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    Ashe Elton Parker
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    I’ve been considering doing this for a few months now in the hopes it’ll get me reading other authors’ books more often. I will be reading a combination of fiction and nonfiction, as I’ve decided to include research materials. To begin, I will list some books I intend to read (or finish reading) over the course of this year, not necessarily in the order I have listed them.

    My firm goal is to read at least 12 books this year. Tentative goal is to read 18.

    FICTION FIRST-TIME READS:

    [strike]A Time to Plant – A sweet inspirational romance by Kelly Eileen Hake (Started Jan 2014)[/strike]

    Dracula – horror by Bram Stoker (Started, apparently, late 2012)

    Changeless – historical steampunk urban fantasy by Gail Carriger (Also apparently started in 2012)

    Into the Forest Shadows – science fiction by J.A. Marlow (Again, started in 2012)

    A Princess, a Boatman, and a Lizard – genre-spanning anthology Edited by J.A. Marlow (also apparently started in 2012)

    Cat Eyes – genre-spanning anthology Edited by J.A. Marlow

    [strike]The Collegium Chronicles book IV: Redoubt – fantasy by Mercedes Lackey (Started Jan 2014)[/strike]

    Tales of the Magatama, Book II: Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince – fantasy by Noriko Ogiwara; Translated by Cathy Hirano; Illustrations by Miho Satake (Started sometime in 2013)

    FICTION REREADS (because I’ve forgotten most of the plot/story):

    Shield of Three Lions – historical fiction by Pamela Kaufman

    Heart Readers – fantasy by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

    Lythande – fantasy short story collection by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    NONFICTION:

    Camp-Lore and Woodcraft – by Daniel Beard

    Shelters, Shacks and Shanties – by D.C. Beard

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    Finished Collegium Chronicles Book Four: Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey.

    Was afraid the story wouldn’t end when the pages did . . . there are not any ad/mail order form pages in the back of this book, no little extas as have been in one or two of her other novels, and there aren’t even any blank pages between the ending of the story and the cover (it’s a paperback). Considering there aren’t a timeline or any maps, either, I probably shouldn’t be suprised.

    I don’t find the books in this series the most gripping of Lackey’s Valdemar/Velgarth books (that descrpition belongs to her Last Herald-Mage Trilogy to this day, no matter how many times I reread them), but they do hold my attention.

    In this particular installment of the series, Mags is once again trying to solve the mystery of a series of foreigners who’ve been infiltrating Valdemar and its capitol city of Haven. At this point, he and others have managed to “defeat” a previous pair of foreigners, which were replaced by a far more skilled and capable pair. I can’t say much more without giving spoilers, but I will say that Mags does finally get some information about his and his parents’ pasts in the course of the tale, which is a plot line running through all the books so far. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the next paperback int he series. I want to see what Mags does with this information.

    Ashe Elton Parker
    "Just love me, fear me, do as I say, and I will be your slave." ~ David Bowie as Jareth in Labyrinth
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    Finished A Time to Plant by Kelly Eileen Hake

    This is a sweet (no sex) historical inspirational romance.

    This story is set in the mid to late 1800’s. Not sure exactly when, but I think it’s near the turn of the century by a couple of generations. The plot is simple, as misunderstandings abound when Delana arrives on her fiancé’s homestead to find there’s no house. Dustin and his friends/relatives who are homesteading on three neighboring properties have a smithy and a barn, and that’s about it. They haven’t even built an outhouse. As the story progresses, the various misunderstandings are cleared up as the author sets up characterization for the final conflict, over Delana’s pregnancy.

    As a category romance (approx 50k words), it’s a relatively short read, and I found it entertaining and compelling enough I didn’t lose interest in the characters or plot, despite its simplicity.

    Ashe Elton Parker
    "Just love me, fear me, do as I say, and I will be your slave." ~ David Bowie as Jareth in Labyrinth
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    Member since 1998.
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