NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again.  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts at midnight/12:01 am on Tuesday, November 1.  AKA, tomorrow.  Eek!

I am once again going to be participating, aiming to write a minimum of 50k.  The story I’m working on is a continuation of the story I started two years ago but never managed to finish.  I’m being very careful to note down my exact word count at the start of the month (according to my own word processor) so that I can be as exact as possible when I update my word count, even though I know that the NaNo Validator tends to add words to my count (better than my sister, who loses words off the official counter).

And, like every November, I am of course also in the middle of a play.  So don’t be surprised if blog posts slow to a crawl – or even a halt – while I deal with memorizing lines and blocking, Tech Week, the entire run, plus NaNo.  *Phew*

To everyone else participating, best of luck!  And remember, whether you write 50k or 50 words, that’s still more than you had at the beginning of the month!

Series Review – The Blood Prince Series

So this is going to be a bit different from my usual review format because I’m reviewing five (very short) paranormal romance novels in one huge chunk (partially to keep myself from going crazy trying to write full length reviews for all of them).  So… Here goes.
*Apologies in advance if you don’t like looking at covers with half-naked men on them, but this series is paranormal romance meets fairy tale retellings.

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Review – The Assassin’s Blade

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis from GoodReads
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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Review – Ethan of Athos

Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from GoodReads
The familiar old SF “planet of women” chestnut is reversed in the planet of Athos — an all-male planet made possible by the invention of the uterine replicator. Ethan, drawn out of his beloved Athos by a quest, finds himself an alien in more mainstream human society, and cannot help but find women disturbing aliens as well, especially the ultra-competent, ultra-beautiful Elli.

Ethan of Athos is Lois McMaster Bujold’s third novel. It departs from the concerns of the Vorkosigan family to explore the ramifications of advanced biotechnology, turning many a cliché on its head along the way.

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Review – The Lees of Laughter’s End

The Lees of Laughter's End (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, #3)The Lees of Laughter’s End by Steven Erikson
Synopsis from GoodReads:
In the wake of their blissful sojourn in the city of Lamentable Moll, the intrepid sorcerors Bauchelain and Korbal Broach — along with their newly hired manservant, Emancipor Reese — have set out on the wide open seas aboard the sturdy Suncurl.

Alas, there’s more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of Suncurl’s hapless crew, and once on the cursed sea-lane known as Laughter’s End — the Red Road in which flows the blood of an Elder God — unseemly terrors are prodded awake, to the understated dismay of all.

It is said that it is not the destination that counts, but the journey itself. Such a noble, worthy sentiment. Aye, it is the journey that counts, especially when what counts is horror, murder, mischance and mayhem. For Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese, it is of course just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end — and that counts for a lot.

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