New excerpt up! This time from the speculative fiction novel, The Archaeologist.
Thomas always wanted to be an archaeologist and study the history of Old Earth, but when he uncovers the find of a lifetime, his mistake leads to the banning of archaeologists, labeling them as nothing more than grave-robbers and death-traitors. Did Thomas really find the tomb of Cleopatra, or is it just another hoax among many? Thomas is determined to prove himself better than a common thief…if for no other reason than the love of a woman.
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I am not finished with it yet, but at the moment, I’m in the middle of reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
So far this book does an excellent job of increasing the level of suspense as I read, and I enjoy the characters. I’m really curious how the twist will turn out–I don’t want to say more than that and spoil it for anyone. Definitely a great psychological thriller so far!
What are you reading?
Thanksgiving has quite the bloody history behind it, as do most holidays (I’m looking at you Columbus Day), but for me–I would prefer to honor the Native Americans by spending time with my friends and family. By being thankful for being alive, having a roof over my head, and a job that I love.
Hopefully all of you have taken a little time to be with someone you care about today. Even if you can’t be with your family, go find some friends to enjoy the holiday with and avoid those crazy Black Friday sales.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Out of all the books in the world, from all of history, what are your top five favorite books?
Here are mine:
||#1: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
An excellent fairy-tale with speculative fiction elements sprinkled with bits and pieces of events from the author’s childhood. I absolutely loved the language of this story–his best work yet.
||#2: Blackoutand All Clear by Connie Willis
These two novels are sci-fi time-traveling books that are mostly set in England during the Blitz of World War II. While it is sci-fi, it often reads like historical fiction. Connie Willis did her homework on this era, and the suspense in this is so tight that I stayed up into the wee hours devouring these two books.
||#3: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book gives an excellent view of prejudice and racism in our country’s past, but from the point of view of a child. The loss of innocence that comes with growing up and realizing that people can be very cruel and hateful, makes for an excellent story, excellent read, and excellent lesson.
||#4: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I loved teaching this novel as much as I love reading it. It’s the ultimate lesson in censorship and fast-living. I love technology, but even I understand the importance of stopping to smell the roses. Bradbury does an excellent job of covering just that topic.
||#5: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
To me, this is the ultimate fantasy novel. I know many would argue a case for Lord of the Rings, which would be my #6, but MZB took the story of King Arthur and gave it quite the feminist twist. I love this novel for its beauty and complexity.
I’m supposed to be posting an excerpt today, but the upper respiratory infection I have kicked my butt this week. I’ll post it on Monday, and in the meantime, I’ll leave you with an awesome article that promises 10 Fascinating Facts about Ravens.
For example, I had no idea that ravens could mimic human speech. I knew they were highly intelligent, but not that they could sound like us!
How cool is that?
For some light reading, I just finished web comic Allie Brosch’s book, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. This is a 384 page book based on her web comic.
Hyperbole and a Half Book
If you’ve not visited her site, you are missing out! She writes about very real topics in a way that makes me laugh until my sides hurt. Two of my favorites are: God of Cake
Her book is just as good as the web comic, though I wish it had more of the newer content than it did. About half of the book is content from the website, and the other half is newer content not seen on her page. Either way, it was an enjoyable read that had me laughing until I cried, even while battling a sinus infection.
What are you reading these days?
Hopefully it is as enjoyable as Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened..
I was going to post something lighthearted today about the research I’m doing for a novel, but after finding out about this, I had to post.
When people wonder why our country isn’t measuring up to others, just look to events like this as the answer. The University of North Texas spent $78 million to build the brand new Apogee Stadium.
Apogee Stadium was “designed by the same team that created the spectacular Dallas Cowboys Stadium….Apogee features two huge, state-of-the-art video boards, 21 luxury suites, 750 club seats, high-tech facilities for broadcast and print media, banquet rooms and an 1,800-square-foot team apparel store.” It seats 30,850.
All of this for a football team that no one outside of Texas has ever heard of…and yet, UNT just decided that it doesn’t need a library anymore. That’s right, UNT doesn’t need a library
. It is forcing the library to slash 1.7 million a year from it’s budget to keep operating. Just in case your math fails you, Apogee Stadium money could have funded that shortfall for FORTY-FIVE years.
But in Texas (and many places in the US), athletics is more important than academics.
I’m all for people being entertained or playing sports, but never at the cost of learning.
Save the UNT Library!
Though not as many words this week as I’d like. I spent the majority of the week #plotstorming for a YA novel I’m writing for a contest.
Since Monday, I’ve written 6,492 words and edited 50 pages. I foresee that next week will be much more productive since I’ve got everything outlined.
The best way to be a good writer is to be a good reader. So what am I reading today?
When the Day of Evil Comes by Melanie Wells
At the moment, I’m reading a thriller called When the Day of Evil Comes
by Melanie Wells
. It’s not a author I’m familiar with, but the folks over on Goodreads
really seem to like it, so I decided to give it a shot. Definitely suspenseful so far, but not quite terrifying. But then, I’m only 1/4 of the way through it!
So what are you reading?