First Line Fridays #9

How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. The main problem is Artemis’s own intelligence. He bamboozles every test thrown at him. He has puzzled the greatest medical minds and sent many of them gibbering to their own hospitals. There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking. Perhaps the best way to create an accurate picture of Artemis is to tell the by now famous account of his first villainous venture. I have put together this report from first-hand interviews with the victims, and as the tale unfolds you will realize that this was not easy. The story began several years ago, at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family’s fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war. He was twelve years old at the time …

Published: 2001

Publisher: Currently Disney Hyperion

Pages: 280

Genera: Middle Grade Fantasy

Series: First of at least 8, all currently out

 

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First Line Fridays #8

“Let’s go fight the girls!”

Inda Algara-Vayir’s shout signalled the end of morning chores.  Broom handles clattered against the stable walls and buckets thumped down as the boys of Castle Tenthen whooped with joy.  Dawn had brought the first clear day of a late spring.  After winter’s bleakness, the sunlight shafting from the still-low northern sun cheered the castle’s people going about their work.

For the young, it meant the first war game  of the year.

Published: August 2006

Publisher: DAW

Pages: 576

Genera: Adult Fantasy

Series: First of 4, all of them out. 

 

First Line Fridays #7

“That is my decision.  We need not discuss it.” said the man at the desk.  He was already looking at a book.  His to children left the room, closing the door behind them. 

“He doesn’t want us around,” the boy muttered.  “He doesn’t care what we want.”

“We know that,” was the girl’s answer.  “He doesn’t care about anything, except his books and scrolls.”

The boy hit the wall.  “I don’t want to be a knight! I want to be a great sorcerer! I want to slay demons and walk with the gods -“

“Do you think I want to be a lady?” his sister asked.  ” ‘Walk slowly, Alanna,’ ” she said primly.  ” ‘Sit still, Alanna. Shoulders back, Alanna.’ As if that’s all I can do with myself!”  She paced the floor.  “There has to be another way.”

Published: 1983

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (also Scholastic, Simon Pulse and Random House)

Pages: 260 (most recent edition)

Genera: YA fantasy

Series: First of 4, all are out

 

First Line Fridays #6

“You’re a new one.”

The ‘new one’ – a boy of fifteen – paused inside the courtyard, mentally translating the words. 

“Yes, I am,” Vidanric Reselaeus said carefully in the language he’d been studying so hard since winter. 

The Remalnan boy and the Marloven men regarded on another. […]

To the Marloven the newcomer was obviously a foreigner.  […] You heard about people wearing lace, but this was the first time he’d actually seen it. 

Published: August 2008

Publisher: YA Angst

Pages: 480

Genera: YA Fantasy

Series: Prequel that should be read after Crown Duel

I’m due for a re-read of this one. 

 

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Expected Publication Date: February 6th 2018

Publisher: Random House Books

Pages: 480 (NOT ENOUGH)

Genera: YA Fantasy 

First of 3 

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

 

Big Book Recommendations

The topic of this post was kindly provided by Trina and her Monthly Recommendations group on Goodreads.

This is pretty self-explanatory, so onto the recommendations!

1. The Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – big book, quick read

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – so, so good!

3. Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain – kind of a cheat here since most versions of the first book are just under 500 pages, but the hardcover is 504!  And the series grows as it goes on with the newest one being something like 800 pages.

4. The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce – can’t have a list without her on it!

5. The Farsala Triology by Hilari Bell – haven’t read in a while but loved it at the time

6. The Naming by Alison Croggan – again, haven’t read in a while and sits just under 500 pages, but I thought it was very good when I read it years ago.

Top 4 books of 2016

topI got to my target of 50 books, in fact reading 51 ‘books’.  Of these a large number, perhaps about a third, of them were re-reads which I exclude from this list.  So if you noticed that I read Harry Potter this year but don’t see it on this list, that is why!  Also this list was going to be 5 books, but I didn’t quite get the last book I thought I would end up on this list with enough time to actually read it before the end of the new year!  But it’ll grace next year’s list for sure!

So here are my top 4 books of 2016:

4) Epic by Conor Costick

3) The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

2) Night Study by Maria V Snyder

1) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

Honourable mentions: I loved most of the Maria V Snyder books I read this year, with a glaring exception, but only picked my most favourite for this book.