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You just can’t win, Tama. You just can’t win.

Thanks to everyone that answered the LeyLian survey!! I thought I’d share some of the results from what turned out to be my favorite question: What’s your favorite books, TV shows, and films?

Whovians! My goodness there are a lot of us! (I’m a recent convert to Doctor Who. Tennant hooked me, but Matt Smith finally won my heart. Definitely my favorite Doctor!) Star Trek, Firefly, and Castle were also popular. (Methinks I detect some fellow Fillion fans, no? He’s one of the few celebrities I’d like to one day meet in person. Also, I once had a dream where I tried to get him to back my Kickstarter, but then he was kidnapped by muppets. Or rescued. It’s hard to say…)

Animation, in general, was also popular. Both for TV and film. Anime, Avatar the Last Airbender, and My Little Pony were popular, as were Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, and Studio Ghibli for film. Which is exciting for me, as I’m still very much addicted to animation and I’d always viewed it as a “guilty pleasure” that I had to keep mostly secret, since I’m supposed to be a “grown up” now. (Pff, growing up, what’s that??)

However, above allll else, reading was the most popular activity! WHICH IS AWESOME, BECAUSE I WAS OUT OF BOOKS AND NOW I KNOW SOME NEW AUTHORS! Some of the most popular authors were: Terry Pratchett, Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Jim Butcher, Mercedes Lackey, Garth Nix, Charles Dickens, and Ursula K. ke Guin. Half of which I’m already a huge fan of…and the other half which I’ve never heard of. YAY NEW AUTHORS!

This is both fantastic and dangerous, because I’m a binge reader. I always tell myself, “I’m going to savor this book. I’ll read it over a period of weeks, over soothing cups of tea, sitting in patches of sunshine. I’m going to nurture and OH WHO AM I KIDDING GIVE ME ALL THE WORDS ALL THE WORDS NAOW!!” And before I know it I’ve done nothing but sit in one place for 10 hours, both legs are asleep, and I’ve finished the novel in a day. Gets me every time. Especially with Dresden novels, which get me every dang time!

What’s your favorite way to read?


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Depends on the book and my schedule, but I normally read my books all in one go, even if it keeps me up for a fair amount of the night. If it is a heavy reading book, with a lot to think about, I tend to take more breaks. You might like reading Tamora Pierce books as well. Some of them I don’t like as well, but others I do. She is very good at including characters from previous series in new ones (so you can hear a little bit about what happened to them after the series).

Tamora Pierce was one of the more commonly mentioned authors, and I haven’t read any of her books. Which are your favorites?

You haven’t read any Tamora Pierce?! Gasp! I… Don’t even know where to start with that, she only formed my childhood (along with Brian Jacques, of course.)
Welp, if you still haven’t read any of her stuff, I’d recommend starting with Alanna, and her adventures. From there you can move on to Daine (her first book is Wild Magic) and then to either the Trickster’s books or Beka Cooper books.

I gave up on the fandom question because I realized I would inevitably forget something and be unhappy. But on books, I will happily recommend some Lois McMaster Bujold and Elizabeth Moon if you haven’t read either. I’m old school, Tom Baker Who all the way. It’s not that the new actors are bad, I just hate the scripts. I also despised Rose as possibly the worst written assistant ever. There’s a lot of tell and not enough show in the new Who, and a lot of complete failures at basic writing.

I like it when I find a book I will actually read every last word of in the correct order, which is rare. More often than not, there’s a bit where I just go “yeah yeah, I know what you’re doing here, move along” and skip it. I’ll come back later if I feel I missed something or just liked the book enough. Lackey is the worst for this. On the other hand, Tolkein and Shohei Ooka treated their words with such love I have to read each one as it is placed on the pages. I vary between quite one or two chapter sittings an evening and binges where I blink blearily at 6 am to my spouse complaining that I never went to bed.

Elizabeth Moon!! “The Deed of Paksenarion” was a defining book in my life. Formative for my sense of self and moral codes. It was given to me by an uncle who realized I loved to read, and with great solemnity passed down an already VERY worn copy of that book. Which I have since lovingly taped back together three or four times. Including pieces of the cover. I keep thinking about buying a new copy, but there’s something about that tattered, enduring book that I love.

I love to read wherever and whenever and however I can. It doesn’t matter whats going on, if I’ve got a good book on me I will pull that thing out. I once was so focused that a friend scared me when they said hi even though they walked up to me from directly in front of my face.
Also, if you want a particularly good series that just finished look up the Wheel of Time series next book run you make. Also, Pamela Freeman, Steven Erikson (if you go for the darker stuff sometimes) and Brandon Sanderson are all excellent authors. I would’ve provided far more in depth info on the reading front if I had thought it was desired (my brain r silly sometimes).

I haven’t heard of Pamela Freeman, Steven Erikson, and Brandon Sanderson! Could you tell me more about their work? What do you like most about their work, and what are their best books?

All that I’ve read from the three of them is epic fantasy (I spend almost too much time in that section of B&N). That being said, they are rather unique from each other.
Pamela Freeman has written four books that I’ve picked up, one of which I need to finish. They have a good racial tension story in with the usual chosen hero on a quest in medieval setting with a very unique and good magic system and society in general. The characters are well drawn and I find it hard to root against even the big bad of the series once his motive was explained.
Brandon Sanderson has written several things, including the final few volumes of the Wheel of Time series which he authored using the notes from the series deceased author. His own works include the Mistborn series which will eventually include three trilogies, of which only the first group have been released, two stand alone novels that I’m aware of titled Elantris and Warbreaker, and his grand masterpiece series called the Stormlight Archives. The Mistborn series will follow the progression of a society from medieval-y to modern to futuristic with a couple of pit-stops along the way at midpoints one of which is sort of steam-punky/western and already out. Elantris is a kingdom in turmoil deal, but with basically a Hebrew Ghetto from back before the Nazi’s started getting worse mixed in in a not totally offensive and messed up way (if that makes any sense what-so-ever). Warbreaker is… hard to explain, but it’s very interesting. The Stormlight archives have only had a single volume out so far, but that’s mainly so that Brandon could satisfy we starving WoT fans by finishing the series after 20 years. If not for those the second would probably already be here. That being said, the first of the Stormlight Archives, The Way of Kings, has set an incredibly high bar for the rest of the series that makes me get all tingly with excitement. All of his works have featured unique, occasionally perplexing, and interesting magic systems as well as always having at least one very strong female lead.
Steven Erikson has written only a single series so far. He is in the midst of following it up with a prequel trilogy of which the first volume has been released. The portion that has been released so far is very deep, more than a little dark, and at times a bit overly graphic in terms of violence. The characters are incredibly well drawn and nearly impossible to mix up with the only real issue being keeping track of where all his characters are after about the first two or three volumes. The only real negatives I have for it are the graphic violence, the mild character bloat (which is helped by only having a couple of POV groups out of the 8 or 9 that he has by the end), and a vaguely unsatisfying and slightly confusing ending. On the upside, he also has a really well developed magic system, great overall story, and characters that you can willing invest in. This one comes in ten volumes for the main series, five additional volumes published by the world’s co-creator Ian C. Esslemont, and the three prequel works.
Um… I seem to have rambled… shoot… lol, hope this isn’t too much info, and greatest apologies to the master of the Lines if so.

I love a good ramble, myself, so never worry about that here! 🙂

Thanks for the info on all these books! I’d looked at the Mistborn books at B&N but never picked them up. (This is common – I usually will consider buying a book 3-4 times before actually buying it!) I didn’t even realize there were more books by this author. Definitely have to give all of these a look! Thank you!

I have been known to read a small to medium sized book in a day. A larger book might take two or three. 😀 When I was little, I had trouble reading, so I had to take a special class for improving reading, and we read the most fun things and got little prizes and things. I blame that class for addicting me to books.

Yay Garth Nix! His Abhorsen trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) is excellent. But it’s under young adult literature, so a lot of people skip over it. Another excellent series in YA is Susan Cooper’s “The Dark Is Rising” books – there’s five, though one is relatively short compared to the other four. Much, much better than the film that was made a few years ago, but she wrote them in the 70s and they’re still good and relevant.

If you want to look more at cyberpunk-style books, William Gibson and Neal Stephenson are excellent. Gibson’s “Neuromancer” and Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” are seminal novels in the genre, and really introduced a lot of the terms and concepts that we use and think about today in real life computing.

If it’s a series that I particularly like, I will definitely binge-read well into the night. Later I’ve been getting a bit better about “spacing” them out.

Garth Nix’s books are ones that I’ve picked up off the shelf and put back down…I can’t even count how many times. I’ve been so badly burned on fantasy stories, I just couldn’t get over the worry that that series would be the same. Seems like next time I see them, I should snatch them up!

Sabriel is a perfectly good read, but he really hits his stride in Lirael and Abhorsen. I would recommend reading it in order, though, since Sabriel introduces the world and develops parts of it, as well as introduces characters that are pretty important in the second and third books.

Oh, God, the Dresden Files. I inhaled them over the course of last summer. It filled me with a deep sense of inadequacy. The man is a robot… no wonder you like him.

(Also, is Tamora Pierce on the read-list or the not-read-list? Because if you haven’t read her, boy howdy are you in for a treat.)

I should put you in touch with my GF, Dayna, she reads like no one else i know

I wish I had more time for reading…but knowing me, I’d just fill it with more projects. What I REALLY need is an implant that reduces my sleep needs to 3 hours, tops.

Oh Nathan Filion. He’s my pick for William in Bell, Book and Pistol in my fantasy of a live action movie of my webcomic. *sigh*

Depends on scheduling, but usually I read in the evenings during the week or afternoon & evening on weekends. I tend to fixate and read into the wee hours if I don’t discipline myself; I’ve sometimes read the night away.

I really like the timing of this page.

Ahh… reading. I’m definitely a binge reader. It’s gotten to the point now where I’ve read enough good authors that if I don’t like a plot or writing style that I stop and go on to something else because I don’t want to spend hours reading something I don’t like.

One author I haven’t seen mentioned is R. A. Salvadore. Most of his books take place in the Forgotten Realms universe and he has a good balance of humor vs. serious. He’s very good at taking the cliches of modern fantasy and making them very un-cliche.

My favorite manga is “Naruto”. It’s probably taught me more about good character development and world-building then all the other books I’ve read. It’s also spoiled me for consistent plots and there are now certain books/movies I don’t like as much as I used to because I’m used to better thought out characters and plots.

Pfffttt grown up, ha! I still watch “Invader Zim,” “Animaniacs” and “Pinky and the Brain” regularly. And “Looney Tunes” and pretty much all kids movies that come out currently. I’ll never grow up! I am the breasted version of Peter Pan! Bwahahah!

I, too, am a binge reader. I had thought my days of that long gone with the little one, but as it turns out it is nearly the only hobby that I get to keep. I read while nursing…and as such, I read TO him. So…he’s growing up with Tavi and Max and Kitai 🙂 Granted, evenin knowing the stories as well as I do l get frustrated because reading out loud takes SOOOO much longer, so I read to myself, finish the series, and start over…again, and again, and again. Given that he’s nearly two months old now, and I average a book a day…well, youcan imagine just how many times I’ve read them, lol.

I’m kind of an odd duck. I’ll sit down and read until I don’t feel like reading anymore. Usually, that’s at a good stopping place when I’m hungry, but I’ve been known to go through four or five books at a time, too, depending on how much time I have (usually this happens when I’m sick). Sometimes I’ll get bogged down in a book and put it down, intending to pick it back up and never do for years. Or I’ll sit down and finish one I get interrupted in the middle as soon as I possibly can. THe most notable “read a crapton of books one after the other in one sitting” incident was when I was about 9; I was sick but I couldnt’ go back to sleep after getting up for school and telling Mom I was sick, so I sat down with all five Chronicles of Prydain and went all the way through Taran Wanderer before Mom came home from work. But, again… I never was able to finish The High King until years later in middle school.

ANyway, on the page…. Argh. I’e beenw here Tama is. That, “Oh my god s/he is so ANNOYING and WHY AWAS I EVEN HAVING THIS ARGUMENT? S/he’s such a (derogation of choice)! ……….*pause* Oh, damn, I’m the one being an insensitive jerkface, aren’t I? Well, SCREW THAT!” *cue argument with self*

I dunno, that seems a very Tama thing to do. He and I seem a lot alike on the inside, lots of insecurities and upsets. Except, Tama’s ‘outer shell’ is wayyy cooler than mine XD

Favorite way to read? Anywhere, anytime, any place. I passed ‘bookworm’ on my way to ‘bibliophile’ somewhere in middle school.

Here’s a couple more authors for you: Robert Heinlein, Asimov, RA Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, Piers Anthony (Read his Xanth books only if you’re feeling punny, his others are really much better), Orson Scott Card, Anne Bishop (tends towards the dark), Anne McCaffrey.

Ok, that’s more than a few. Less than it would be if I had access to my home library of doom though, these are just off the top of my head.

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