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The_Penniless_Author

Joined October 2020

Author of 'Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet' and 'The Absent Traveler'. https://www.facebook.com/randall.devallance.author
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged
2. Knife of Dreams
3. I don't actually have any at the moment. You can't go too wrong with Agatha Christie though, so I would definitely read The Mystery of the Blue Train.

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. A Prayer for Owen Meany
2. Lolita comes to mind right away, though I've never actually met anyone who doesn't think it's excellent
3. Historical fiction, I guess (The Pillars of the Earth)

Eggs Thanks for playing ❣️ 6d
Vansa That would be me.I absolutely hated Lolita. I found it a beautifully written paedophile apologia, with no thought at all given to Dolores as a person. She remains an object of fantasy, right till the end. 6d
Vansa That would be me.I absolutely hated Lolita. I found it a beautifully written paedophile apologia, with no thought at all given to Dolores as a person. She remains an object of fantasy, right till the end. 6d
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Never. I already spend more time looking at my phone than I'd like to. Reading books on it would kill my eyes.
2. I had the original Kindle, which I used to take on the subway when I lived in New York. Alas, it died, so I guess "books" are my favorite device now ?

TheSpineView I still love physical books also! Thanks for playing! 7d
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Philip had not yet got used to sleeping alone.

(First line of Chapter 4, Part II - it's taking me a LONG time to finish this book 😄)

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2034: A Novel of the Next World War | Elliot Ackerman, James Stavridis
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Both. I like a short, propulsive novel, but also longer world-building novels.
2. The tagged book is a good example of the former, an illustration of the events that could lead us into a Third World War.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2w
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#sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Two days late with this one, but that's how life has been lately 🤯

It depends on the person, but I recommend these ones a lot:

📕 Slaughterhouse Five
📘 Jitterbug Perfume
📗 Stoner
📓 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Thanks for the tag @TheRiehlDeal !

RaeLovesToRead I have Stoner & Slaughterhouse Five on my TBR 😊 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I almost put John Irving on there too, then just saw him on your list 🙂 2w
RaeLovesToRead I'll have to look up Jitterbug Perfume! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally understand! Thank you for playing! 😊 2w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Hooray! My recommendations are being taken 😆 2w
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In a broad valley, at the foot of a sloping hillside, beside a clear bubbling stream, Tom was building a house.

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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView !

1. I never set reading goals, but even if I did they'd be out the window already. Work has been nuts since the New Year. I haven't read a single page in 2021.
2. Derivative
3. Tagged (hopefully I can finish it by summer 😂)

Tag @Ast_Arslan @IuliaC @RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @RamsFan1963 @bthegood

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag! 😊😁 (I've wanted to read The Pillars of the Earth for a while.) 3w
TheSpineView You're welcome! Loved 3w
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 3w
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Me too. I noticed a copy at my friend's house and mentioned it, and since he and his wife had both read it they gave it to me unsolicited. I figure now's the time to do it, right after finishing the Wheel of Time, when a thousand-page book doesn't seem all that intimidating 😄 3w
RaeLovesToRead I think I bought a copy about 5 years ago 😅 This seems to be the case with a lot of my books... (I also have the first Wheel of Time book but I think it's too much of a commitment right now) 3w
Ast_Arslan Thanks for the tag! 😊 3w
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Masters of Atlantis | Charles Portis
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Seeing my second book be published and having my third (and probably last) be accepted for publication. Greatest challenge was making simple small talk with people again after so much time in isolation.
2. I read more great books this year than ever before. Picking a best book would be impossible, but my favorite might be the tagged one. Absolutely hilarious.
3. My parents' health improves.

Eggs Congratulations on your book publications!! And thanks for joining in🥳⭐️🎉 4w
Suet624 Congrats on your book publication! I empathize with you about the small talk after so much isolation. 4w
The_Penniless_Author @eggs Thanks! 😊 4w
The_Penniless_Author @Suet624 Thanks, Sue! Yeah, I think I forgot just how much preparation and mental energy goes into "being on" when you're in a social situation. 4w
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The Man Without Qualities | Robert Musil, Sophie Wilkins, Burton Pike
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

1. The Man Without Qualities was like nothing I've ever read before.
2. Brian Moore. Both The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and The Luck of Ginger Coffey were excellent.
3. Received a NYRB book of the month subscription for Christmas! 🙂🌲

Graywacke Funny, I have The Man Without Qualities on my 2022 plans 1mo
ozma.of.oz Yay for book subscriptions! Thanks for posting! 1mo
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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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Mehso-so

Kind of a snore, and further confirmation of my belief that most prequels subtract from a story more than they add. Sometimes a little mystery about a character's origins is a good thing. Recommended for Wheel of Time superfans only, and then only after you've read the entire original series.

Graywacke Completely agree 🙂 1mo
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Sleepwalking in Daylight | Elizabeth Flock
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Definitely, especially if I don't know much else about the book
2. That's a tough one. I like many different types of covers, and sometimes don't even know I like a certain style until I see it. Something clean and timeless, like the NYRB books, is always good, though.
3. Tagged

Eggs # 2 that‘s so true - you know it when you see it 1mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. A stress-free day, which - since it's just going to be my wife, daughter, and me - seems likely.
2. Yes. We got 6 inches of snow last Saturday, and the forecast is showing another inch or so on Christmas day, which would be perfect. After New Years it can all melt as far as I'm concerned 😄

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @jdiehr @Ast_Arslan @Reggie @Vansa

StaceGhost Wow! I‘m jealous of your answers lol especially snow! It‘s going to be nearly 60 F here 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
TheSpineView So agree with you on #2! Thanks for playing! ❄❄❄ 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @StaceGhost This will be our first white Christmas in a few years. We've had some warm winters in VT lately and not a lot of snow, so I feel lucky that things seem to be timing out perfectly this year. There's something about a warm and/or sunny Christmas day that just depresses the life out of me. 😩 1mo
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StaceGhost @The_Penniless_Author yes! Same! We are on the coast in Delaware and have never had even a cold Christmas to my memory— it‘s depressing 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag! Hope you have a wonderful stress-free Xmas with your family! 😄🎄 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Thanks, Rae! You too 🎅🎄 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @StaceGhost I almost always had a white Christmas growing up in western PA. Vermont without a white Christmas feels extra depressing. The movie 'White Christmas' is even set here, for crying out loud 😂 1mo
StaceGhost @The_Penniless_Author hahaha! Yes! As I recall it was a major plot point that it started snowing so I guess even in Vermont you can‘t count on it lol 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @StaceGhost Bing Crosby must be rolling in his grave! 1mo
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The Complete Wheel of Time | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead ! Here are my top 21 of 21.

Given how Wheel of Time heavy the second half of my year was, I almost forgot how many great books I read during the first half. I had quite a run of 5⭐ reads, from Man Without Qualities to The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne to Masters of Atlantis to We to Stoner. Hard to pick a best overall. Here's hoping next year is just as good!

Tag @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC

BarbaraBB I loved most of your #NYRB choices too. 1mo
Vansa Wow! You've really had a year of doorstoppers!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Awesome!! 😊 I'm hoping to read Stoner soon; I've heard nothing but good things. I have the first Wheel of Time book on my shelf, but got a couple more series to read before I get round to it! 😄 1mo
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Liz_M 💕 all the nyrb books! And it's good to know that Must is worth it! 😁 1mo
Liz_M Musil 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @BarbaraBB @Liz_M Yes, every NYRB book I read this year was a 4 or 5⭐ pick. I think from now on, whenever I'm stumped for what to read next, I'm just going to go down the NYRB list and pick something at random. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Stoner was fantastic. Describing the plot makes it sound like the most mundane story imaginable, but the execution is so good it transforms into something incredible. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @Vansa Tell me about it! And next up in the queue is The Pillars of the Earth 🤣 1mo
Vansa 😀😀nice! As long as they justify the number of pages! 1mo
IuliaC Great choices! Thanks for the tag! I'm so late on this one 😁 4w
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#thisorthat

Paperback
Fiction
Meet my favorite character
Not allowed to re-read
Standalone (this was the toughest one 🤔)
Fantasy
Enemies to lovers
Bookstore

Tagging anyone and everyone!

paulfrankspencer Same, except favorite author and friends to lovers. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I think I'd have to go with series because most of my fave mystery novels are part of a series (even if they do sort of standalone) 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I had trouble with that one, because there are so many fantasy and sci-fi series I love (and crime/detective series). But if I could only choose one to read for the rest of my life, I'd have to go standalone, just for the variety. 1mo
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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

A cold wind gusted through the night, across the snow-covered land where men had been killing one another for the past three days.

Graywacke Episode 7 tonight! I‘m feeling ready. 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I'm still not sure if "literary fiction" is truly a genre rather than a general descriptor of work that transcends its genre, but if I picked that I guess I'd say Nabokov. As a backup pick, I'll say Humor and Wodehouse.
2. I try to be as picky as I can before deciding what to read and to finish everything I start, but for some reason I can't finish The Count of Monte Cristo. Some other book always pulls me away.
3. ?

Eggs I‘m on the fence too about literary fiction….as opposed to non-literary fiction??🧐 1mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. All the old crooner stuff - Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc.
2. Mulled wine is a Christmas tradition for us, and the smell seems to fill the whole house. Also, anything cinnamon-y.

Tag @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC @Ast_Arslan @julesG @AmyG @xica

TheSpineView Mulled wine is wonderful! Thanks for playing! 1mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 😘 1mo
Ast_Arslan Thanks for rhe tag, but I already did it 😅😘 1mo
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julesG Thanks for the tag! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @Ast_Arslan I'm always late to the game! 🤣 1mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I'am always so late to these 😄 Totally agree on point 2 + the natural fir tree scent 👍 and on point 1 + some local carols 😃 1mo
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2034: A Novel of the Next World War | Elliot Ackerman, James Stavridis
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A nicely done thriller about the ease with which a Third World War could start, well-paced and engaging throughout. The characters felt somewhat two-dimensional, at least at the beginning, but in this case I think it worked to the story's advantage. The reader is given just enough of their personalities and histories to understand what motivates them... ⬇

The_Penniless_Author ...and see how those motivations intersect with broader forces to create a chain of events that lead humanity inexorably toward disaster. The characters are almost archetypes, which I think helps underscore just how likely it is that a scenario like the one described in the book could happen for real. 1mo
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2034: A Novel of the Next World War | Elliot Ackerman, James Stavridis
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

It surprised her still, even after twenty-four years, the way from horizon to horizon the vast expanse of ocean could in an instant turn completely calm, taut as a linen pulled across a table.

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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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It's tough to review something like WoT without spoilers. All I can say is that 99.9% of this book was - to borrow Thom Merrilin's word - "exquisite". 14 books might be too long for a series (I've made the case myself that WoT could probably stand to have a couple books' worth of padding shaved off), but there's no doubt all that time spent among this world and these characters paid off in the end. There were as many deaths as there were...?

The_Penniless_Author ...miraculous escapes, and every one of them meant something. This book came so close to being a perfect conclusion, only...just as it was about to stick the landing...that epilogue...I just don't know. Let's just say there's one big decision I would have made very differently, and it's hard not to wish Sanderson/Jordan had done the same. Still, it hardly ruins what came before. In the end, I loved this series, flaws and all. 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I'd be interested to know what you thought about the ending, especially the fate of a certain you know who 😄 I would be more specific and use spoiler warnings, only I'm an idiot and can't figure out how to do that in the comments using the phone app. 🤣 2mo
paulfrankspencer My brother-in-law has started the series, and I've been very curious to hear your thoughts ahead of his. This series is certainly not on my shortlist of to-reads, but I do hold the series in high regard based on its general reputation and your reviews. 2mo
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The_Penniless_Author @paulfrankspencer Obviously, this format doesn't lend itself to in-depth critiques. I could probably cobble together a dissertation from all the thoughts swimming around in my head right now. Suffice it to say that all the negative criticism I've read about WoT is rooted in truth, while completely missing the larger point about what makes the series great. It's an elemental story, basically a dramatization of another Age's Book of Revelation. 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m so glad you finished it!! 🥰 On my phone there‘s a little skull and crossbones that I can click to mark spoiler messages. The ending was bittersweet. It certainly wasn‘t what I was expecting. I had actually prepared myself for Rand to die. I think overall I‘m happy with it, but I‘d be happier if he wasn‘t wandering the world alone… 😅 I remember I hugged the book and had a HUGE book hangover for months afterwards. 🤓 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I didn't even notice the skull next to the send button 🤣 I have to say, if Rand had to live I'm kind of glad it was anonymously. But still, as the end was approaching and I assumed he would die, I kept imagining a final paragraph, set far into the Fourth Age, after the events of the books had already begun slipping into legend, mentioning some huge monument of a man and woman side by side, which of course would be...👇 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm ...Rand and Egwene, bringing their story full circle back to when they were kids in Emond's Field and were destined to marry. In fact, I became so convinced this was a perfect final scene that I was almost shocked when it didn't happen 😂 Anyway, my book hangover is in full swing. I may take a break from reading for a week or two. 2mo
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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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When you're writing an 11,000-page epic, it's only right that The Last Battle gets a 217-page chapter all to itself! I'm torn between wanting to plow ahead and read the whole thing tonight and taking my time to savor these last few hundred pages. I've been totally immersed in this series for the last several months. I think my next book will need to be something about coping with loss 😂

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Putting up the tree, decorating, listening to Christmas music, and drinking cocoa the weekend after Thanksgiving.
2. The second half of the last book of the Wheel of Time. After so many months I can't believe I only have 400 pages to go!

Tagging anyone who is interested!

TheSpineView Love decorating the tree... taking it down not so much. Thanks for playing! 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @TheSpineView Taking it down is the worst. It's like the unofficial kickoff of my least favorite time of year, the January through March dead zone 2mo
TheSpineView @The_Penniless_Author Yeap! One of these year I am going to spend those months in Australia. That is after I win the lottery! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
SolaRaynor 1. Staying Home
2. Anything by Agatha Christie!
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. None. I'll be driving half the time and visiting family the rest of it, so reading will have to wait.
2. All of it! Stuffing is probably my favorite if made right, but my wife also makes these Brussels sprouts with bacon and a maple glaze that are just about the greatest things ever 😋

Tagging everyone who's interested!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Thanksgiving 2mo
Aims42 Your wife‘s Brussels sprouts sound beyond amazing! Yum!! 🤤 Happy Thanksgiving!! 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @Aims42 I'll make sure to eat an extra helping for you 😄 Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! 2mo
Aims42 @The_Penniless_Author Haha, perfect! Thank you!! 2mo
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Towers of Midnight | Robert Jordan
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And then there was one! I was curious whether Sanderson could possibly tie up all the loose ends Jordan had left for him, but going into the finale I have to say that he's done an admirable job so far. No minor characters with unfinished business get neglected, yet the story rightly stays focused on the core group that's been with us from the beginning. It's a neat balancing act, and Sanderson manages to pull it off without a hitch.

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Towers of Midnight | Robert Jordan
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged
2. Has to be a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup
3. Can't think of one off the top of my head, so I'm going to cheat and go with a TV show I recently watched for the first time, Over the Garden Wall.

NikkiM5 I just watched “Over the Garden Wall” for the first time too. So adorable 🥰 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @NikkiM5 I loved it! I have a feeling it's going to be something my daughter and I watch every fall. 2mo
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A Memory of Light | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I don't really do reading goals. I have time set aside each day to read, and that's enough. The last thing I need in life is another deadline to stress over.
2. A Memory of Light. At this point, seeing how The Wheel of Time ends is all I care about.

Tag @IuliaC @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ast_Arslan @julesG @AmyG and anyone else who wants to join

julesG Thanks for the tag. 2mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I totally agree on point 1! 👍😁 2mo
TheSpineView I with you on the less stress! Thanks for playing! 👍📖 2mo
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AmyG Thanks for the tag! I want to start The Wheel of Time…I see it‘s made into a series. (edited) 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag!! WoT premieres in THREE DAYS!!!!! I‘m so excited!!! ❤️🤘😆🤘❤️ 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think I'm more scared than excited, based on some of the early reviews I've read, but looking forward to it either way! 😄 2mo
The_Penniless_Author @AmyG I would recommend it in a heartbeat, but it IS a commitment - 14 books, something like 11,000 pages. It can feel bloated and drag at times, but I also think the excessive detail is one the series' great strengths. Halfway through book 13, I feel like I know every inch of this world and every character in it. I think it will be impossible to capture that within the confines of a TV show, but of course I'll be watching 😂 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol, I‘m a bit of both myself. But I think I‘m still leaning towards the more optimistic side. I‘ve stayed clear of any early reviews, so I‘ll be going into it fresh. 😅 2mo
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Normally when a new author steps in to finish a beloved, deceased author's work, the results are pretty uninspiring (see: every Dune book Brian Herbert ever wrote). Luckily, this is an exception to the rule, the best installment since Lord of Chaos, and maybe of the entire series so far. Jordan left enough source material behind that the story is still unmistakably his, and with a three-book limit and the ending already written, Sanderson 👇

The_Penniless_Author ...is able to pick up the pace and focus on bringing Jordan's outline to life. I have no doubt the final two books will be just as good. 2mo
xicanti They are. 2mo
Bigwig They‘re even better. 2mo
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Renald Fanwar sat on his porch, warming the sturdy blackoak chair crafted for him by his grandson two years before.

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Either Shakespeare and Company in Paris or Powell's in Portland.
2. Yes, also known as my Litsy TBR.

Tagging whoever is interested!

TrishB Shakespeare and Company is a great indeed! I went to Paris for my 50th and spent half a day in there! 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💙📘 3mo
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The end is nigh! Book 11 was originally supposed to be the penultimate book in the series, and it shows. All the building tension of the previous few books gets a release valve here, as pretenders to various thrones are dispatched with, wandering armies are crushed or absorbed by rivals, and old enemies form uneasy alliances as Tarmon Gai'don looms on the horizon. This is the last book Robert Jordan finished before he died, and 👇

The_Penniless_Author ...I'm interested to see how Brandon Sanderson transforms the detailed outline Jordan left behind into the final three books, and whether there's a noticeable difference in language or tone. 3mo
AutumnRLS I was really pleased by how Sanderson wrapped things up. His pacing is much faster than Jordan's because it has to be. But it's not too fast, as TOR gave him three books instead of one to finish it. He really seemed to understand all the characters and their motivations. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Can't wait for the Amazon show! 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @AutumnRLS Just read the prologue to book 12 and like what I'm seeing so far. You're right, it still mostly sounds like Jordan but moves a lot quicker, which I guess shouldn't be surprising since (as far as I understand it) Jordan had written much of the last book along with the outline before he died. I've only heard good things about the ending, so I'm excited for this final stretch! 3mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. The Hardy Boys! Every birthday my grandma would give me a Hardy Boys book and a savings bond, which is just about the most grandma present I can imagine (except for maybe a card with a five-dollar bill inside; that was left to my Great Aunt 🤣).
2. Rainy 🌧
3. We found a contractor to fix our garage! 🏠

Eggs #3 - yay!! 3mo
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Yawn! This was very much a "bridge" book. The Big Event that closed out Book 9 is revisited here half a dozen times, from the viewpoint of multiple factions spread across the world, as we see what they were doing and what their reaction was when it occurred. It's an effective narrative device given how huge and momentous the Event was, but still, it takes up the first 300 pages of the book, and the rest is just build up to the inevitable climax ?

The_Penniless_Author ...just over the horizon. More has happened in the first half of the prologue of Book 11 than all of Book 10. Still, I'm through "The Slog"! From here on out things are only going to get better. Can't wait to see how this massive series ends; I feel like I know the characters personally at this point. 3mo
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Rodel Ituralde hated waiting, though he well knew it was the largest part of being a soldier.

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#wondrouswednesday @TheSpineView

1. Crossroads of Twilight
2. Taking my daughter and her friends trick or treating
3. Getting a good night's sleep for once.

Tag: @Ast_Arslan @IuliaC @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 3mo
TheSpineView A good night's sleep sounds wonderful! 😴 3mo
Ast_Arslan I did it already, but thank you anyway! 🖤🦇 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @Ast_Arslan Late to the party, as always 🤣 Sorry! 3mo
Ast_Arslan @The_Penniless_Author don't be sorry 😂 I love to be tag in these games 😉🖤 3mo
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Wow, it's been a year already? Where has time gone?? 🕑

Crazeedi Happy Litsyversary!!🎉🎶 3mo
Ast_Arslan Happy anniversary!! 🍾🍾 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎁🎊🎉🎁🎊 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Woo! 😊🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @Ast_Arslan !

1. No, though Edward Gorey is always a good choice
2. If they show up they'll be sorely disappointed, since I'll be across town escorting my daughter and her friends 🎃

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...falling asleep, he would follow the ghostly mothers who left St. Cloud's in the cover of darkness, and boarded the horse-drawn coach car, or, later, the bus which replaced the coach, and gave Homer Wells his first sensation of the passage of time, of progress. Soon after the bus replaced the coach, all bus service in St. Cloud's was discontinued. Thereafter the mothers walked; this gave Homer further understanding of progress.

Singout Loved this one! 3mo
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The Cider House Rules | John Irving
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Her method was rigorous and messy. She presented great clumps of uncapitalized, misspelled, and unpunctuated words, and demanded that the clumps be put into proper sentences, meticulously punctuated and correctly spelled. She then corrected the corrections; the final document- she employed a system of different colored inks -resembled a much-revised treaty between two semiliterate countries at war.

Leftcoastzen 💕 3mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. No
2. Yes, if one-track (all Wheel of Time, all the time so far)
3. I'm solo parenting this month, and grateful for having a daughter who's so easy to look after!

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🎃📚👏🏻 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Both, I guess. I suppose it depends whether you're taking an expansive view of what constitutes Witches and wizards or sticking with the traditional "pointy hat and robe" variety.
2. Expansive would be WoT (Aes Sedai = witches, Asha'man = wizards). Traditional would be Discworld (hooray for Rincewind!)

Tag @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ast_Arslan @j9brown @IuliaC @julesG

TheSpineView 🖤🧙‍♀️🧡🎃🖤 Thanks for playing! 3mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️🖤 3mo
Jari-chan Yey for Rincewind! 3mo
Ast_Arslan Thanks for the tag 😉🦇🦇 3mo
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Ok, this one was a bit much. Well past the halfway mark of the series now, and we're still adding new factions and new characters, and spending too much time lost in the minutiae of regional political intrigues (I get that the struggle for Andor's Lion Throne is important, but do I need an exhaustive primer on every major house and possible claimant?). It's such a snooze that the last 30 pages seem to come out of nowhere, and you wonder why 👇

The_Penniless_Author ...the rest of the book couldn't have been like that epic Royal Rumble outside Shadar Logoth 🙂 3mo
The_Penniless_Author There's a lot of "inflation" going on in the last few books. Before, only Aes Sedai and a few scattered "wilders" could channel; then, suddenly, every new society that gets introduced has hundreds of women who can channel like trained sisters. Nynaeve was the most powerful sister in over a thousand years; now, there are already a few women who are stronger. I hope there's an organic explanation for this and it's not just a convenient plot device. 3mo
Bigwig Stay strong. Once you get to “Knife of Dreams” it‘s awesome all the way through the end. 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @Bigwig Oh, I'm in it for the long haul. At this point I'm so invested in the story I'd drag myself through another dozen books to see how it turns out. 3mo
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The lanterns cast a flickering light, more than enough to illuminate the small room with its stark white walls and ceiling, but Seaine kept her eyes fixed on the heavy wooden door.

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. No
2. I hate social media. After a long hiatus, I got back on Facebook to have an easy way to keep in touch with family, and every time I scroll through it I come away feeling worse than when I started. Litsy is probably the only site I actually enjoy engaging with.
3. A teleconference I had to lead for work and have been dreading is finally over with! 😌

ozma.of.oz For 2, same hat! 💙 I said almost the same thing. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Agree with 2! Been deactivated on FB for ages now, no regrets 😊 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👍🏼🥰🎃 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I should have stayed deactivated 😖 I barely even engage with it anymore, just a quick scroll-through to make sure nothing momentous has occurred with any extended family members. And I still come away feeling vaguely depressed every time 😂 3mo
RaeLovesToRead The only thing stopping me from deleting it entirely is all the photos on there... it would take forever to download them all and I can't quite bear to lose all those memories! 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I prefer crime novels, in the Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammett vein
2. Class. When I think of crime novels I think of the underworld, street-level crime. When I think of cozies, I think of drawing rooms and the aristocracy.

TheSpineView I hadn't thought of class but you are right. Thanks for playing! 🧡📖🖤🎃🧡 3mo
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I can see why people who read this at the time it was published found it disappointing. This was very much a "set-up" book; all the different factions that were put into motion at the end of Book 7 spent Book 8 getting where they needed to go. If I had been waiting a year or two for this to come out- and knew I had a year or two until the next installment -I might have been underwhelmed. But since I have the advantage of reading the ?

The_Penniless_Author ...series after it's completed, and given that this the shortest book so far (if you can call 674 pages "short"), I appreciated the slow build. The story's not without action either, including war with the Seanchan and apparent treachery inside the Sun Palace. 3mo
The_Penniless_Author One thing I appreciate about WoT's methodical approach is the way it allows character development that might feel forced in other, shorter series to feel completely organic, such as Rand's possible descent into madness. The way his personality and reactions to the events surrounding him have shifted over time feel natural given who he is and what he's faced, yet bear the hallmarks of the impending insanity the series has hinted at all along. 3mo
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Ethenielle had seen mountains lower than these misnamed Black Hills, great lopsided heaps of half-buried boulders, webbed with steep twisting passes.

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. None, other than my own, personal quest to conquer the Wheel of Time.
2. Carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, corn, peppers (except green)...really I like most vegetables, so long as they're fresh and grown organically
3. We finally found a contractor to fix our siding 👷‍♂️

Eggs # 1: metaphorically, I presume? Thanks for playing 🧡🎃👏🏻 4mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Tagged
2. I like that it's part of the WoT, and I'm invested enough in the series at this point that anything that advances the narrative is all right by me. What I don't like is that it's advancing very slowly, one of those books that seems to exist just to move pieces into position for the big homestretch a few books further out. Oh well, no pain, no gain!

TheSpineView I finally quit the series at book five or six. It was just too slow and I lost interest. You are much better at commitment than me, I think. 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @TheSpineView It was probably book five. That one was a real slog in places, and I had trouble getting through it. But then the sixth book was the best by far, perfectly paced and a ton of plot advancement. It re-energized me for sure, and it convinced me to push through the boring bits for the big payoffs down the road. 4mo
TheSpineView @The_Penniless_Author Good to know. Maybe at some point I will pick it back up 4mo
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Some mark book 7 as the beginning of the dreaded "slog", but I enjoyed this one. Maybe it was the momentum of the last book carrying over. Things did slow down some by the end, but never quite dragged. One thing I appreciate about this series - it doesn't short change just how much work and planning would go into conquering the world and uniting the populace behind a single leader. Rand might be the chosen one, the "Dragon Reborn", but that ?

The_Penniless_Author ...doesn't mean everyone will just roll over for him, or that he can't die from an arrow through the back just like anyone else. It takes a lot of writing and a lot of scenes where characters plot and scheme to get that across, so I forgive WoT its slower moments. That said, almost everyone hates books 8 and 9, so let's see if I'm singing a different tune in a few weeks 😄 4mo
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