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Kammbia1

Joined May 2016

Reading should always be a pleasure
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Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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August is Women in Translation Month and I have decided to read German Women Writers. I have already read Blue Night by Simone Buchholz and next up is Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. Erpenbeck came on my radar last year with her novel, The Visitation. I did not get a chance to read that one. However, Go Went Gone was recommended to me. Looking forward to reading this one.

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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I found out about the passing of Toni Morrison earlier today. I‘ve only read 2 of her novels, Song of Solomon and Jazz. Morrison is one of the best writers that America has ever produced and she leaves behind a body of work that rivals anyone in American Literature. RIP

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Blue Night | Simone Buchholz
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I'm heading the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. And I'm starting to read more fiction from Germany. This crime novel came across my radar and plus I want to visit Hamburg. Berlin gets all the love as Germany's biggest city. But, I've been told that Hamburg (2nd biggest city} has a lot to offer. I hope this novel will introduce me to the city.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I usually don't read the “Summer Blockbuster Read“, but (it's a big one) I have been seeing Recursion all over book social media. Many people have praised this thriller. So I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and bought a copy. I'm going to start it today and see if meets the hype. Has anyone read this novel? What do you think of it?

Suelizbeth I loved it. It reads quickly. It lived up to the hype, for me. It's twisty and thrilling and ultimately hopeful. 4w
Kammbia1 @Suelizbeth Thanks for letting me know. 4w
TheSpineView I loved it too! 4w
Kammbia1 I finished Recursion today. Excellent Thriller and surprising love story. Here's my review: http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-20-recursion-by-blake-cro... 2w
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Here's the review for the second book of the Sarantine Mosaic. You do have to read the first book, Sailing to Sarantium to get the full story but this series was enjoyable to read. http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-9-lord-of-emperors-by-guy...

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Guy Gavriel Kay has become one of my favorite authors. I've read 5 Kay novels over the past 2 years and his brand of “historical fantasy“ is unique to the fantasy genre on the whole. Sailing to Sarantium is the first book in the Sarantine Mosaic Series. Highly recommended. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-147-sailing-to-sarantium-by-guy-gavriel-kay/

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A Betrayal in Winter | Daniel Abraham
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I'm currently reading this second book of the Long Price Quartet. I don't know how I missed this fantasy series when it first came out in 2005-2006..but I'm going to write it will one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. Abraham has created a fascinating Asian-influenced secondary world and the characters are what make this book and the first one really shine. These novels are slow-burn, low fantasy books and thought-provoking.

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A Shadow in Summer | Daniel Abraham
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I finished reading this one today. It is the first book in his Long Price series. This series was recommended it to me a couple of years ago and billed as being original to epic fantasy. However, I will need to finish the entire series to make my determination on that claim. Abraham has a created an Asian-influnced secondary world of The Khaiem and the characters really shine in this first book of the series.

JazzFeathers One of the best fantasy l've ever read. I too need to finish the series. 1mo
Kammbia1 @jazzfeathers This series has gotten a lot of high praise from authors like George R.R. Martin, Jacqueline Carey, and Junot Diaz. Their enthusiastic responses gave me the nudge to start reading the series. I enjoyed this first book. It took me awhile to get through but the characters were excellent. 1mo
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The Villa | Nora Roberts
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Summer Reading for me has always been about taking a chance on books outside of my normal reading zone. I truly believe that reading is the cheapest passport you can get to a new world. I was a bookseller for 10 years in the 1990s and readers would come in to get Nora Roberts books. I said to myself one day I'm going actually read one of her books. I'm currently reading The Villa because I love wine! I'm 60% done and Roberts can a tell story!

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The Freelancer's Survival Guide | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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I just spent the past couple of weeks reading this one slowly. Highly recommended for writers. Rusch shares her experiences as a freelancer for nearly four decades. The chapters on success, professional jealousy, and setting up a will is worth the entire book. A must read and have for writers. http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-16-the-freelancers-surviv...

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Hollywood Vs. the Author | Stephen Jay Schwartz
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I spent the weekend reading Hollywood vs the Author edited by Stephen Jay Schwartz. It is a sobering look at the challenging relationship between novelists and Hollywood. Most authors dream getting our books turned into movies or television series. This book shines a light on the dark side of Hollywood and the biggest takeaway for me is that our IP is extremely valuable. I would highly recommend that all writers get this book and read the essays.

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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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I have finished Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel and now it's time to read The Black God's Drums. I've had this one on my Kindle for awhile.

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The Knight | Gene Wolfe
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Gene Wolfe passed away last month at the age 87. Wolfe is known for his dense prose and use of the unreliable narrator throughout his work. I decided to read The Knight last week in honor of his passing. Even though, he wrote science-fiction and fantasy and never got a wider audience....he should be read by all serious readers. Here's my full review: http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-11-the-knight-by-gene-wol...

GrilledCheeseSamurai The Knight is super cool...but The Wizard (the 2nd book) is melt your brain cool! 3mo
Kammbia1 @GrilledCheeseSamurai I did not like The Wizard as much as I did The Knight.
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A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel, A Brightness Long Ago, was released yesterday & I got my copy from Amazon in the mail. I have read 4 Kay novels & have begun to believe he is not only one of our very best fantasy writers working today. Kay has shown that fantasy is not just about knights, wizards, dragons, magic & endless fights for power. It is about art, music, religion, secularism, & culture. He is one of our best writers working today.

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Journey and Discovery: Omnibus Edition combines the first two of my Kammbia novels in one compelling read.
It will be released on May 13th. However, this edition has been accepted on NetGalley where you can download an advance review copy and leave a review. If you have a NetGalley account, then click on the link to get your advance copy of Journey and Discovery: Omnibus Edition.

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/159058

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Here's my latest review. I'm going to miss reading about Frank Bascombe. http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-2-let-me-be-frank-with-yo...

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I told myself that I would stay away from the bookstore over the holidays. Well, I stop into Half Price Books earlier today and started reading the book description from the inside flap. Yep...I bought it! 😂😂 The description intrigued me and worth spending $2.50 for the book. Hopefully, I will like it. Question: does a book description make you want to buy a book from an unknown author?

batsy Yup, at used bookstores before the days of social media and Litsy! These days, quite often if a book by an unknown author intrigues me, I look it up under Litsy or Goodreads... Can't help myself. 8mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I just watched the movie today. I liked it. Bullock does a good job carrying the movie and the ending is interesting.

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Merry Christmas Litsy! I got this one as a gift. It will begin my 2019 reading year. I have not read her novels and I thought this collection would be a good introduction to Jemisin's work.

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The Tiger and the Acrobat | Susanna Tamaro
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I have made an effort to read translated fiction this year. The best translated novel I read in 2018 is The Tiger and the Acrobat. Here is my review: http://marion-hill.com/book-review-148-the-tiger-and-the-acrobat-by-susanna-tama...

JazzFeathers Hey, an author from my country. I have never read her actually. She's not really my cup of tea and she's the kind of author you really like or you really dislike. Which one was for you? 8mo
Kammbia1 @JazzFeathers I did not know Tamaro had other books. The Tiger and the Acrobat was recommended to me and I decided to read it. It's interesting that she has a polarizing effect on Italian readers. I enjoyed this one. (edited) 8mo
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I don't read a lot of short stories. But, I decided to end my reading year by reviewing one of my favorite authors short story collections. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-149-dreams-underfoot-by-charles-de-lint/

JazzFeathers De Lint was one of my favourite author as a kid. It's been ages since last l read him. Mhm... 😈 8mo
Kammbia1 @JazzFeathers I've been a De Lint reader for over 20 years. He has written some good books and stories set in his fictional city of Newford. Also, he has broaden the scope of what fantasy books can be. (edited) 8mo
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World atlas | Rand McNally and Company
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I got an email from a reader asking where my love of story comes from. Interestingly enough, I had been examining this question all year. I realized my love of story came from reading map books. You can read my blog post about it: http://marion-hill.com/story-is-king-2-what-books-gave-you-the-love-of-story/

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A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel | Haruki Murakami
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I contributed to a Kickstarter campaign for artist Seth Hahne. Seth is a huge fan of Haruki Murakami and made prints of his most popular novels. I got the print in the mail a couple days ago of my favorite Murakami novel, A Wild Sheep Chase. Love it!

vivastory That's amazing! 10mo
Kammbia1 @vivastory Thanks! 10mo
DePaepe That is too cool! I love it! 5mo
Kammbia1 @DePaepe Thanks! I have not been on Litsy in awhile.
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House of Lost Dreams | Graham Joyce
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I had heard of Graham Joyce's work over the years but not had a reason to read him until this past weekend. House of Lost Dreams is an odd but compelling novel about an English couple moving to a Greek Island and what they encounter upon arriving. My full review is here: http://marion-hill.com/book-review-144-house-of-lost-dreams-by-graham-joyce/

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My novel, Diondray's Discovery, has been selected for NetGalley through Kobo Writing Life for month of October. Check it out and get a free copy of Diondray's Discovery. If you do get a copy, I would appreciate if you give it a review. That will help with the discoverability of the book. Thank you!

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/publisher/82818

saresmoore Congratulations! 11mo
Kammbia1 @saresmoore Thank you! 11mo
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I was asked by a reader if I had to start my library over what novels would I choose. Read my answers on my latest blog post: http://marion-hill.com/story-is-king-1-what-novels-would-you-restart-your-librar....
I would love to know what novels you choose to restart your library?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a great question. 11mo
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Next month, I will begin blog posts about power of story and imaginative fiction. Feel free to subscribe. I would like to interact with those who love stories. http://marion-hill.com

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I'm halfway through this one. Really enjoying this novel and the choices these two French sisters have made to resist German occupation of France during WW2. I have not read a Kristin Hannah novel before but she is a good storyteller and can understand why she is popular with readers. I have been completely absorbed by this story. Full review to come.

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I just updated my "Books I Recommended" page. Feel free to check it out and let me know if you have read any of the novels I recommended. http://marion-hill.com/books-i-recommend/

sprainedbrain Just Exit West and Parable of the Sower for me, but several others are on my tbr. 😃 11mo
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The Girl on Paper | Guillaume Musso
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Here's my latest review. What if a writer's character came to life to help him win back his lost love and cure his writer's block? What if you believe that it's possible? The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso proposes that possibility. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-142-the-girl-on-paper-by-guillaume-musso/

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I'm currently reading Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman. However, I have decided to read a uber popular novel after I finish the Hoffman novel. I'm going to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I put it on hold at my local library. Hannah has a devoted readership and this novel is considered one of her best. It will be interesting to read something outside of my normal reading zone.

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The Girl on Paper | Guillaume Musso
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"What's a book at its most basic? Writing a story isn't enough to bring it to life. I've had several early drafts of manuscripts in drawers, that have never been published, but they're like dead stories to me because no one else has ever set eyes on them. A book only comes to life when it's read. It's the reader who pieces together the images that create the imaginary world in which the characters develop." As a writer, I agree!

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I got this one for my birthday last week. I've been looking forward to reading Dr. Prior's book about reading well. Reading whether it's fiction or non-fiction is such an subjective experience. How does one read well? Is it in the classics? Is it in Literary Fiction? Or Genre Fiction? Is it in narrative non-fiction? I know I will have a lot of thoughts about this book after I read and review it.

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The Girl on Paper | Guillaume Musso
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I'm continuing my reading of translated fiction. What happens when a character comes from the pages of a struggling but popular novelist‘s bestselling book and into real life to help overcome his breakup with an acclaimed violinist in order to get him writing again? I started The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso last night and its pretty good so far and definitely a page turner. #translatedfiction #translatedbooks

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Turtle Moon | Alice Hoffman
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I read my first Alice Hoffman novel, Ice Queen, a couple of years ago and I liked it. I had been meaning to try another Hoffman novel and Turtle Moon caught my interest. I bought this hardcover yesterday from a local used bookstore here in San Antonio. Has anyone else read this novel? Please share your thoughts about it.

TrishB Not this one, read a few others by Hoffman and loved them, this is my fav 12mo
Kammbia1 @TrishB I will have to checkout The Dovekeepers. Thanks! 12mo
Quirkybookworm Alice‘s books have been a hit or miss with me. The ones I really like are the Dovekeepers and the Practical magic. I‘ve never heard of this one bf. 12mo
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I celebrated a birthday yesterday and my favorite present (outside of getting a Barnes and Noble gift card to buy more books!! 😁👍🏿) was my wife making me a birthday cherry Pie. I have always prefer a Birthday Pie over Birthday Cake. Here's to another year on being the planet and getting the little things in life to make it worth living. 😊 #teampie #birthdaypie #teamcherrypie #birthdaypieoverbirthdaycake

JessClark78 Happy Birthday 🎊🥧🎉 12mo
Kammbia1 @JessClark78 Thank you! 12mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎉🎉 Cherry pie to celebrate sounds lovely. 12mo
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Smangela Happy Birthday! Birthday pie looks delicious! 12mo
Kammbia1 Thank you @batsy @Smangela It was delicious! 😂 12mo
Slajaunie Happy Birthday!🎈🎁🎉 12mo
Kammbia1 @Slajaunie Thanks! 12mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Happy Birthday!!!🥧💫⭐️ 12mo
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Here is the third book cover of a novel that I think should become a movie.

Exit West by Moshin Hamid.

The story of two young lovers forced to emigrate from their unnamed Middle Eastern country through a door was an excellent read and a timely one. I'm not sure whom to cast for the roles of Saeed and Nadia but I hope would it be actors of Middle Eastern descent.

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The 6:41 to Paris | Jean-Philippe Blondel
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I just posted my latest review about two former lovers who meet by chance on a train to Paris. My goal is to more translated fiction from now on and I'm glad The 6:41 to Paris was recommended to me. One of my favorite reads of 2018. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-141-the-641-to-paris-by-jean-phillippe-blonde...

Bklover This sounds fascinating! 12mo
Kammbia1 @Bklover It was an interesting novel. The author did a good job of conveying honesty from each character's perspective about their romance and what happened to their lives after they broke up. 12mo
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Cold Fire | Dean Koontz
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Here is the second cover of a novel that I believe should be a movie. For some reason there has not been a good movie (or tv show) from a Koontz novel.
The story of Jim Ironheart and his supernatural ability to save people's lives just before they die is one of Koontz's best tales. Where did he get that ability? And is it linked to his childhood or something called The Enemy? I could see Bradley Cooper playing Jim Ironheart on the big screen.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E Butler
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I will post 5 covers over the next few days of novels that I believe should become movies.
Book Cover 1: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

This post-apocalyptic novel about a young woman forced to leave a ruined Los Angeles to create a new community should be on the big screen. I believe either Sanaa Lathan or Gabrielle Union could play the role of Lauren, the main character in the novel.

sprainedbrain Yes! This one should definitely be a movie. 12mo
Kammbia1 Indeed! 12mo
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The 6:41 to Paris | Jean-Philippe Blondel
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Starting reading this one last night. The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Phillipe Blondel. Can love be rekindled after a bad breakup nearly three decades ago? Fifty pages into the book and I'm interested in both characters on the train to Paris that happened to sit next to each other for the first time in 27 years. Full review to come.
#translatedfiction #frenchnovel #currentlyreading

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The Little Country | Charles de Lint
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Here's the latest review I just posted on my blog. The Little Country by Charles de Lint. If you are looking for a good standalone fantasy novel to read, then I would recommend this one to be added to your TBR List. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-140-the-little-country-by-charles-de-lint/

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I just posted my latest review. The Artist's Journey by Steven Pressfield. If you like The War of Art and Turning Pro, you will like his latest artistic inspiration book. Here's my full review: http://marion-hill.com/book-review-139-the-artists-journey-by-steven-pressfield/

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Kissing the Beehive | Jonathan Carroll
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Jonathan Carroll is the one of the most interesting novelists I've read in some time. His blend of fantasy, surrealism, and romance is unlike anything I've read in Contemporary Fiction. I will admit he's an acquired taste like a good craft beer or from a local winery. Glad to get this entire Crane's View Trilogy. I have already read The Wooden Sea and consider it one of my best reads in the past few years. Can't wait to read the other two books.

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The 6:41 to Paris | Jean-Philippe Blondel
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I'm definitely trying to read more translated fiction and I came across this novel as one of the best contemporary French novels published in the last decade and a European bestseller.
Two former lovers find themselves sitting next to each other on a train back to Paris. How would they react to seeing each other after nearly 30 years? Passion rekindled? Pain resurfaced? I guess I will have to read it and find out what happens.

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I had a local artist here in San Antonio do a portrait of my main character for the Kammbia novels, Diondray Azur. As a storyteller, it's nice to get a visual representation of a character you have described on the page. Let me know what you think of the portrait. Also, if you are interested in learning more about Kammbia click on the link: http://marion-hill.com/home/

saresmoore Neat! 12mo
Kammbia1 @saresmoore Thank you! 12mo
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Happy National Book Lovers Day! I've decided to post a picture of my favorite reads over the past couple of years. #happynationalbookloversday

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The Little Country | Charles de Lint
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The Little Country by Charles de Lint was the novel I recommended the most when I was a bookseller back in the mid to late 1990s. I was living in New Mexico at that time and recommended this novel mostly to readers who didn‘t read fantasy. I will admit that everyone I gave The Little Country did not like the book but would comment that it was a good story for a fantasy novel. I started reading it again yesterday and I can see why I recommended it.

Guildedearlobe I‘ve never read this one but been wanting to read one of his for a while so I‘ll check it out. 13mo
Kammbia1 Good deal! @Guildedearlobe. It is a good read. A book-in-book type of novel. 13mo
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I had to upgrade my mass market paperback copy of Elantris for this Tenth Anniversary Definitive Edition today. Elantris is the only Sanderson novel I have finished and I enjoyed it a lot. The religion, politics, and main characters of this secondary world fantasy were much more interesting than the magic to me. I know Sanderson fans like his later novels better. However, I think it's a solid first novel and will remain on my shelf as a keeper.

Nutmegnc I agree. I find it hard to get in to later Sanderson. But I loved this one. 12mo
Kammbia1 @Nutmegnc I tried to read Warbreaker and could not get into it. Elantris was my second attempt reading Sanderson and I'm glad I did. (edited) 12mo
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I got Steven Pressfield‘s latest book in the mail yesterday. I‘ve read Turning Pro and The War of Art already. Looking forward to reading Pressfield‘s musings on how to be artist and that journey! A must read for all artists. #stevenpressfield #theartistsjourney

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