October 2018 Archives

Steelheart

Steelheart.jpgSteelheart (Delacorte Press, 2013) by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Reckoners trilogy. In this world there are people with superpowers, but they aren't superheroes, instead they are evil. Ordinary people call them Epics.

David saw the evil firsthand when he was a child. The all powerful Steelheart came to take over the city and bring all other Epics under his control. In the process Steelheart heartlessly kills David's father right in front of him. David will never forget.

Now a teen, David has been studying Epics and a hidden group of people called the Reckoners who are fighting back. David wants to join them and help take out Steelheart.

The second book is Firefight and the last one Calamity.Firefight.jpg There's also a novelella set between books one and two called Mitosis. Calamity.jpg I'll need to check them out, too.

Read about the author here and all of his other books here.

I recommended his book The Rithmatist here.

Steelheart

Steelheart.jpgSteelheart (Delacorte Press, 2013) by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Reckoners trilogy. In this world there are people with superpowers, but they aren't superheroes, instead they are evil. Ordinary people call them Epics.

David saw the evil firsthand when he was a child. The all powerful Steelheart came to take over the city and bring all other Epics under his control. In the process Steelheart heartlessly kills David's father right in front of him. David will never forget.

Now a teen, David has been studying Epics and a hidden group of people called the Reckoners who are fighting back. David wants to join them and help take out Steelheart.

The second book is Firefight and the last one Calamity.Firefight.jpg There's also a novelella set between books one and two called Mitosis. Calamity.jpg I'll need to check them out, too.

Read about the author here and all of his other books here.

I recommended his book The Rithmatist here.

One of the hardest things

One of the hardest things a writer learns to do is actually to read their own work. From first draft to proofing, we tend to see what we intend to write, rather than what appears on the page.
W.N. Herbert

Grace and Fury

graceandfury.pngGrace and Fury (Little, Brown and Company, 2018) by Tracy Banghart is a tale of two sisters who got the opposite of what they expected. And each have to survive the world she's suddenly been thrust into.

Serina, due to her beauty, has been trained all her life to be a Grace--a companion to the Heir. If she's successful in winning his favor, it will benefit her whole family.

Nomi has done the work around the family and is rebellious. She doesn't think young women should become Graces. But to support her sister, she goes with her to the Superior's city.

In a twist of fate, handmaiden Nomi is selected by the Heir and Serina is the one presumed guilty of Nomi's secret.

This is the first book in a duology. The sequel comes out in summer of 2019. See the cool cover to the right and below!queenofruin.jpg

Be sure to read the author's bio--very interesting!

The starting place for any

The starting place for any powerful story must be the author himself. If a story doesn't resonate first and foremost with you, why believe it will ever be able to touch a reader?
K.M. Weiland

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Perfect Picture Book Friday

quickestkid.jpgThe Quickest Kid in Clarksville (Chronicle Books, 2016) by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison is such a fun book.

Alta is pretending she's the fastest woman in the world. Although she knows "Wilma Rudolph--who grew up right in this town--is faster than anyone." Then a girl she's "never seen before comes sashaying my way like she owns the sidewalk." Worse yet this new girl has brand new shoes to strut in. Shoes like Wilma's. And her daddy "went uptown to get 'em." Alta doesn't have a "she-buying daddy." The girls commence to race and . . .

You'll have to see what happens yourself. It's a very satisfying ending.

I love the illustrations and I love the author's note at the end that tells readers about sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who survived polio, yet in 1960 became the first U.S. woman to win three gold medals at the same Olympics.

Read about the author here. And read about the illustrator here.

If you really want to

If you really want to write, then shut yourself in a room, close the door, and WRITE. If you don't want to write, do something else. It's as simple as that.
Mary Garden