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Summer Reading List

School is almost over. You have ideas of going to camps and etc, but something’s missing. What are you going to read? Here’s my recommendations:

1. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R Tolkien
2. The Iron Tower Trilogy by Dennis L. McKiernan
3. Black by Ted Dekker
4. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
5. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
6. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
7. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
8. The Word & Void Trilogy by Terry Brooks
9. Airborne by Kenneth Oppel
10. Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman
11. Showdown by Ted Dekker
12. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
13. The Bloody Crown of Conan by Robert E. Howard
14. Jirel of Joiry by C.L Moore
15. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery
16. Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek
17. Fulcrum Shift by Will Kalif
18. Legend by David Gemmell
19. The Iliad by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
20. Beowulf translation by Seamus Heaney
21. In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen Lawhead
22. Mossflower by Brian Jacques
23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
24. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
25. Dracula by Bram Stoker
26. Canticle by R.A. Salvatore
27. The Demon Awakens by R.A. Salvatore
28. Dune by Frank Herbert

Storm Front by Jim Butcher– SPOILER WARNING

Do you like hard boiled detective novels? Do you like heroic fantasy? This may be a good yarn for you!
Harry Dresden is a professional wizard for hire, and also is an informant for the Chicago P.D on murders that have to do with magic, but nothing can prepare him for what’s to come.
The murder in this book was brutal- too brutal for someone with normal magic to be capable of doing. It could only have been the work of a dark sorcerer. Meanwhile, the White Council (a council for wizards) thinks that Harry is the one who murdered the victim. Harry doesn’t use dark magic, and if he doesn’t prove his innocence soon, he will be executed by his peers.
This book never relents in action, and has many twists you’d never seen coming….

Question….

What is your favorite Fantasy novel?

Nothing new under the sun……..

When I last drove my wheelchair into Borders at the Boise Mall, I immediately went to the Sci-fi & Fantasy aisle. I quickly scanned my eyes across the titles. I picked up a few, flipped through them, and read the backs. There was one thing I noticed. 50% of them reminded me of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. They just weren’t original enough.
They were clones!!!
Well, not complete clones (no magic rings and no hobbits) but nonetheless I could find characters that were the same but having a different guise. I thought they were complete mimicries until I read an article by author Orson Scott Card (author of the sci-fi cult classic Ender’s Game) on his website. This is part of his opinion he wrote in the article:
“If the only science fiction novel you have read is Starship Troopers and then you read Ender’s Game, you’re going to go ape over the fact that there are insectoid aliens, etc. Card is a thief! But then when you realize (1) Card has never read Starship Troopers and (2) there was a long history of sci-fi stories about combat with insectoid aliens that both Heinlein and Card borrowed from, you relax a little. We weren’t being “derivative,” we were “working within a tradition.”
I was (and still am) convinced that Card was right. Why? Here’s an example. Christopher Paolini, author of the bestselling Eragon series was accused by many critics for mimicking Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Anne McCaffery’s Dragon Riders of Pern series. I read Eragon for the first time in 5th grade. Did I like it? Heck, yes! Why? It combined those three elements of the series I listed, and some new ideas.
It may have had an old mentor, an evil “dark lord”, and a chosen one, but it also has themes of communism, and rebellion against dictatorships. Also the dwarves aren’t grumpy as usual, no goblins, and the elves are vegetarians. Even in the third book it has themes of religion!
So if you write, I wouldn’t be nervous about using old archetypes in certain fiction genres. But, add your own ideas also to avoid plagiarism. But here’s another word of wisdom from Card:
“Still, when you work within a genre utterly dominated – arguably created – by one towering writer, you’re going to run the risk of being called “derivative.”
So even if your writing is called “derivative”, remember that you are “working within a tradition.
Citations:
On Plagiarism, Borrowing, Resemblance, and Influence
By Orson Scott Card
http://www.hatrack.com/cgi-bin/print_friendly.cgi?page=/writingclass/lessons/1999-12-20.shtml

Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman — SPOILER WARNING

This book is the fourth book in “The Dragon Lance Chronicles” series. This book is about a mystical race called the Irda. The Irda are afraid of an invasion by the dark paladins called The Knights of Takhisis who have taken over many areas of the world they live in called Krynn. To defend themselves they find something called the Graygem to save themselves from evil. When trying to unlock the gem’s power, it releases Chaos, the Father of the Gods, out from his prison.
Chaos wants revenge on his children, and creates an army of terror. To stop Chaos, it will take everyone, good and evil, to win against Chaos. Will the people of Krynn set aside there differences, or let the world be destroyed?
Note: I would read Dragons of Autumn Twilight first, Dragons of Winter Night second, and Dragons of Spring Dawning third.

Dungeons & Dorks

The webcomics on this site are pretty funny. Heres the link: