Khalarea the Fallen by Claus Augustus Corbett (Tales of Yagath #1)

Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: April 3, 2016
Date Started: September 19, 2016
Date Finished: October 2, 2016

Media: Kindle
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Pages: 30

Years ago, a name was heard inside of long-forgotten ruins, and since then Astir Runia, a Calanthoren bard, has been traveling the known world searching for a truth buried by thousands of years of human history. What shadows does the name Khalarea cast now on her world? Even though she can’t answer that, Astir is finally ready to share the legend of Khalarea the Fallen with her friend, Lokart. As she makes her way to their meeting, she wonders how he’ll react to the legend, and what connection this legend has to the boy they rescued in those same ruins. Still, what weights more on her mind is not the legend in itself, but rather other texts she found during her journey, and which may point to a truth that might be even darker than they expected.


I wish I could recall who recommended this book to me.  It’s someone I met online, and the recommendation came about as we were discussing content warnings and whatnot.  She (I believe the person is female) said that her author friend took the chance to make less sales by putting a content warning on one of his books.  I was impressed by this and sought him out, buying the first book in the series for my efforts.  The warning doesn’t occur until the second book The Scarlet Mantle, which I didn’t finish, but not due to the warning.  Rather it suffers from narrative structure issues such as not establishing an integral relationship prior so when the characters met in the story, it resembled a poorly executed deus ex machina and far too convenient for the plot.

Khalarea the Fallen was…interesting.  It’s a meta story, a tale within a tale, following the lay of Astir Runia as she relates information discovered about Khalarea to her companion Lockart.  As I read ( and it didn’t take a long time since it’s only a 30 page short) I started getting that all too familiar tingle of familiarity that comes when a story shares motofs with Final Fantasy VII.  Usually, these are things that are just common fantasy tropes that, while I can tie a thread between them, are hardly unique to FFVII (or the story in question) and could therefore only serve as two examples of the same paradigm.  However, when there are a multitude of similarities, I can’t help but take notice and note.

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The State of the Writer: 10/15/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/8/16          The State of the Writer: 10/22/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 280,583
Prior Word Count: 279,131
Word Difference: +1452
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

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The image this week was another possibility for Chapter 6’s cover, but the rocky shoals (hope that’s the right term) didn’t figure into my mental image of their shore.  The sunset portion of the picture is perfect though.

I wrote even more additional content for scenes last week, added them in, and restarted the first edit of Chapter 6.  The word count is now a whopping 280k+.  I wound up moving up some concepts I didn’t touch on until later (like…three chapters later, but still), and I’m hoping I still agree with this decision throughout the edit.  When I get into that frenetic writing phase, I can be a bit overzealous, nor do I use everything I come up with, but this just makes sense in practical terms.  I suppose I’m being vague.

My goal is to have Chapter 6 completely edited by the end of October, go back through and do a quick polish up of the first six chapters, then post them.  After that I’ll post chapters as I edit them.  There won’t be a set weekly schedule like I had with Northern Lights. 

I don’t mind that this story has taken over my life.  I love writing about Aeris and Sephiroth, but I really need to attempt to work on other things like original novels and essays.  This is me saying this, but I’m going to work on whatever I’m drawn to, and right now this fanfiction is it.  It’s this irresistible pull.

Quote: When Aeris fell asleep in his arms per her norm, the general breathed moments of awe.  Watching this innocent slumber in peace, her fear of him leeching away.  Finally, he stood to put her to bed for the Cetra deserved her soft mattress.  As always she roused to relay the litany that re-broke his shattered heart.


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques reviewed
Progress: Updates to be made

I’m hoping to work on this story tonight, but I still have 20 things on my to-do list.  I may push this off until I finish the edit of TBR’s first six chapters.


Project: Book Review
Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Genre: Fantasy
Status: In Progress

Here’s hoping I can finish up this book review today.  I have most of it written.  I have just a few more points to make and then I can post.


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

Absolutely nothing on this.  I’m hoping I can work on it next Saturday.  It’s not going to happen today.


What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

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The State of the Writer: 10/8/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/1/16          The State of the Writer: 10/15/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 279,131
Prior Word Count: 277,937
Word Difference: +1194
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 6

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The cover picture for the chapter was not my preferred choice.  I attempted to find a luxurious beach house lit by a gorgeous sunset, but neither Google nor Pinterest nor tumblr yielded any acceptable results.  So I went with a seascape that at least had the black cliffs that I can see in my mind.  The sky certainly resembles what might be the Gate of Heaven, so there’s some consolation there.

I have officially starting editing Chapter 6 instead of adding additional content from notes.  My word count jumped up almost 1200 since last week, but it will probably fall at least a little bit as I go through the paring process.  Though I will say I’ve been writing more notes, though I know their specific place.

I’m currently in that wonderful writer place where I have more ideas than time to write them down.  While I’m drafting this post, I’m going back to my notes to attempt to get some out.  While this is great and necessary, it’s stymieing my progress on this post hehe, and making me sound far less eloquent than I typically strive for.

I think then I’ll keep it brief.  I’m hoping to work on a combination of editing and adding in more.  This chapter focuses on Aeris’s direct surroundings, the splendor she’s found herself in.  This is the chapter where I found much use for pinning nice clothes and priceless jewelry.  Things like this

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are easier to describe when I have a visual, so Google managed to prove its usefulness to me after all.

Quote: He smiled to the circlet in her hair with jade stones bright as stars.  The dress she wore today was white.  On her feet with flat, slipper-like shoes.  A large, square emerald lay near her breast pulsing near deep as cold eyes.  Sephiroth’s smile softened.  She seemed to like that.  That stone and that aching green color.  Seeing her dressed and wreathed in jewels brought joy to his dark, ailing heart.

“My beautiful flower.  My tiny rose.”  He brushed her little hand with his thumb.  Caressing her palm as she turned it, while tilting her face back and up.  The Great General knew what his next words would bring as endless light rode his long lashes.  “My Aeris…”


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Critiques reviews

Don’t let the word difference fool you, I have made some progress (albeit minimal) on this story.  I reviewed the critiques from my writer friend Kat, and there were less than I thought there would be.  A large chunk of story didn’t have anything so I’m taking that as a good sign.  I highlighted the ones I plan to take into consideration, and the next step is to do the second edit with them in mind.  I don’t think I’m going to get to it today as I’m going to a trivia contest around 7:00 (I’m very trivial), which is why I’m trying to get this post out fairly early.  Next week I have nothing on my Saturday schedule so I hope to work on Threads then.


Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Status: Outline Complete

No progress on this one.  I’ll work on it either the 15th or the 21st.  I’m more in story mode right now, but I would like to get back to this at some point.


Project: Book Review
Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Genre: Fantasy
Status: In Progress

I’m working on the review for this and hope to have it completed by this weekend.  It was a fast read and only $0.99 on my Kindle.  It’s an interesting world, and there were many aspects of this particular story that remind me of something else.  I discuss that more in my review.


What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

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The State of the Reader: 10/5/16

<–The State of the Reader: 9/28/16          The State of the Reader: 10/12/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: April 3, 2016
Date Started: September 19, 2016
Date Finished: October 2, 2016

I’m planning on writing a review of this one.  Actually, I think I have it on my day planner for tonight, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  More than likely I’ll do it this weekend.


Books Unfinished This Week: 1

Title: The Scarlet Mantle
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: October 2, 2016
Date Started: October 2, 2016
Date Unfinished: October 3, 2016

This is the sequel to Khalarea the Fallen above, and it’s the book my unknown friend was telling me about a while ago where the author risked sales to put a content warning.  While I definitely appreciated that, the story unfortunately didn’t hold my interest.  I’m not planning a separate, unfinished review, but rather I’ll talk about the issues I had with it when I review Khalarea.


Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 19%

I’ve reached the part of the book where they’re talking about the Black Cauldron.  Now anyone who remembers Disney’s darker era (and I’m mean that both in the macabre sense and the lower quality sense.  It’s been called “the film that almost ruined Disney”) might recall the movie The Black CauldronThat was the catalyst for getting me to read The Prydain Chronicles, and it’s how I got to where I am reading this today.

The Cauldron is just as terrible and tempting as it was in the books.  It reminds me of how the wights act in ASOIAF of course, and otherworldly, glowing (green) eyes that indicate a power unknown in control make me think of that and FFVII.  There’s a fantastic video speculating why the wights’ eyes glow like they do, and the implications are a bit chilling.  Considering that VII has that layer of manipulation, and it most certainly does concern people and abominations with glowing eyes, I come to think the usage of this trope is not coincidental, and the implications of it are older than once believed.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 69%

I’m currently reading the section on the Stormlands and the time before the Andal invasion.  Huh, wasn’t I already talking about Song above?

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 3%

I bought this book a few months ago on a failed “I’m just going to get one thing from Target” run.  The cover is magnificent and the story seemed intriguing.  Since I finished Miss Peregrine last week, I needed another general fiction/fantasy.  I picked this up off my shelf and reread the blurb, which I never noticed invoked both the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and the video game Child of Light by Ubisoft Montreal.  The faulty lungs for the former, and the death/escape to another world for the latter.  Since these are two of my favorite things, I thought the combination would be perfect.  So far it’s a little bit too Fault like with her “lungs not understanding air” (“my lungs suck at being lungs”), and even the snarky attitude is similar to Hazel Grace, but I like the language even if it is a bit metaphor heavy, and I’m curious about this world (which I assume is called Magonia) that Aza Ray (which sounds a lot like “ashre” so maybe some religious symbolism in the name.  I like names with religious symbolism attached…in case you didn’t know) finds herself in.  Hoping to get there soon.  I’m only 3% in so I’ve a ways to go.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

I’m so happy my friend has been feeling up to updating her stories including this one!  She’s also close to finishing my Northern Lights and has impeccable timing since I’ll probably start posting The Broken Rose within the next few weeks.  Ah, if only I could be so lucky.  She has Chapter 13 finished.  I’m guessing she’s going to take the story to the end of the game, though I’m not sure since she didn’t actually start at the beginning.

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 7

Title: Bambi’s Children
Series Title: Bambi
Author: Felix Salten
Date Added: September 28, 2016

I didn’t know Mr. Salten wrote a sequel to his Bambi, and since I added that to my To Be Reread list, it’s only fitting that I add the second book to my TBR list.

Title: The Stolen Child
Author: Keith Donohue
Date Added: September 30, 2016

A story written from the point of view of the changeling and the child so stolen as their lives eventually converge in dual searches for their truth.

This was one of those adds due to a review on another book by Kim over at By Hook or By Book (er the review is by Kim not the book hehe).  It’s the same author Keith Donohue and his novel The Motion of Puppets, which I didn’t add as it didn’t really pique my interest.  The review was also much less enthusiastic for this than for the this book and the next.

The Stolen Child looks like it would be something I’d highly enjoy.  I like both fairy tales and tales about fairy, which are rarely the same thing.

Title: The Boy Who Drew Monsters
Author: Keith Donohue
Date Added: September 30, 2016

This was added due to the same review above.  There’s a definite eerie vibe to this book that just pulls me.  Despite my claims to being frightened of horror, I’m inexplicably drawn to it, or maybe not so inexplicable if I really drill down into the psychology.  I put horror motifs into nearly all the stories I write, and my favorites contain them as well.  The novel boasts strange drawings that come to life, ghostly apparitions, and drowning motifs.  It’s a trifecta of darkness.

Title: The Scarlet Mantle
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: October 2, 2016

This is the second book in the Tales of Yagath series, added after I finished the first (as indicated above).  This is the book my friend (whomever they may be) was referring to when the said the author risked losing sales in order to provide a content warning.  It’s also the reason I bought the first book since I respected him for taking that chance in order to give an oft needed warning.

The main character has bright violet eyes, which mark her as a Targaryen demon/witch, and for that she needs to die.  The blurb both directly mentions she’s abused by the hunters who find her, and the author has a warning at the end to leave no doubt as to what type of abuse.  It’s a short story at only 41 pages, so hopefully it will be quick if brutal.

Note:  This is the fastest turnaround I’ve ever had on a book.  I both added, bought, and declared it an unfinished all within a week.

Title: Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics
Author: Jason Porath
Date Added: October 3, 2016

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed today and came across this tome shared by a friend.  I’m a fan of rebellious women.  We tend to make more waves than our sweet princess counterparts.  We also tend to graduate from mere princess status fairly quickly.  I mean Daenerys is a queen 🙂

Title: The Catalyst
Author: Helena Coggan
Date Added: October 5, 2016

So the story behind this book makes me feel like a total failure.  The author wrote this when she was thirteen, and now it’s published two years later.  She’s less than half my age and a hundred times more successful.  Yeah…I feel great about myself at 36 and still a rejected writer 😦

The world is divided into magic users and non-magic users, and the magic users, or Gifted, brutally control whom they call the Ashkind, and am I the only one pronouncing that like “ash-keent” instead of “ash-kind?”  It just seems appropriate.  But the main character and her father have a major secret, and an old enemy is threatening a catastrophic war.

This was reviewed by Kim over at By Hook or By Book and through that, I know there are some angel and demon shenanigans going on, which is a big draw.

Title: The Six-Gun Tarot
Series Title: Golgotha
Author: R.S. Belcher
Date Added: October 5, 2016

I’m not even mad at Cupcakes and Machetes for “making” me add this book, because it sounds fucking amazing.  I’m a fan of mixing genres when the brew turns into gold (figure my favorite story is sci-fi/fantasy fusion with tons of religious symbolism, mythology references, and horror motifs, so…), and the name of the city (and series) makes me think there will be religious symbolism all over the place.  While I’m not usually a fan of westerns, neither will I turn down a good sounding book based on one petty reason alone.


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 1

Title: The Scarlet Mantle
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: October 2, 2016

Bought on my Kindle.


I added two shelves to my Goodreads this week: passed-based-on-sample and downloaded-sample.  The first shelf is an exclusive (meaning in GR lingo, a book can only be on that shelf) and is for books I downloaded a sample for and decided not to read based on that.  The second shelf is for the samples I download so I can keep track of them.  I decided to go through Amazon on my lunch break and see what I could send to my Kindle.  I’m probably add more tomorrow and try to download all the samples I can.  This should help clear out my TBR list.

I’m also thinking about adding a really-want-to-read shelf since there are some books (like The Six-Gun Tarot above) that I’m super excited about, but they can get buried in the flurry of so many.


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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The State of the Reader: 9/28/16

<–The State of the Reader: 9/21/16          The State of the Reader: 10/5/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016
Date Finished: September 25, 2016

I highly enjoyed this book, intend to read the next one in the series (which I talk about below), and just posted my review for it here.


Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 17%

Ugh there was pretty serious animal abuse displayed in the chapter I’m on with gruesome details.  I’m not a horse person, but I’m adamantly against animal abuse of any form, and I do think they’re beautiful creatures.  I hope the perpetrator receives a righteous comeuppance.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 68%

I’m chugging through this book one (large) page at a time.  I’m currently about to read about the Stormlands, which is where Robert Baratheon’s ancestors hail from: the Storm King and his court.  I’m impressed by how much like a history this collection is, but you still have to read between the lines, because only one side tends to write the history books, and when that one side is anti-magic, you have to be even more wary.

Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: April 3, 2016
Date Started: September 19, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 41%

Okay we need to talk about this book.  We need to talk about this book.  I emailed my friend who runs The Ink Garden about it, because my VII Sense went through the freaking roof.  It was so high it could’ve fallen to earth like a meteor *hides from the bad pun…and the meteor*  I’ll cease being ridiculous and explain.

The first thing I noticed was a character with glowing blue/green eyes, and they appear to be of a special breed.  Okay…that’s pretty common in fantasy/sci-fi.  Not a huge similarity.  I should also probably explain a little bit about the story itself.  It’s is a bit of a meta story.  Astir, a wandering bard, was sent to find out about the legend of Khalarea the Fallen.  She finally finds some information and is relating it to Lokart (the individual with the glowing eyes).  He and Astir talk about “destroying spirits consciousness in such a manner they can’t put themselves together again,” but it’s “impossible to destroy consciousness” as “it would simply rearrange itself” unless you break it down to separate parts and trap them away from each other.  Um…okay again.  Now I’m definitely thinking about VII’s reunion, but the next page made me put down my phone and walk away.  I’ll just quote verbatim.

“…it describes Khalarea as a human who tried to surpass what the authors call the one true god and went mad.”

“When a spirit – or a person, for that matter – is too far consumed by pain, fear, anger, or emotions of this sort, they lose touch with themselves.  They literally go mad, which then them into a process of self-corruption, usually ending only when that spirit is destroyed beyond recognition and only its essence remains.  With people, that might be physical death, or sometimes it takes more than death to cure it.”

Um…so Khalarea is similar to an all too familiar and talked about favorite fallen angel, and my suspicions that the author may have borrowed from this paradigm deepened when his Goodread’s profile stated he is an “avid consumer of fantasy media – books, games, tv series, movies… – and long-time RPG player, he has now decided to take it to the next level and start sharing the stories of Yagath, a world that was originally idealized for his RPG adventures.”

This actually makes me very happy, because it means I’m not the only one that takes inspiration from video games/RPGs, though I obviously knew that.  Stranger Things heavily uses D&D…not to mention aspects from a potential government cover up on human experimentation.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

Last week I’d added a few fanfictions to my TBR list; however, they were either not my style/ship or didn’t hold my attention so I’m back down to none.


Books Added to Goodreads To Read List This Week: 4

Title: Hollow City
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: September 25, 2016

I added this book on the very day I finished the first.  I want to know what happens next so I may be picking it up from the bookstore this week.

Title: Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
Series Title: Locke and Key
Author: Joe Hill
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
Date Added: September 28, 2016

I only have a few comics on my TBR list and probably less to my credit as read.  My husband bought me a My Little Pony comic two and a years ago for my birthday, and I’ve yet to crack it open.  I will…I just haven’t yet.  Maybe I should put it on my TBR list…

Anyway, freaking Cupcakes and Machetes posted about this and the comic below, and I’m a sucker for Lovecraft (even though I’ve only read In the Mountains of Madness and even though he’s a HUGE racist), so I couldn’t resist.  The book is about a New England mansion with fantastic doors of transformation.  It sounds suitably spooky for the Halloween season aka best time of the year.

Title: Saga, Volume I
Series Title: Saga Collected Editions
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Date Added: September 28, 2016

This one got me because it’s a wedding of sci-fi to fantasy, which is the genre of my favorite story FFVII.  I had no idea I’d love the fusion of them as much as I do; therefore, when I find any other narrative that claims to do so, it immediately draws my interest.

Two soldiers on the opposite ends of a never ending galactic war fall in love, and from the cover, it looks like they do indeed have a child.  There also seems to be some cross species and other diversity delved into, so I’m willing to give this a chance.

Title: The Rescuers
Series Title: The Rescuers
Author: Margery Sharp
Date Added: September 28, 2016

I had a feeling the Disney movie was based on a book (most Disney movies are based on something else), especially since I’ve read others of the same ilk such as Bambi and The Fox and the Hound (FYI neither of these books is nearly as cuddly as the Disney movies.  Be warned).

This Rescuers seems to have a different plot from either of the films.  The mice do perform rescue bids, but its for human prisoners in their cells and not endangered children.  Maybe Disney didn’t want their cuddly critters aiding and abetting criminals.


Books Added to Goodreads To Reread List This Week: 1

Title: Bambi
Series Title: Bambi
Author: Felix Salten
Date Added: September 28, 2016

Yep, talking about it above made me add it to my To-Reread list.  I didn’t even have it on my Read list, because I’d forgotten to do so.  I loved this book, liking it better than the movie, which I don’t abhor, but I’m much more into the true origin of things, and I prefer darker stories.  While the Disney film does capture some aspects of that, it’s nowhere near as vicious, and I’m saying that about a kids movie where the main character’s mother is shot.

The film does boast an amazing musical piece in “Looking for Romance (I Bring You a Song).”

There’s something mystical and haunting about this melody, a timelessness that transcends the ages and certainly the bonds of children’s animation, but it’s not remotely vulgar.


Books Purchased This Week: 0


I need to pick another general fiction/fantasy to read since I finished Miss Peregrine this week, but I’m not quite sure what the next book will be.  I’m reliant on my own bookshelf this week, since I have plenty of physical volumes to choose from.  I’ll have something by next week to speak of never fear!

What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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The State of the Reader: 9/21/16

<–The State of the Reader: 9/14/16          The State of the Reader: 9/28/16–.

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: Sigil
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016
Date Finished: September 16, 2016

This is tough.  As you all know I usually review books on Goodreads and Amazon after I finish them. I want to do that with this one, but I had some major issues with it, and this is an indie author who could be really hurt by a bad review.  I know how tough the publishing world is since, well, I’m not even in it due to failure/rejection, and I don’t want to bring anyone else down, BUT I always want to give honest reviews.  If I can figure out a way to do this tactfully, I’ll definitely write one up.

For now I’ll tell you that I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.  I think it’s a great portrayal of how small towns can hide huge secrets.  The main character is very likeable and admirable, and the book is $0.99 and fast paced.


Books Currently Reading: 4
Change from Last Week: +1

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 16%

I am well entrenched on the second branch of this book.  It’s a little bit more complex what with matrilineal kingship.  The first book was about the New Tribes that were more patriarchal whereas the Old Tribes follow a matriarchal line. There is a character named Bran though, which is something Martin borrowed from in his Song saga so I’m excited.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 81%

I’m really hoping this book doesn’t let me down with the ending.  I can see the direction it may be leading me into, and I’m hoping the author is clever enough to pull a bait and switch.  So far Mr. Riggs hasn’t let me down.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 66%

Though this book is a new addition to this week, I was reading it before.  I took a hiatus, but picked it back up when I (finally) finished my last reference The Mystical Qabalah.  This compendium is the history of Westeros from GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, my favorite (written) fantasy series and my second favorite story of all time.  If you’re a Song fan and you want to know more about the world of Westeros (and Essos and Sothoryos…collectively called Planetos in fan head canons), I highly recommend it.

I’m currently on the section about the Tyrells and before that Old Town, which was a bit chilling as the maester “writing” it mentions that ubiquitous black stone found all over the world.  There’s something very eerie about that black stone not the least of which is its connections with Lovecraftian horror.

TWOIAF only has around 330 pages, but it’s a large book nonetheless.

Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: April 3, 2016
Date Started: September 19, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 12%

I’m trying to remember who recommended this book to me, and I’m failing miserably.  It’s not on my “Blogger Recommendations” shelf, but someone I was talking to mentioned this author because they were willing to risk less sales in order to put a content warning on their work.  Dammit…I think it was someone on WP, but this was before I kept track of who recommended what.

Another draw was how the “Tales of Yagath” sound a bit Lovecraftian to me, too.  Yagath reminds me of shoggoth, but that could also just because I’m weird.  They both end with -th.  I really don’t know.  There is a trope about that though under Names to Run Away From (yes “Sephiroth” is there.  I can’t talk about sinister names that end in -th without mentioning my favorite fallen angel), and Lovecraft, er, loved using it.

This story is about a wandering bard looking for to recount what she knows of the Legend of Khalarea to her friend, but there may be even darker truths to reveal.  This is another book written by an indie author.  I’m trying to keep up my reading with one of those on my Kindle as I go along.  So far it’s a little muddled with tons of character and place names, but I’m hoping things will fall into place soon.  It’s not very long so I don’t envision me taking much more than a week to finish.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 1

Title: Children of Light and Darkness
Author: Chibi Neko
Fandom: Vampire Hunter D
Pairing: N/A

Holy shit.  I’m reading a fanfiction that’s not only not Aeriseph but also not even Final Fantasy VII.  What the hell is going on?  Well first off I added this today after checking my email.  Chibi Neko, the author, had added my Northern Lights to their Favorite Stories list.  Whenever that occurs I always check out the person’s profile to see if they write my fandom and to see what other stories/authors they have as their favorite so I can potentially add more stories to my TBR list.  I didn’t find any fics that way, but I noticed the author has one story to their credit about Vampire Hunter D.

This is D. Yes, he's very beautiful.

This is D. Yes, he’s very beautiful.

I gave the prologue a read, and it’s interesting enough for me to delve into.  Plus pretty goth boys are my specialty whether they have black or silver hair.  There doesn’t seem to be a pairing marked in the story info, but it is designated a drama/romance.

Fanfiction.net doesn’t have a place for content warnings, and the author didn’t put any near the beginning, but if you decide to check the fic out, there’s rape/sexual assault in the prologue (not done by D, ugh, god no).  I’ll never forgot the one story I read by one of my favorite fanfiction authors where she shocked me with it.  It was absolutely harrowing, and I’m not typically triggered by rape/assault, but that particular story bothered me and still does today when I think about it 😦

Anyway, I think I’ll enjoy this.  Though FFVII is my favorite and really the only fanfic I read, there’s no harm branching out.


Books Added to Goodreads To Read List This Week: 8

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Series Title: Chaos Walking
Author: Patrick Ness
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I have to thank the lovely Writing Hufflepuff for this addition, and for giving me another tag post to do (one day lol).  This series was ranked as the most amazing book that defies all other descriptions.  Of course I had to check it out, and the blurb instantly hooked me.  Silence in a world of endless thoughts, and a heart-stopping revelation.  I must know more.

Title: Crane
Series Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Date Added: September 16, 2016

A terse and explosive review from Cupcake and Machetes made me add this one with the added bonus that the book is free on Kindle.  I love reworked fairy tales and folk legends, and this is an add just in time for Halloween.  Not that I’m going to even start it by then (it’s highly doubtful), but I can always load up my TBR list with spooky scribblings for scary soirees.

Title: A Tale of Two Airships
Series Title: Take to the Skies
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I already owned this book, but hadn’t added it to my TBR list for some reason.  It’s the sequel to my friend and fellow writer’s novel An Airship Named Desire.  I still need to read the first Airship, which is conveniently on my Kindle.

Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I was immediately interested when the first line of the blurb stated that the MC lived in the land of Canaan, which is often equated with the Promised Land so VII Sense tingling even though I know it’s just a shared reference.  I still like it. Then the “forgetting” thing happened.  Every 12 years all memories are forgotten and lost forever unless they’re written down.  Memory is a huge thing for me in stories (it also tingles my VII sense for various reasons, too), and only the main character Nadia retains hers in this strange land.  As the time of forgetting approaches, she has to stop an unseen enemy with an ally who will forget her if they don’t do it before that time comes.

Title: Wicked as They Come
Series Title: Blud
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Date Added: September 17, 2016

I haven’t read a sexy vampire story since I was into Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series before she went totally porno, and prior to that it was Anne Rice.  I don’t like Twilight for reasons beyond the writing style, and though I did enjoy Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series, I haven’t had a chance to get back to it.

I have Cupcakes and Machetes to blame again for this addition.  Her review of it was all I really needed.  Not only is it about a sexy vampire, it also features another hidden world.  Those are kind of my favorite as I’ve been trying to get off this planet fervently for the past few years.  Also, the vampires aren’t the bad guys (so it would seem), and in fact may soon be the victims of genocide!  I love tales that mix up paradigms.

Title: The Wonder
Author: Emma Donoghue
Date Added: September 19, 2016

This addition came from a fantastic review of By Hook or By Book.  Emma Donoghue is also the author of RoomI’ve neither read this nor seen the movie, but I hear nothing but wonderful things about the prior mentioned and the author. This particular novel is about a girl who supposedly subsists on “manna from heaven.”  The phenomenon is not that uncommon dating back to Victorian times; however, it may be the precursor to what we know now of as anorexia.  I’m both fascinated by the possibility in the story itself and the sad origin.

Title: Halfway to the Grave
Series Title: Night Huntress
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Date Added: September 19, 2016

I can’t even really put a link since this was recommended to me in a comment by Cupcakes and Machetes.  It has a vampire bounty hunter (as in a bounty hunter who’s a vampire a la D from Vampire Hunter D), and I just can’t say no to a hot vampire dude.

Note: Hilariously, I added this prior to finding the Vampire Hunter D fanfiction above.  This is clearly a vampire week.

Title: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Date Added: September 20, 2016

I really can’t believe I didn’t already have this on my TBR list for classics.  I was scrolling through my Goodreads newsfeed, and someone had added The Sign of Fours, which made me check to see if I had Doyle’s famous detective on my reading list.  I thought I had it there and on my Kindle, but I was wrong on both accounts.  Well both wrongs have now been righted.  I purchased the complete works for a paltry $0.99.  I’m not sure what my next classic reading will be, but I’ll be sure to fit Sherlock in at some point.

Side note.  I sincerely doubt I’ll be able to read this without thinking of Benedict Cumberbatch’s beautiful rendition of Sherlock *swoon*

sherlock


Books Added to Goodreads To Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 2

Title: Solid Ground
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Date Purchased: September 16, 2016

I actually read this prior to its release (I was a beta reader), but hadn’t purchased it yet, which I did today.  It’s a quick read at only 26 pages about best friends in love and the distant between stars that could divide them.

Title: Crane
Series Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Date Purchased: September 16, 2016

As fore mentioned it was free on Kindle so I guess I didn’t purchase it per se, but it is now in my possession.


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 9/14/16          The State of the Reader: 9/28/16–.

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