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I wanted to mention a few books I’ve read the past few weeks that I think are worth noting.

I collected quite a number of comics from ComiCon because me knowledge of that area of literature is woefully ignorant. I’ve read a few in my very spare time and wanted to mention them.

Scott Pilgrim

First, Scott Pilgrim was recommended to me by Joss Whedon himself, so I totally put that on the top of the stack. And I’ve already ordered all the rest of the series, it’s so great! Short description: “Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old guy living in the big city with his gay roommate, just trying to make his way in this crazy world.” It’s cool to have such a hip, regular-world venue and have it be so incredibly interesting. The characters are so engaging. I look forward to eating up all the rest of the series very quickly.

Next, I met the “Looking for Group” guys in their booth at Comicon and they traded my their lovely hardback for a signed headshot. Nice trade! I had read this comic before online, so to get a nice hardback copy to peruse (Nice, thick, luscious paper, oh and the comic is awesome too, hehe). If you’re a gamer or a WOW player, definitely check out their site. I’m partial to them because they have an actual page called “Codex”, thus they know where that name came from, rather than making “Kotex” jokes.

I have more comics to go through from Comicon, so stay tuned for more stuff I’ve glommed onto.

Other books: I also got a preview copy of the forthcoming novel “I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER”!!!!!

The testament to the power of LOL Cats is that any visitor I’ve have over in the last week who has seen the book, promptly squeals and then reads EVERY PAGE SLOWLY and giggles to themselves in the corner. It’s weird and creepy and fantastic. I read this book with my boyfriend together before bedtime. I might do it again tonight. When this book comes out I will be buying many copies and spreading the gospel of Kitteh Talk. Thanks for the preview!

Next, I finished the GREAT Duology “Hunter’s Oath” and “Hunter’s Death” by Michelle West. I love this author, she writes under the name Michelle Sagara too, her “Cast” series has a new one coming out at the end of the month and I’ve pre-ordered it for months. That series is more urban-fantasy-romancey, but this duology is thick, complicated Epic Fantasy at its finest. There are a lot of characters, and sometimes the lore gets a little heavy, but I really enjoyed the world and the plot twists. I will be reading the other books she has in this world focusing on one of the characters.

Last but never least, my blog readers know I’m crazy about Lisa Shearin’s Magic Lost, Trouble Found series. If you like adventure, romance, girl fighting action, a great sense of humor, definitely pick up this series. However, you know that I haven’t been a huge fan of the cover art. (I believe I referred to it as vaginal pink or something insulting, and Lisa commented and I was ashamed, haha). Well, the cover art for book #3 is out and….

YES! No pink in sight! Raine is finally bad-assed like she is in the book! She’s wearing leather, she has skinny thighs! She’s carrying a dagger, and her ears are attractive and pointy. I love orange, my favorite color, so I can’t tell you HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS BOOK! Finally it doesn’t scream 12 year old girl. It says there will be fighting and magic and sexy hunk elves and goblins galore. Yumz.

So Lisa and Lisa’s cover art maker, I salute you. I only ache inside I have to wait until next year to read this. Where can I pre-order?!!

  • I’ll be sure to look out for the Hunter’s duology. It sounds like promising stuff. You will really like Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series, which is still ongoing, if you haven’t already. It’s like the pinnacle of epic fantasy.

    Suffice to say, I love the heck out of those books and I can’t wait to get started on his latest.

  • You just made me want to buy so many things!!

  • Ron

    Oh wow….luckily I just purchased an Amazon Prime membership.

    Love posts like this, thanks so much Ms. Day. Keep them coming!

  • Slinkie

    Another good comic on gaming is Order of the Stick. It’s D&D-based instead of WoW-based. It’s a thrice-weekly or so web comic that’s collected into nice books as the series goes on, with a couple of books that were never on the web to add to it all. Anyway, if you like Looking For Group, I suspect OOTS would fit right in. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were already well aware of OOTS. You can find it at http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0001.html .

    Cheers,

    – – Rob

  • Scott Pilgrim is awesome… we gave the series 5 Oranges on our comic review show last year. The next volume should be coming out soon 😀

    I highly suggest Y: The Last Man if you’re looking for a good graphic novel series to read. I absolutely adored it… it’s by Brian K. Vaughan (one of the writers on LOST).

  • LOL! I kind of thought you’d like the cover. ; ) No pink, no sparklies, just a lot of dark & dangerous fun. I’ll be updating my website within the next week or so to include info on The Trouble with Demons; but in my Thursday blog entry, I posted the cover pic and the back cover copy to give a sneak peek of the plot.

    Take care,
    Lisa

  • I am reading Lisa Shearin’s first Trouble book now (on your recommendation) and loving it! Glad to hear there are more coming. Thanks for letting us know what books you’ve read and liked. I really appreciate the suggestions.

  • Kuinsi

    Hey!!! I’m gonna look for those books here in Spain. If I cannot find anyone I’m gonna bless Inet for being such an incredible place to get what you want 😀

  • sky

    :)beautiful

  • Kanon_fan82

    Hi Felicia…

    I just wanted to mention 100 Bullets to you…..it’s probably one of the best graphic novels out there 😀

    http://www.dccomics.com/graphic_novels/?gn=1587

    I’m currently reading volume 7 🙂

  • 100 Bullets is pretty awesome. I’d love to see that turned into a HBO series.

  • Your description of Scott Pilgrim, reminds me of Strangers in Paradise, a comic I used to read back in the late 90’s. It was probably the most mature and nuanced comic I ever followed. The fact it didn’t involve superheroes, tons of action, or some other “gimmick” makes the fact that it had such a strong following all the more surprising. Yes, there was a “thriller” sub=plot, but the main thrust of the story was of two women best friends, one of whom was in love with the other one and the other one’s struggling against her Methodist upbringing to reconcile her feelings about the first woman.

    Great dialogue, great drawing style, and all of it provided by a gifted storyteller, Terry Moore.

    I don’t know if it’s your cup of tea, Miss Felicia, but, so far, it’s my favorite comic book and the only one I’d still recommend after quitting reading comics almost eight years ago.

    Strangers in Paradise

  • Ben

    100 bullets and Y-the last man are pretty gritty comic recommendations. (I do love them but they are both gratuitously dark. Risso’s art on 100 Bullets blows me away every ish.)

    I’d like to suggest a much lighter read…Blankets by Craig Thompson. It’s won all the awards and it’s a great read. It’s 600 pages of autobiographical coming-of-age goodness and can be read in a few hours…but take your time and enjoy the art. You’ll laugh and cry.

    Check out a preview here. (I was hooked about 10 pages in): http://www.topshelfcomix.com/preview.php?preview=blankets&page=7

  • As Slinkie (Rob) mentioned. You should check out the web comic “Order of the Stick” (OOTS) for some D&D laughs. It’s not as graphically animated as LFG but I think you’ll enjoy the character interactions and it will bring back some D&D memories. BTW, I enjoy “House” and look forward to watching it tomorrow. 😉

  • Another vote here for OOTS. I’ve been reading it since godonlyknowswhen and I love it. It’s even better if you start at the beginning now, since you get so much more plot all in one go.

    Also, it makes for great D&D jokes. I thought my DM was much funnier than he actually was before I started reading it too. I suppose he should still get points for memory and timing.

  • Yay for Scott Pilgrim! That’s one of my favorite graphic novel series. Can’t wait until the movie comes out.

  • Alex A.

    I know that this isn’t really related, but — Congratulations on your appearance in House! You were fabulously dramatic. 🙂

  • I’m definitely gonna check out Scott Pilgrim and the LOL Catz.

    Even though my favourite is still the squirrel:

    http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/funny-pictures-angry-squirrel-leaves-screaming.jpg

    So much love.

    Saw you on House. Awesome. =)

    *completely-ignores-that-she-has-never-commented-here-before-and-waves/grins/trips-away-again*

  • Sabrina

    Yay! Go Joss for recommending Scott Pilgrim to you. It’s one of my favourite series and totally Canadian!!!!

    And hooray for LOLCats. ^_^

  • Felicia,

    I want to read a new fantasy series. I trust your judgment. You’ve read David & Leigh Eddings’s Belgariad/Mallorean and Elenium/Tamuli and enjoyed them, as I recall. Those are my favorite fantasy books ever. So, as a more prolific reader of fantasy than I, can you tell me of another fantasy novel or series that will appeal to me as much as those?

    I like character-driven stories with good, believable banter. I don’t like to get into heavy, fancy-pants high fantasy. I like the characters to feel real and approachable. Eddings manages to do this brilliantly, but I’ve not yet found many others who do. Do you have any recommendations with this in mind?

    With much affection,
    Lee Thompson
    Memphis, TN

  • Shanna

    Thanks for the tip on Looking For Group. I went and checked it out and I love it! So far, Richard is my favorite. 🙂

  • BigT

    “If you like adventure, romance, girl fighting action, a great sense of humor, definitely pick up this series.”

    Kinda sounds like Buffy.

  • Patton

    Another series you might enjoy is Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet books. Urban fantasy with some interesting twists and quite a bit of action. Her Dante Valentine books are good as well, but I tend to enjoy the Kismet books more.

  • I looked at Lilith Saintcrow yesterday at the store, now I have to pick them up, thx for the recc!

  • i like that lilith saintcrows book interesting stuff and i really like her last name

  • Anne

    Thanks for the recommendation about Lisa Shearin’s books. I picked up “Magic Lost, Trouble Found” and “Armed & Magical” on Friday, read them both on Saturday, pre-ordered “The Trouble with Demons” this morning, and am now feeling slightly bereft.

    If you’re interested in other good fantasy/romance series, I’d recommend Eileen Wilks “World of the Lupi” series (the first one is “Tempting Danger”, the fourth one just came out last month) and Tanya Huff’s “Keeper’s Chronicles” (NB: she only did 3 books in the series and then just stopped, so there’s no closure with the characters/story. That being said, the first one, “Summon the Keeper”, is a fun read that’s worth picking up).

    Happy Monday!

  • So glad you enjoyed them Anne! I love Lisa’s books, I think she’s brilliant and can’t wait for each one of her books to come out! I will definitely check out Eileen Wilks. Poo on the Kindle for not having older books catalogued already or I’d read it on the plane this week 🙂

    • Thank you, Felicia! (blushes at the “brilliant” comment)

      Anne, I’m so glad you enjoyed my books! And you won’t be bereft for much longer — only a little longer until April 28 and The Trouble with Demons.

      Lisa

  • Anne

    If you need a distraction on the plane, I’d recommend taking a gay best friend with you and having him melodramatically read passages of “Twilight” (redundant?). Worked for me last year on a long, boring Canadian road trip, I guarantee it’ll work for you.

    Ordered the first four books of the Weather Warden series yesterday. In the mean time, I have my Stephanie Plum books to keep me occupied – if you ever feel like taking a break from fantasy, I’d check out this series by Janet Evanovich.

  • Fu

    Felicia, your taste in books is kickass. Some other books you might want to check out are:

    Bernard Cornwell’s “The Warlord Chronicles” (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur). They’re pretty well done, though they’re more “historical fiction” than fantasy. There’s a nice love story in there, and his take on Lancelot and Merlin alone make them worth reading. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlord_Chronicles

    The other recommendation I can make off the top of my head would be “Hyperion” and “Fall of Hyperion” by Dan Simmons. They’re a sci-fi take on “The Canterbury Tales”, but a bit darker (kinda like what you’d get if William Gibson and Neil Gaiman had collaborated on them). Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_Cantos

    I’m a Johnny-come-lately to your work, but I’ve greatly enjoyed “The Guild” and “Dr. Horrible” (omg… those songs are like CRACK!). Greatly looking forward to season 2.

  • Fu

    Do you read any webcomics at all, Felicia?

    Phil and Kaja Folio have one called “Girl Genius Online” that’s pretty funny.

    http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

    Sorry if that’s off-topic… It’s something that can be read, though, so I hope it fits. =)

  • Fu

    Here’s something that’s definitely on-topic, though (and by the way, your taste in books is kickass). I didn’t see these listed here, but you may want to take a look at…

    Bernard Cornwell’s “The Warlord Chronicles” (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur). They’re pretty well done, though they’re more “historical fiction” than fantasy. There’s a nice love story in there, and his take on Lancelot and Merlin alone make them worth reading. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlord_Chronicles

    The other recommendation I can make off the top of my head would be “Hyperion” and “Fall of Hyperion” by Dan Simmons. They’re a sci-fi take on “The Canterbury Tales”, but a bit darker (kinda like what you’d get if William Gibson and Neil Gaiman had collaborated on them). Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_Cantos

    I’m a Johnny-come-lately to your work, but I’ve greatly enjoyed “The Guild” and “Dr. Horrible” (omg… those songs are like CRACK!). Greatly looking forward to season 2.

  • Fu

    Felicia, I was trying to recommend a book or three here, but my comments keep disappearing. If they’re going to some sort of site admin purgatory while you go thru them, sorry for spamming. =/

    Your taste in books is top-notch, ma’am. A redhead that likes Zelazny? Wish you had a sister. 😉

  • Alyssa

    Hee hee, I admit I sort of love the fact that you love the “Cast” series for the sort of strange connection both you and that series have to Buffy and Joss Wheadon shows. 😉 The “Cast” series is, as per the introduction, born of Michelle Sagara’s love of Buffy and Firefly and her desire to write something episodic like those shows. She talks not infrequently of her love of those shows on her blog. I have to assume she’d get a kick out of knowing you enjoy her books.

    But hey, only 114 days til Cast in Silence! Not that, er, I’m keeping track or anything. At all.

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