Audiobook Review: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore

Originally posted on The BiblioSanctum:

legend of drizzt dungeons and dragonsThe Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore

Genre: Fantasy, Gaming

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (February 2011)


Wendy’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I call myself a geek, and yet, up until last year, I had not watched any Doctor Who. Similarly, I play roleplaying video games, but I have never played Dungeons and Dragons and know very little about the vast lore behind it. Thanks to this book, I have since remedied both of these problems and can now truly fly my geek flag high.

The Legend of Drizzt is a collection of Salvatore’s early works, read by a star-studded cast. It is introduced by Salvatore himself, who recognizes the flaws of his earlier writing, but none the less presents these stories proudly as part of the continuing process required of a writer. For this intro alone, I give the book…

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21 Favorite Young Adult Books

Originally posted on A Cup of English Tea:

This is a continuation of the series I’d posted earlier talking about my favorite children’s books. Again, I’ll reiterate some of these books I haven’t read in a long time, but my impressions of them have stuck around, hence why they’re on the list. Hopefully in a bit I’ll have my favorite adult books out too. Also, some obviously are torn between the children’s genre too, it just depends on classification (same with my children’s post). Regardless, here are a few books I liked in the young adult genre in no particular order.

Inkheart  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke- I definitely read these as a kid, but they are perhaps a bit dark for the kids genre. I loved the plot, especially as a writer imagining the possibility of characters coming to life. Great characters, funky magic, and wonderful literary references.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater-  More…

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A Review of Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

Originally posted on Bill's Book Reviews:


by Jonathan Kellerman

Exciting, well paced, and hard to put down. Mr. Kellerman has another winner with Killer. It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I was so happy to read a book that I really wanted to read, not just another somewhat adequate attempt by some wannabe author.

All of the primary characters in this book are fleshed out and believable. The action keeps you turning the pages, but the ideas and psychological tension behind the story is what makes the book so riveting. You get little clues, but you aren’t really sure that what you thought happened really did. Was that wonky feeling real, or are you being paranoid? Those sort of feelings are what set this book apart, and keep you interested.

Killer is another book in the long-lasting Alex Delaware series. Like most of the books in this series, it is part of the series, but it…

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Guest Post – Charles Yallowitz Author of Legends of Windemere

Originally posted on Fiction Favorites:

I am so pleased to have Charles Yallowitz join Fiction Favorites for a guest appearance. I lured him here with a question about character. Charles the floor is yours.

Thank you to John W. Howell for asking me this question that may cause me to take back the first two words of this sentence.  How does an author retaining the core of a character in a long series while still evolving them?  Definitely a brain scrambler if one isn’t ready for it and the answer can change depending on how one seems individual growth. I mean, do we retain a central identity throughout our lives while altering pieces of it or do we change entirely as we gain experiences?  Thankfully, John isn’t paying me to answer that question, so I get to stay within the realm of fiction.

First a little background to show you the scale that I’m working…

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My Top Ten List of Classic Novels That EVERYONE Should Read in a Liftetime

Originally posted on Sarah Elsley:

10. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, 1937.

Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them, looked over to George to see whether he had it just right. He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George’s hat was.

I first read this book during my GCSE years at school. It depicts the friendship between two best friends, George and Lennie who manage to find a job working on a ranch in order to save money for their future plans; they want to own a farm. Things slowly begin to get out of hand as Lennie is a man of limited mental ability, and things do not go to plan. The book has been banned from various US schools and libraries for its “vulgar” and “offensive language” (taken from Banned and/or Challenged Books, 2007). In…

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MC Frisbee Rockstar (4th #HankSaga Story) By @Deeliopunk #ClassicHankSaga Fridays!


MC Frisbee RockStar – By: D.e.e.L

A story about the bond between a man and his Frisbee


“Hey Mike how was your weekend?”

“Oh, you know, I did some stuff with my music and played disc golf.”

“Yea…so um, is that really what you did?”

“Yea, why?”

“I just feel like your weekend was a bit more exciting and you’re leaving out the details.”

“What do you think I did over the weekend?”


“Well…Friday night you had to work because someone needed their shift covered and you said you would cover a shift for them if such a circumstance was to arise and cause the need for such a circumstance to take place. Once home that night you began to pack your bags for the big day that was going to happen in the morning. You filled a backpack up with mass amounts of Frisbees as well as your drums and a guitar, the bag was difficult to zip up, but you managed to make it happen with pure determination and the help of your wife.

Once arriving at the place of your arrival you unpacked your bags and put on your eye shadow and wristbands used to soak up all the sweat you will have pouring from your poor pours whom I feel bad for because it was most likely all salty and quite unpleasant for them to be soaking in.

You arrive at the arena and the stage is set, the crowd arrives at five and you are there by twelve for some reason. By yourself you begin to practice your routine without anyone around because you are the only one there. You notice your shoe is untied and by the time you figure out how to tie it again its five after five and you are rushed onto stage. The crowd roars as you are in front of a mass mob of lions awaiting your Saturday night routine at the Zoo Arena.

Placed about the arena are hoops and buckets in which you skillfully throw your discs into and hear the roar of the crowd as each one drops into its target and shoots fireworks out into the crowd of lions, which was a poor decision on part of the pyrotechnic guys because the lions became very outraged at this. One of them stood up and removed its head, only to reveal that it wasn’t a lion at all!

Before you standing before him as he was looking at you, you saw Hank. His nose was broken from when I heroically as well as handsomely threw a massive rock into his face and launched him all the way across a bunch of miles where he crashed through a costume shop and landed into the lion’s den.

Hank stepped up on stage and challenged you to a disc-off, which then caused you to run around in circles at least thirty-seven times before you responded by saying the opposite of the word “No”, which many know to be “Yes”, but you thought it was “On”. You both pulled discs from the ammunition belts strapped across Eddy’s Chest.

The fireworks began shooting off into the sky as well as the roaring crowd as each of you effortlessly made baskets, or hoops, or holes, or whatever it’s called when people throw disc’s at things from a far distance and call it a sport. The scoreboard began shooting up and smoking as the numbers were flying upwards on Hank’s side, it was a close match as Hank was nearing the one-hundred mark and you were closing in on twelve.

Just before Hank’s score reached the winning number all of the lion’s got really annoyed with the fireworks and leapt onto stage. You tried fighting them off as Hank was busy not dealing with them as he had left for the bathroom a few seconds prior.

The lions were going mad and you knew what had to be done, so you picked up the microphone that was sitting on the ledge and you began to belt out the most horribly amazing song ever sung into that microphone in the past few days. Once hearing the song the lion’s joined hands and started to dance around you, the fireworks shooting off on all sides of the arena as you were throwing discs while simultaneously flowing from your mouth the most poetic tone of voice ever sung in the past few days into that microphone that you had found sitting on the ledge.

Hank returned from using the bathroom to see you winning the hearts of the lions and became outraged! So he left. Oh, and Maria was there too, but she didn’t say anything, just sat in the back of the arena eating pasta that wasn’t Gluten-Free.

The show finished

You got the numbers of all the cute lionesses

You never called any of them

Hank technically won.



By Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) Feb,20, 2015

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