Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian is the second book in the Narnia series. In middle school I devoured the whole series one after the other as fast as I could. Middle school is where I really began to love books outside of the Babysitter’s Club.

Prince Caspian starts off a year after the Fearsome Four had returned from Narnia. They all remember it fondly and wish to go back. Lucky for them they get their second chance.

When they return though everything has changed. The scenery the creatures act differently. And finally we find out that time is so different in Narnia v our world that a thousand years have past since they were there last. This kind of made me sad. All the wonderful creatures and friends they had made had all passed away a long time ago and new friends had to be made. Asland though was still alive and strong as ever. I did like the mouse in the story Reepicheep he is a fun new character.

Prince Caspian has be usurped and is trying to regain this throne from his uncle Miraz who killed his father to have the throne to himself. The four children find him and learn from the forest creatures and Caspian how horrible the rule has been under Miraz. With Miraz trying to kill prince Caspian a battle ensues.

I liked this book, but it was lacking the same awe and wonder the first book had with the children discovering everything for the first time. There is still the good v evil going on, but in a more traditional battle this time. Even thought it wasn’t as great as the first I still really enjoyed this book.

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a book that I hesitated to read. The premise sounded totally dumb to me. Mostly I asked other people what the story was about and they were all, “Talking Farm Animals. It’s and allegory.” And I was always like nah, I’m good I’ll skip that one.

Then when I was a tutor for high school students they were reading the book and I thought, “I better read that book to make sure I can help them out with any tricky questions.”

To my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed it! Orwell in my opinion is good at prose and a good storyteller. Right off the bat I was sucked into this crazy world were the animals become self-aware and start thinking of their circumstances and situations they have been put into.

Like Lord of the Flies (which I really didn’t care for) it starts off innocent and then takes a gradual dark turn. I really do think that Animal Farm is a great allegory for politics and even thought I know it was a commentary at the time specifically about Russia, I feel like it is still relevant today with most political systems.

The ending….wow! Totally realistic, even for talking animals.

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I, Robot

I feel like such a genre slut, I can’t keep to just one genre. I think the kind of reader I am sticking to one genre would make me bored. So, today is sci-fi.

I first decided to read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov after watching the movie I, Robot with Will Smith. Smith did a great job, by the way, he always does.

Anyhow, when I started reading the actual book I was surprised it was a compilation of short stories about robots and not one cohesive story about one special robot. It does, however, have a robot psychologist that is in nearly every story. Susan Calvin is a bit scary to me. If I was a robot I would definitely be scared of her and keep all my secrets from Susan. Any out of the ordinary thought a robot has, no matter how innocent she always seems to wipe their memories completely. Sometimes I didn’t even see it coming! Which goes back to the fact that she is a robot psychologist, but her answer to any kind of psychology of a robot is to squash anything a robot has to become humanlike or more self-conscience. I kind of ended up hating her, but that’s not to say that the stories aren’t fascinating.

The robots in the story start off primitive and as the story progresses become more sophisticated. Although, any of the robots in this book are more advanced than any robots we have nowadays.

The other thing that connects all the stories is that there are three laws of robotics that all robots have to adhere to, which many other authors and movies seem to borrow from as well:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

If you love books about robots and want some short stories to read I recommend I, Robot.

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So, it feels likes it’s been sooo long since I’ve written anything here! I’ve been a bit MIA because I’ve been in the middle of quitting one job and looking for another, but I have some time on my hands today so I thought that I would share that my new book Stormy Kind of Love is out for pre-order.99 until tomorrow.

Stormy Kind of Love is a suspenseful romance with more heat than I usually write, but since it is my first romance novel, I thought it was necessary.


Blurb:
It’s Rachel’s first day of Sophomore year at Oklahoma State University. The first day of school her biggest problem is getting to class late. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, only one of the men who is a potential love interest is hiding secrets that put Rachel in danger. Will Rachel make the right choices or put herself in danger for love?

Filtering

I found this awesome writing blog about Filtering. What the author is talking about is how the world is filtered in first POV or third POV by the prose used to describe scenes. For example, using the words felt, thought, contemplated, within a POV. Here is the link. If you are a writer I highly recommend to check it out!

Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was probably the first romance I read when I was in college. And I loved it!

Redeeming Love is actually based off the Biblical story of Gomer and Hosea. You know the age-old story where God tells Hosea to marry that girl and Hosea is all, but she’s a prostitute God! And God is all, did I stutter? Tale as old as time. 😉

Anyhow, when I first read this book I was like how in the world is this going to unfold, because I had read the Bible story and most of the characters in the Bible (imo, not to offend anyone) are pretty bland and straightforward because they are teaching lessons not entertainment. So how was she going to bring these two-dimensional characters to life? Well, she did and she did an amazing job!

I loved both love interests. Angel has a heartbreaking backstory and her attitude stems from that, and her brokenness is why I was drawn to her character.

Michael is a little too good to be true at times, but his persistence also makes him a likable character.

Overall, this was a really good book to start off the romance genre for me. Not to mention I love the time period of the gold rush. If you are looking for a sweet romance with some dark undertones and a religious background I recommend you read this book.

Writing- Action Beats

So, as usual, I was using the world wide web to learn more about writing. If you want to get better and you don’t have the money to attend conferences and take expensive classes like me it’s the next best thing.

Today, I discovered Action Beats. I had been using them in my writing and didn’t even know there was a name for them. Turns out I’ve been using them kind of wrong. Now I know better. Here is an amazing article on Action Beats. She really spells it out and you should check it out if you are a writer and also don’t understand or know what an action beat is.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The first time I read this book was in middle school and I loved it as much then as I do now. The world is different than any other I had ever heard of before and it was the best. I related so much to Lucy and her optimistic outlook on life. Only seeing the good in people (or talking animals).

As a child, I wanted to jump into this book and experience this new world. What child wouldn’t want to find a new world at the back of a closet during a game of hide and seek? As an adult, it brought back that nostalgia of imagination and wonder. Sometimes I was shocked how brave Lucy was talking to strange creatures and not running away.

Not only was Lewis great at creating a unique universe his characters are very dynamic. All the sisters and brothers are so different from each other. Even each creature is so fleshed out that you feel like you have met that type of person in your everyday life. And to top it off and intriguing plot.

One thing I was surprised about as a child was that my mother told me this story was a Christian allegory where Aslan was like God. I didn’t see the connection when I was younger. Although, the fight against good and evil is certainly there. And honestly, I might have missed it as an adult as well if it wasn’t pointed out. Both times I was so immersed into the story it really felt like a different world with a different set of rules and where religion was kind of far off and not as important as the task at hand.

The best part of this book is that my daughter also loves it! Something we can talk about and discuss. Now I just need to get her to read the next one!

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A Clash of Kings

Did I mention before that I love the way Martin writes? Well, I do. His writing is just so gripping and pulls you right into the story. Love it.

A Clash of Kings is the second of The Song of Ice and Fire series. I think I liked it even better than Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones, it introduced a lot of main characters and the main problem that will run through the series. In A Clash of Kings, we get to know the characters more in depth. They all over the map in Westeros going their own way with their own stories.

My favorite character is still Daenerys even though she makes bad decisions from time to time. She is strong and a good leader. The fact that she is still barely a teen making such grown up decisions just goes to show how much she has to grow and become that much stronger.

The characters either become more endearing or more hated in this book. I think the connection between the Stark children and their direwolves are interesting and I keep wondering if there is a deeper connection or meaning that hasn’t been revealed yet.

Still so many people die. The next in the series is A Storm of Swords 🙂


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A Monk’s Tail

This was an amusing story. I don’t normally read this kind of book, but I’m glad I did. The world building and descriptions really brought me into another world filled with humanoid animals. I believe the only other book I’ve read with talking animal characters was The Chronicles of Narnia and that was ages ago. This is very different from Lewis’ novel…very different in a good way and there are no people at all, which really makes it that much better. 


I think the main character Bow is a great MC, certainly intertaining. He is sarcastic and kind of an ass, but a loveable ass. He really makes the book great and he cracks me up. The great thing about a character like Bow is that even though he is crass and speaks his mind whether he should or not is that he is loyal and he really would die for any of his friends, a true hero. 


In fact, I really loved all the characters. They are all a bit cheeky in their own ways and some of them have pretty cool magical abilities. 
If you are looking for an adult book with a humorous tone and talking animals this would be a good book for you. It is also good at setting a medieval-ish tone and sucking you into another world.