Month: October 2014

Books with (presumed) Asexual Characters

Posted October 31, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 6 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

A few days ago, I compiled a brief list of books that I know feature asexuals or people strongly presumed to be asexual. Subsequent discussion suggested that perhaps it would be nice to have them in a nice and handy blog post list, so. Here it is! ^_^ I hope people will find it useful and please don’t hesitate to mention any books you know of in the comments!

Also, please note that the list below features predominently SFF since, as readers of my blog probably gathered, that’s the bulk of what I read. There is also brief commentary and this list is compiled in no particular order whatsoever beyond that I’ve put my own stories last.

Hope this helps people out!

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Book Talk: Be With Me

Posted October 29, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cover for Be With Me by Becca LusherI’m honestly not entirely sure what to say in the introduction bit, so I’m just going to launch directly into the story description.

Everyone deserves a second chance at love…

Barely even a wife before she became a widow, Briallen feels like she’s lost everything – and now she has to stand by while a group of strangers moves in to the house she once called home. As hard as that it is to face, it’s made even more difficult by a man she feels drawn to, and two children she can’t help but love.

Elisud’s world is changing. Homeless and wandering, with a grieving nephew on his hands, he has no choice but to live on the farm – even when he feels the constant call of the sea. Determined to make things right for his nephew and daughter, he can’t help but notice Briallen and the bruised look in her eyes.

Both battered by grief and woes, can these two wounded people ever see past their own pain and accept the love that’s kindled between them? Or will their own self-doubts hold them back?

Set in the British Iron Age, this romantic novella deals with an age-old tale of loss, grief, healing and love, with a little help from family.

As always, I know Becca and there will be spoilers, of sorts, for this and parts of Unbound and Free which this is a companion novella/short novel for. It’s all below the cut, though!

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What I Like about Books

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

No, this isn’t going to be one of those ebooks versus print books lists. Don’t worry. I like both. I thought it might be a nice and refreshing change to have a list of why I like both in one spot. ^_^

In some ways the ebooks vs print books debate is an interesting one since people feel so strongly about them. There’s such an either/or mentality to the debate. In others, the debate is utterly baffling because, despite the either/or mentality I see in those articles, most of the people I know have an and/and mentality.  They may, for various reasons, have concluded that either side isn’t for them, but the vehemence I see in some of the articles written about the topic? Never seen that before.

So. What I like about print and ebooks.

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The Continued Adventures of Lynn’s Everyday Life

Posted October 22, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

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Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

Which I actually rarely talk about, but there you go. Early on in September, I screwed up the courage to ask my optician about contact lenses. I’m putting the remainder of the whole post below a cut because I know one of my friends has had bad experiences with them. Before I give you the cut, though, I’d like to reminder you all that this is not a post describing what you should or should not do. This is a post discussing what works for me and why it works for me. There are details of the process of putting in and removing contact lenses, so if that squicks you out, skip this post.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 7 & 8)

Posted October 21, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Act, 7 Chiba Mamoru, Tuxedo Mask Sailor Moon Crystal: Act 8, Minako, Sailor V

For those of you following this set of reaction posts along whilst being new to the Sailormoon franchise, I’d like to point out that we’re about halfway through the first arc. Last I checked, it was still planned for 26 episodes. We’re on episode 8 AND WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY. If not more so. The manga has 12/13 acts for this arc depending on how you want to count it. (This also means I can start poking at the spoiler comparisons because the big reveal was had, mind you.)

You… go and let that sink in whilst I put a cut for spoilers right here. ^_^ Just remember there are also MAJOR PLOT TWIST spoilers if you haven’t worked them out yourself yet. I am working on the presumption that the next-episode preview is enough to take anyone’s doubts away about what the twists are in that regard.

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Book Talk: The Storyteller and Her Sisters

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 2 Comments

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Cover for The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl MahoneyA few days ago, I interview Cheryl Mahoney about her second book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters. You can read the interview here. Today, I’m reviewing the book itself. I got the pleasure and honour of betareading it before it was released and I’ve been sitting on this book for so, so long. Now I can finally talk about it and squee at you all about how much I’ve enjoyed it.

The Storyteller and Her Sisters is a companion novel to Cheryl’s The Wanderers released last year. It’s great fun and highly recommend if you like authors playing with fairytale and narrative tropes. The Storyteller and Her Sisters is no exception, although, unlike The Wanderers, it focuses on a single fairytale: The Twelve Dancing Princess or The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces.

Maybe you’ve heard a tale about twelve princesses who danced their shoes to pieces. That was only part of our story.

Talya would tell you how dark and frightening the cursed forest and enchanted lake were. Vira would be too busy looking after us all to tell you many details, while Mina would try to give you every fact and figure (even though magic is rarely so logical). Each of my sisters would tell the story differently.

And Dastan—he’d write a ballad. Or maybe a love song.

As for me, I’m the storyteller, so I’m giving you my version. It’s about my sisters and me, our father, twelve princes and a cursed country—about a series of misguided champions, one even more misguided Fairy Godmother, and a great deal of dancing. It’s about twelve trapped princesses who decided to take control of the story.

I’m Lyra, the ninth princess, and this is how I tell the tale.

Below the cut lie the usual spoilerific comments, especially for The Wanderers, and also disclaimer that I know the author.

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Writing Dyscalculia

Posted October 16, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

I don’t know how old I was when I learned that my dad has dyslexia. It’s one of those things I’ve always kind of known. I’ve also always kind of known that he never got the support he needed to excel at school. For me it’s maths. Like my dad’s situation with dyslexia, when I was in primary and secondary school dyscalculia wasn’t a thing people paid attention to. My mum remains firmly convinced that I woke up one day, said “I don’t like maths” and decided to suck at it for the rest of my life. Because that’s a thing people with invisible disabilities do, you know, they decide that they have a problem. Please note the heavy use of sarcasm in that sentence because we do not, in fact, decide to have a problem and then it magically appears and if only we just decide not to have a problem then it will go away like it’s never been.

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Interview with Cheryl Mahoney

Posted October 14, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 4 Comments

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Last year,  I interviewed Cheryl Mahoney about her debut release, The Wanderers. This year, we’re back with an interview centring on her second book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters! (I had the privilege and pleasure of being one of Cheryl’s betareaders. I’ve been sitting on my squee for so long. SQUEE! Suffice to say that if you enjoy fairytale retellings, I recommend you go out and get this as soon as possible. It’s a fantastic retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.)

Before we get to the interview, here’s a little bit about Cheryl herself:

Cheryl Mahoney is a book blogger at Tales of the Marvelous, and the author of two books based on fairy tales. The Wanderers, published in 2013, follows the journeys of a wandering adventurer, a talking cat and a witch’s daughter. Her new novel, The Storyteller and Her Sisters, was published in October, 2014.

Welcome, Cheryl!

And here’s a bit about The Storyteller and Her Sisters too. Have the product description. ^_^

Maybe you’ve heard a tale about twelve princesses who danced their shoes to pieces. That was only part of our story.

Talya would tell you how dark and frightening the cursed forest and enchanted lake were. Vira would be too busy looking after us all to tell you many details, while Mina would try to give you every fact and figure (even though magic is rarely so logical). Each of my sisters would tell the story differently.

And Dastan—he’d write a ballad. Or maybe a love song.

As for me, I’m the storyteller, so I’m giving you my version. It’s about my sisters and me, our father, twelve princes and a cursed country—about a series of misguided champions, one even more misguided Fairy Godmother, and a great deal of dancing. It’s about twelve trapped princesses who decided to take control of the story.

I’m Lyra, the ninth princess, and this is how I tell the tale.

<3 And now, without further ado, below the cut lies the interview with Cheryl. Enjoy!

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Book Talk: Unbound & Free

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cover for Unbound and Free by Becca LusherA few months back, Becca published Unbound and Free, the second in her Aekhartain stories. Unlike Orion’s Kiss, Unbound and Free is set in historical times. It’s a very different kind of setting and story, but it’s one of the features I’ve always loved most about the Aekhartain stories. It lets me read a large variety of settings.

But that’s drifting a bit. I was one of the betareaders for it, but I didn’t get around to rereading it. I knew Becca was making a few relatively big changes to the story, so I wanted to hold off on the review. I was going to read it in August, but then Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Books shut down and my August plans got side-tracked a little. (I read all the books on my list! It was AWESOME! Except not for my plans of reading Becca’s reworked collection.) I had an extremely crummy reading month in September, so it got shifted into the early days of October.

So what’s the book about? Let me show you what Becca says about it, because I’ll try and sum up two stories and so end up spoiling things for you. That won’t do at all!

Once there was an island,
And that island there lived a boy…

Demairo’s life is far from easy. Living on an isolated island with a father who hates him and a mother he adores, things are difficult enough without the whispering voices that cry on the wind. Because this is no ordinary island.

Luckily Demairo is no ordinary child, and he has some unusual friends to support him. But a storm is coming, and no amount of crows, seals or shining stars can save him – unless he chooses to be saved.

A choice is only the start of the journey.

Set in Roman Britain (456AD), Unbound and Free is a collection of four stories following Demairo across almost thirty years as he finds out where he truly belongs.

Below the cut there shall be rambling. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but as I’m writing this I’m very tired, so I may mess up a little. Also standard disclaimers of “I know the author personally” apply.

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