dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
Gaius Valens dreams of driving the Saxons from Britannia. The Empire and her legions have abandoned the island, leaving the inhabitants surrounded by enemies. Now, on an island already being overrun by Saxon invaders, a darker threat emerges.

That's part of the blurb for a new series I started reading last week (I needed a break from frantically writing porn for an anthology). This is alternate history, and what sold me was this line:

Because they have one crucial thing that the alchemists and Saxon invaders don't—the long lost Imperial airship, the Octavian.

Now, I am not a HUGE alternate history person, and my first choice isn't the late 5th century. But I am big on airships, so I had to pick up the first book. The writing style is perfect for a quick, easy read. I don't know enough about this particular point in history to nitpick details, but I can say the author sells me on the world he's built. I love the characters, who have a chemistry that a lot of writers don't pull off and get some entertaining banter between them. There are some unfortunate issues with typos, but I forgave them because I was having so much fun with the story, which involves a lot of good old fashioned man-versus-monster action.

There are four books so far, with a fifth on the way (though I don't know when). Soon, I hope; I'm looking forward to continuing my adventure with Captain Valens and his crew. The series is in Kindle Unlimited and therefore only available on Amazon, and the books so far are:

Book One: A Taste of Alchemy
Book Two: The Monster
Book Three: Clipped Wings
Book Four: The Saxon Coin
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...that my beloved [personal profile] darthneko is unfamiliar with the novels of Martha Wells, and only learned of her because of the upcoming Murderbot Diaries.

In case any of the rest of you are in similar straits, this is Martha Wells' Amazon page. I will personally vouch for Wheel of the Infinite, The Cloud Roads (and subsequent Raksura books), and City of Bones (which is probably my favorite).

If only...

Jul. 26th, 2014 12:21 am
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...the mere act of installing Scrivener and Liquid Story Binder would inspire me to actually WRITE.

(I have the itchy creative brain/no inspiration combo that often precedes me flinging myself bodily into a new fandom. Unfortunately, there's not one damn thing I'm feeling fannish about right this minute, so instead I will go farm leather and crab meat along the Pandaren coastline.)

Edit: And then I was ridiculously pleased to finally track down, after YEARS of not being able to remember anything about the title and author, and remembering only the most sketchy details of plot, Godsfire (This was the cover it had when I read it. I remembered said cover completely wrong, except for the part where there were cats. Now I wonder where the hell my mental image of a vaguely Egyptian-esque cat lady reclining on a throne came from.)
dragovianknight: closeup of a green dragon (ATLA - Kyoshi Warriors - The Fangirls)
And this book right here is the reason why.

(Yes, I totally blew off NaNo last night to stay up until the wee hours reading a book about zombies. Also, OMG LAST CHAPTER LAST CHAPTER LAST CHAPTER OMFG! BOOK THREE CANNOT GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!)
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You can see it here.

And that layout, plus knowing this is the last book in the series, has me...worried. Also, I think Talia's pose is too passive (though I like her outfit), and Danielle looks like she's one chainmail bikini away from starring on the cover of a "Thud and Blunder" style fantasy novel.
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So I ordered myself Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" ,The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" , and Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan", all from the Once Upon a Time series of YA novels. I just hope they don't suck. (I mean, if Golden sucks I will just re-read Zel, which is an awesome version of Rapunzel, and I don't have any huge investment in Rumpelstiltskin, so mostly I am hoping that Wild Orchid will not suck.)
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This is a rare thing, because aside from [livejournal.com profile] marthawells, who always brings the awesome (and you should totally buy her latest Stargate: Atlantis tie-in novel, so they'll ask her to write more of them), most professionally published books just don't give me what I want to read.

However, [livejournal.com profile] coffeeem is currently posting a Q&A about her new book, Territory, which is due out next month in hardcover, and which I'm pre-ordering in hardcover (I never buy hardcovers because they take up room), and which I really, really want OMGRIGHTTHISSECONDYESNOWPLEASE!

And then Amazon evilly helpfully pointed out that Dragonhaven, a new Robin McKinley YA novel, is coming out in September. I've always liked her young adult stuff. Fucking Amazon.

A bit of clicking also led me to these Once Upon a Time fairytale retelling books, but I remain strong. Even against The Rose Bride, which I ought to buy for the title alone (but it says it's a retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride", which I have never heard of, and also, I suspect it is a romance, so doubly wary). Someday when I have money to blow just because, though, I will probably get it. Yes, just for the title. Because I'm a dork. :D

ETA: Okay, this and this I might have to check out. And this. Hmm, all on the 4-for-3 promotion, too. Naturally, The Rose Bride isn't (stupid Amazon), and also isn't listed as young adult (that would be a point in its favor, I like YA novels, shut up).

ETA2: Aha! Here is my fourth book!

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