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Homeland – Do or Die

Mr. X loves fantasy and I love science fiction. Is it a match made in Heaven or are we doomed to never see eye to eye on fictional choices? The one advantage is that science fiction and fantasy are most commonly shelved together. Mr. X and I are able to stand together in front of the shelves and mock each other's book selections.It took me years and years to realize I LIKED science fiction. People are always trying to convince me that it is just a matter of time before I embrace fantasy the same way. To test this I decided to ask Mr. X for his favorite fantasy book of all time. He replied with Homeland  almost immediately. So the pressure was on. One of my biggest problems with fantasy is the language used. The made up cities and characters and races can be hard to muddle through. I decided my best chance at enjoying Homeland was via audiobook.There is a secret you need to know about Mr. X, he is a bit of a nerd nugget. The world of Homeland is the city of the Dark Elves, also kno…

Who Doesn’t Love a Contest?

Today I am going to highlight two contests for you from two great blogs. Twitter is a great resource for finding out about all the great contests going on around the blogosphere. I love keeping up on all things bookish through tweets. I actually never thought I would be publically proclaiming my love for Twitter, because those people have always REALLY ANNOYED ME. And now I get the pleasure of annoying myself.First up we have a fun little contest from Padfoot and Prongs. This one is more FUN based than prized based (at least for the moment) but since this will be a weekly feature, make sure you keep checking in on the fun.We gals over at GoodBooksInc [aka Padfoot and Prongs] have thought up a fun new literary game for us all to play together and we hope that every single one of you will get the urge to participate.You ready to feel the UUUUUUURGE? Here’s how it works.So lets break it down. Essentially this new feature will be a weekly 'literary' caption contest participated in…

I DID IT!

It’s true! I finally finished a book I was reading. Mr. X was determined that I finish Mockingjay tonight so I couldn’t  disappoint. Sure, it’s 1:30 in the morning. I should be fast asleep and not typing up some celebration post. But things don’t really happen rationally around here.First of all, I am happy that the first book I finished after this long dry spell was connected to dystopia. Although this is my passion, I am starting to worry that maybe I am getting a little burnt out on it. There are so many things racing though my head, most of which are not even relevant and many directly connected with the joy of being over that hurdle. I really felt like there was a road block up there for me for some reason.My feelings are really mixed about Mockingjay and I am trying to figure out the source of this confusion. Is it the genre? The expectation?  I am still not even sure. When I read Hunger Games I had no idea what it was about. It took me completely by surprise. Suzanne Collins co…

Why Can’t I Finish a Book? Part 2

UPDATE FROM PART 1: Nope, didn’t finish a book yet, here’s hoping. But I did find my copy of Never Let Me Go so here’s hoping I get it finished soon.About a year ago I was taking a looking at female science fiction authors. And really there are not as many as you might think. You can probably think of a few off of the top of your head, but when you try and push further you find that is all you got. At least that is what happened to me. But it was in my search for great science fiction by a female author that the name Sheri Tepper came up. There seemed to be  some dispute about the quality of her writing, but most agreed that Grass was a masterpiece. And so far it has not disappointed. Grass is the book I am the closest to being finished with. And with my inability to finish any books lately this is quite encouraging.I am working on this book through audio and though the narration is good, I would not recommend listening to the audio version of the book. The world and characters of Gra…