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Thoughts on Comfort Books

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Folks, over the past several weeks, I have been struggling with a wide variety of things.

To wit…does my writing matter? Does what I’m doing as a person matter? Are my perceptions accurate, and will I be able to turn them into some decent-to-better quality writing in the not-so-distant future?

I don’t know if these questions would’ve hit me quite so profoundly without the ongoing housing crisis, mind. (That remains unresolved, by the way. I probably will be writing about that again…but not today, yes?) But they have…and in a big way.

That said, I have found a lot of comfort reading and re-reading my favorite books and authors. Some of the books I’ve read over the past couple of weeks include Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s Night Calls series, Lois McMaster Bujold’s THE CURSE OF CHALION and PALADIN OF SOULS, Patricia C. Wrede’s CAUGHT IN CRYSTAL and Enchanted Forest chronicles…and, of course, my go-to standby, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s wonderful Liaden Universe (TM), most particularly the stories featuring Daav yos’Phelium and Aelliana Caylon.

What reading these stories tends to do for me is twofold. One, it takes me away from my immediate problems and reminds me that others, too, have faced adversity (even if fantastical and unusual — then again, I like that sort of thing, as you might’ve guessed). And two, these stories are life-affirming, they often make me laugh, and they always make me feel better after I’ve read them.

In short, these comfort books remind me of why I started writing, oh, yea many moons ago…I wanted to tell stories like that, that made people laugh, and maybe gave them an hour’s ease from life’s burdens…and if I did my job superbly well, maybe someone would find my stories life-affirming, too.

I can’t be certain I’ve done that as of yet. But I’d like to think that in the not-so-distant future, I may well yet attain just that…ah, well.

Anyway, what are your favorite comfort books, and why? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section.


Edited to add: Mind, there are so many great storytellers out there, and I’m only naming a fraction of the people I’ve read over the past few weeks that I’ve enjoyed…so if your name isn’t on this list (yet), please don’t despair. (No need for that.)

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June 1, 2016 at 3:51 am

Just Reviewed Sharon Lee’s “Carousel Tides” at SBR

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Folks, if you’re looking for a really good urban fantasy novel to read, look no further than Sharon Lee’s CAROUSEL TIDES.  This is an excellent read that does a number of things, all extremely well — it’s a coming of age story for its heroine, Kate.  It’s a story of female empowerment, again for Kate.  It’s a great quest story (where has Kate’s grandmother gone, and what’s happened to her?).  And it has a very nice, yet understated romance between Kate and the enigmatic, sea-going Borgan.

Oh, yes — there’s a really nasty evil guy to root against, too, a guy named Ramendysis.  This is a guy who’s into destroying as many other people with magical ability as he can, partly because he believes might makes right and partly because he’s just a terrible person.  So the “big bad” is hiss-worthy, too — as if you needed any more reason to read this novel.

I said much more about CAROUSEL TIDES in my review over at Shiny Book Review (SBR).  So please, read my review, then go grab the book!  (You’ll be very happy you did, especially if you love urban fantasy.)

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October 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Just reviewed Lee and Miller’s “Ghost Ship” at SBR

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Folks, if you want an interesting, mind-blowing adventure that capably continues the journey of pilot Theo Waitley, half-Liaden through her father’s side and related to the current Delm of Korval (an extremely powerful personage), seek no further.

Hie thee hence to my latest review of the inestimable Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe (TM) epics, GHOST SHIP, at Shiny Book Review.  Go here, if you’re like the folks of Clan Korval and believe “I Dare” to be your calling card (as well you should):

Because if you haven’t read any of Lee and Miller’s novels yet, what’s stopping you?


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January 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm