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  1. Starkess

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month (a writing challenge to write 50k words in a month) which is both time-limiting and also makes me kind of worded out for reading. So not really picking up my current book (The Lathe of Heaven). I did start an audiobook on my long run today. Picked up Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein from the library. I'd never heard of it (or the authors), but so far it's pretty entertaining and it definitely helped the miles go by.
  2. I needed to find some old link and I knew it was somewhere in the depths of my old LiveJournal. Ended up getting caught up reading the saga of my own past life and wow, my serious exes were both major jerks. Like seriously why did I put up with that. So much of the details I had forgotten, and reading with hindsight it was pretty painful. I really, really appreciate that my boyfriend now is an absolute angel. I hope I never have to date anyone else ever again!
  3. Starkess

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Yes, I think you're thinking of his Night Angel series. This one definitely represents a step up for him as a writer--however, I did enjoy the Night Angel series as well so probably a matter of taste.
  4. This is really a terrible decision on their part. They're blaming the libraries, but the fact is that it's their e-book pricing that is the problem. You can argue until you're blue in the face about the costs of making e-books and that consumers should understand the price point, but the fact is that they don't. And most of those lost sales aren't turning to a library copy that they might have to wait weeks or months to read, they're going to piracy. I strongly disapprove of piracy and do not do this myself. But trying to pretend that libraries are the reason people aren't willing to spend $15+ on an e-book is just being willfully ignorant.
  5. Starkess

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Realized that I had checked out Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven from the library, so I guess that's next up for me. I also realized that The Burning White was just released! Final book in a series that I really love (Brent Weeks's Lightbringer). The library has it, but only 2 copies and so my estimated wait time is 23 weeks. Debating buying it instead...although that would give me time to do a re-read. Hm. I do own the first 4, so maybe I should just cough up $15 for it.
  6. Starkess

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Dark Matter. It was entertaining and a quick read, but the writing was average at best (oh the choppy paragraphs!) and I didn't really connect with many of the characters. Also, despite everyone touting it as a "thriller", I did not find it to be so. It wasn't particularly tense or scary to me, which is good, since hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight. Next up I have The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.
  7. Starkess

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I picked up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch from the library. I'm a bit hesitant because it has good reviews but is described as a thriller. I get scared super easily and reading thrillers usually will end with me not sleeping for a few nights and leaving all the lights on (yes I'm a 30something grown woman lol). So maybe will start that one in the daylight!
  8. It also just seems really unnecessary. Perrin already has some of the saddest familial storylines, with his entire family getting killed while he was gone. Do we really need to pile on a dead wife on top of that? Why? I really hope it's like a sister-in-law or something to help emphasize Perrin's story/loss and not a stupid wife to be fridged.
  9. Starkess

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Thanks, everyone! It's a digital magazine, I'll certainly post a link when it's published--we're target Nov 15!
  10. Starkess

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Not exactly a novel, but I got the signed contract today for my first ever short story sale.
  11. Starkess

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Yes, I'm giving it a go this year. I haven't done much new writing, and I have an idea I want to work on, so why not! You can add me on their site if you want, my username is noranne. I've attempted NaNo a few times and never gotten close to "winning", so we'll see how this goes...
  12. Starkess

    LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

    Alright, flying to NZ brb I'm only 6'4" but there's gotta be some Numenorean women right?
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