Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekly Quote #12 ~ Douglas Adams

Mulluane | Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 5 Comments so far

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

 ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Quote by Douglas Adams Design by Mulluane


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Douglas Adams. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Days of the Deer (Saga of the Borderlands) by Liliana Bodoc

Mulluane | Monday, June 23, 2014 | 12 Comments so far

It is known that the strangers will sail from some part of the Ancient Lands and will cross the Yentru Sea. All our predictions and sacred books clearly say the same thing. The rest is all shadows. Shadows that prevent us from seeing the faces of those who are coming.

In the House of Stars, the Astronomers of the Open Air read contradictory omens. A fleet is coming to the shores of the Remote Realm. But are these the long-awaited Northmen, returned triumphant from the war in the Ancient Lands? Or the emissaries of the Son of Death come to wage a last battle against life itself?

From every village of the seven tribes, a representative is called to a Great Council. One representative will not survive the journey. Some will be willing to sacrifice their lives, others their people, but one thing is certain: the era of light is at an end.

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The Day of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc

| Source: Won in a Tor Sweepstakes
| Author: Liliana Bodoc 
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Alternate history, Mythology
| ISBN-10: 1848870280
| ISBN-13: 9781848870284
| Publisher: Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
| Translated by Nick Caistor and Lucia Caistor Arendar
| Mass Market Paperback: 318 pages
| Cover Artist: Ghost
| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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The Days of the Deer (Saga of the Borderlands, #1)


♦ Mini Review ♦
Tired of Epic Fantasy set in medieval times? Looking for a change of scenery that is familiar and yet different? This book may fit the bill. Set mainly in South America, in the 15th century, this tale takes a familiar era and turns it upside down and inside out.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fun Friday 22 ~ Are Sub-Genres Even Useful?

Mulluane | Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 17 Comments so far
Another Friday, another thought provoking question to play with!

So here is the usual weekly recap before we move on to the fun stuff.
Now on to the Question! 


Are Sub-Genres Even Useful?




I can't take full credit for this question. I got the idea while I was reading my favorite fantasy forum and somebody asked what constituted "Dark Fantasy."


saturn with revolving moonsCurious as to what the "official" definition was I went looking. What I discovered was -- there isn't one. Oh there were alot of opinions but none of them agreed with the others. It literally meant something different to different people. Including me. My definition didn't exactly match any of the ones I found online.

But that was just an example. I've read Epic Fantasy that was anything but epic. I've read Epic fantasy that to me, was actually sword and sorcery. It has gotten so bad that I have no idea what anything is anymore. I even got asked to review a book recently that was billed as sci-fi when it was clearly secondary world pure fantasy; no aliens, no technology, no mention of space or the future at all. Of course maybe I have no idea what sci-fi means anymore either.

So my question is, how seriously do you take how a book is marketed when choosing what to read? As near as I can tell, that is all those labels are, marketing tools. They have very little meaning outside of that. It appears like some publicist decides a book will appeal to epic fantasy, dark fantasy, sci-fi or horror fans and so forevermore, that book is filed under that genre. Even if the contents prove otherwise.

So what about you? Do you...

Agree?
Disagree?
Have a different take on the whole thing?

Please leave a comment and let us know!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekly Quote #11 ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mulluane | Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 2 Comments so far

“Remain true to yourself, child.

If you know your own heart,

you will always have one friend who does not lie.”

-- Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Forest House --

Friendship Quote by Marion Zimmer Bradley ~ Background Design by Mulluane


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Marion Zimmer Bradley's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Friday 21 ~ What Fantasy Profession Would You Pick?

Mulluane | Friday, June 13, 2014 | 20 Comments so far
Another Friday, another thought provoking question to play with! 

So here is the usual weekly recap before we move on to the fun stuff.
  • Posted Weekly Quote #10 ~ Christopher Paolini
  • No reviews. Still reading.
  • Continued scheduling old reviews to go out on Twitter. Scheduled 4 old posts a day to go out in 3-4 hour intervals. Not getting alot of clicks but every click is one more I may have never gotten otherwise.
  • Posted the cover reveal of Terry Goodkind's new book.

*Static* (We now interrupt this post for some important information...) *Beep*


I want to take a minute to address some personal stuff. I'll try to be brief.

You may, or may not have noticed a slower response time on replying to comments and posting reviews. Here is the deal. The resident House Dragon (ie the BF), is scheduled to have angioplasty on his legs. Right now we are in the pre-surgery tests stage. His sister, who lives with us, is scheduled for knee surgery, both legs, sinus surgery, jaw surgery and we have no idea what the plans are for her back. She is also in the pre-surgery testing stage but is a non-driver so I am her chauffeur. It is not unusual to have a doctor's appointment of some kind (often 2) most days of the week. And it will get worse before it gets better because at some point they will be bedridden and in need of lots of TLC. I am literally running around like a chicken with its head cut of...

On the upside, I'm getting DSL on Monday. This should help me to be more productive with the little time I do have. I have NO plans to stop posting, I'll just be kinda sporadic for awhile. I ask only that you be patient.


Now on to the Question! 


If you had an important role in a fantasy novel: What Fantasy Profession Would You Prefer? 


Elven Archer

Again this is strictly Fantasy. No Intergalactic Storm Troopers. No Super Heroes. Yeah, I know, not fair but Fantasy is my thing and if you start picking Sci-fi stuff I likely won't even know what it means. Plus I can keep Sci-fi in the wings in case I need a question one week. {Evil Grin} What I will allow, in the interest of being partially fair, is Urban, Contemporary, Or Paranormal as long as the profession is on the fantasy side of the fence. The local police officer won't cut it (unless they are a werewolf of course.)







Here is a basic list. As always, feel free to add your own.

1. Pirate... argggg
2. Genie
3. Assassin
4. Royalty ie King, Queen, Prince, Princess
5. Warrior
6. Bard, Minstrel
7. Wizard
8. Witch
9. Greatest thief in all the land!
10. Dragon Tamer
12. Vampire Extraordinaire
13. Spy
14. Reluctant Hero
15. God or Goddess
16. Blacksmith (kinda mundane but not if you create magical swords!)
17. Necromancer
18. Oracle
19. Archer
20. Fool

♦ My Answer ♦

Umm, well this is harder than I expected it to be. I think Assassin. A beautiful, kickass, highly skilled, female assassin. Afterall, it is fantasy right? I wouldn't be killing actual people. Though if I was her, I'd likely target murderers, rapists, slavers etc. You know, the really bad guys.


So what would your fantasy career of choice be? You can even add in a race if you want. Elven Warrior or Dwarven Blacksmith for example, just to spice things up a bit.


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Weekly Quote #10 ~ Christopher Paolini

Mulluane | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 7 Comments so far

“It's amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. 

As long as this book survives, his ideas live.”

-- Christopher Paolini, Eragon --


Quote by Christopher Paolini ~ Design by Mulluane


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Christopher Paolini's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind Cover Reveal!

Mulluane | Saturday, June 07, 2014 | Be the first to comment!
This fantastic news just in from Tor/Forge Books. 

"Terry Goodkind has revealed the cover for his upcoming novel, Severed Souls!

From the author of the Sword of Truth series comes a sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world. Severed Souls will be available on August 5th."


Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind

Blurb and short excerpt:



From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives...sooner rather than later.

"Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man’s shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.

It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.

Three knives were buried up to their brass cross-guards in the man’s chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man’s chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.

Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.

He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up into his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death."


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Book Info:

Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
8/5/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765327741
ISBN10: 0765327740

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About Terry Goodkind:

The author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine, Terry Goodkind lives in Henderson, Nevada.

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Now this is one book I'm REALLY excited about!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Fun Friday 20 ~ What is Your Favorite Fantasy Movie?

Mulluane | Friday, June 06, 2014 | 14 Comments so far
Another Friday, another frivolous question to play with! This is a quick and easy one, maybe. Sometimes it is really hard to pick a favorite but I know you all are up to the task!

So here is the usual weekly recap before we move on to the fun stuff.
  • Posted Weekly Quote #9 ~ A.A. Milne
  • No reviews. I have a couple of tomes I'm reading that I haven't finished yet.
  • Added some old reviews to Goodreads. Never hurts to recycle content
  • Same with Twitter, Scheduled 4 old posts a day to go out in 3-4 hour intervals.
  • Scheduled the next 3 quotes to go live every Thursday. I need to do this more often.
Now on to the Question! 
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What is your favorite fantasy movie? 


Now before we get started, this is strictly Fantasy. No Star Wars. No Avengers. More like Shrek, Harry Potter, or Ice Age. In other words no Sci-fi. Now I could do a starter list but this question really doesn't need one. I'm betting most of you already know your answer.

♦ My Answer ♦

Neverending Story. Hands Down. This is the first Fantasy movie I ever fell in love with so holds a special place in my heart. Just like all first loves usually do. I've seen all three but it was the first one that won my heart. The others were just gravy.

So what is your favorite? If you just can't pick one, feel free to do a list. We won't mind. 


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Weekly Quote #9 ~ A.A. Milne

Mulluane | Thursday, June 05, 2014 | 3 Comments so far

“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. 

Even longer,' Pooh answered.”

-- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh --


Quote by A.A. Milne ~ Design by Mulluane


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is A.A. Milne's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

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