Giveaway: A Back to School Giveaway Winners!

My Back to School Giveaway is over, mercifully allowing me to cull the literary herd a bit.

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno goes to Chris, and Shadow of the Swords goes to Kristen M.! Both winners have been contacted by e-mail.

This does, however, leave me with a copy of The Burning City. I suppose I’ll donate it to my local library, as we do have Racing the Dark, but if anyone’s interested, drop me a line and I’ll pass it on.

The Sunday Salon: Empathy

Recently, my mother found a Books-a-Million gift card lying around the house, and handed it off to me. There were ten dollars left on it, or, in reader terms, one mass-market paperback. I started picking through the sci-fi/fantasy section. I must have looked lost, as a very nice employee came to my aid with plenty of recommendations. (I ended up buying The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.) During our conversation, I asked him where to start with Mercedes Lackey. He suggested The Shadow of the Lion over Magic’s Pawn, where he started. I asked him why, and he said to me, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial level, that the main character was gay.

I really didn’t have to the heart to tell him that not only was he talking to a queer girl, but an ace one at that. (It’s just so awkward when this happens.) As I regaled my mother with the story, she suggested that perhaps it was difficult for him, a straight male, to identify with a gay male. I think that’s no excuse, but it did get me to thinking about how I identify and empathize with characters.

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Review: The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson

When Fyrefly and Alayne reviewed The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno, they weren’t impressed–Fyrefly didn’t like Bartholomew himself, and Alayne just found it dull. Alayne was sweet enough to send me her advanced review copy of The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno when I asked; once a book is on my reading list, there is no escape from it. (Unless it personally offends me.) Because of its lackluster reviews from those reviews I trust, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it, but I wanted it out of the way before I dug into A Game of Thrones.

I was pleasantly surprised. (Although I think I was better served by the fact that I’ve never read Geek Love or Water for Elephants, which it has been compared to.)

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Teaser Tuesday: The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

If she was a new act, I hoped she’d be extraordinary. Too many of Barnum’s recent discoveries had been less than stellar, and I’d begun to worry that he’d forgotten the difference between new and unique.

pg. 10 of The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson.

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