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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Do you ever wonder why the word redundant isn’t spelled “redundunt?”  Am I the only one who wonders that?

Anyhoo, I went to Phoenix ComiCon and was again fortunate enough to be a panelist talking about books I love.  I also got to see a lot of people, both famous and awesome, or just awesome without the famous, while I was there.  One of the people I got a chance to talk to was Sam Sykes, who was riding the harass-John-Scalzi-train with Wil Wheaton.  Due to Sam’s fine graffiti on the right side of John Scalzi’s sign, I now have plans to make churro waffles with some of my friends this weekend!  Vegetarian? Check! Cooked by ninjas? It will be!  Librarians?  Well, I’ll be there stuffing my face…

So here’s the link to John Scalzi’s post about churro waffles.  It includes some delicious pictures and a link to the recipe 🙂

And here are some of the books I talked about:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina is set in a richly imagined medieval world where the dragons can make themselves look human.  The humans and dragons have an uneasy peace treaty, and just as the celebrations are about to begin for 40 years of peace, one of  the human princes turns up dead.  In fact, his head is missing, which leads the humans to believe he was killed by a dragon.  Seraphina doesn’t want anything to do with all these politics.  She wants to live her life and keep her head down so no one will notice her terrible secret: she’s half dragon.  Considered either impossible or an abomination by both sides, she fears for her life.  But she may be the only one who can stop the humans and dragons from going to war again…

Front Cover

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene is bored with all her princess lessons.  She doesn’t care about embroidery or etiquette.  So she tries to take lessons in cooking, fencing, magic, Latin, and a number of other things that her father, the king, finds out about and ends.  “You’re a princess!  It simply isn’t done!” he says.  And when her parents try to marry Cimorene off to kind but boring prince, Cimorene gets desperate: she takes advice from a talking frog, and runs away to some “people” who can help her.  Trouble is, those people turn out to be dragons.

This is one of my favorite books of all time, full of humor and expectations turned on their head.  I wish every little girl would read it.

Guess I must have been on a dragon kick…

Here are a few other titles mentioned at the panel that I want to read in all my copious spare time.  Sorry I don’t have any authors names, it’s hard to figure out how spell them just from listening.  I’ll look the authors up later(it’s what I do all day anyway):

Ruby Red

Shadow and Bone

Pivot Point

Demon Catchers of Milan

Mind Games

Archive

Elite

Mila 2.0

Starters

Fourteen

Nightmare Affair

School for Good and Evil