TTT: New-To-Me Authors of 2017

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Happy New Year! Last year I experimented a lot on different authors, especially because of the amount of audiobooks I borrowed and listened to. I also didn’t stray too far from my favorites, and ended up reading a fair share of familiar authors as well. What I did like is that regardless of what I’d read earlier on in the year, a number of authors wrote their stories so lovely that I wanted more. Here are just a lovely few!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes) – Admittedly, I was very dry on high fantasies in 2017, which is sad, because some really epic stories are going on in the high fantasy/epic fantasy genre that I really need to pick up more on that front. I may have yelled at Sabaa a bit in my mind (and maybe once or twice on Twitter…), but AEitA was SO GOOD.

Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season) – Not sure why I enjoyed her debut book so much, because strip the worldbuilding away and it’s almost a typical YA story. That said, clairvoyant magic system. Yaaaaspls.

Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale) – Arden has certainly built up my kind of historical fairy-tale setting! Arden’s TBatN and its sequel The Girl in the Tower remind me of something Juliet Marillier would write about if Marillier wrote about Russian fairy tales. All the same, I love both authors now, so yay!

Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) – Telgemeier is my new Satrapi, except I actually related more to Sisters, which is, as its moniker would have it, a story that is exactly about sisters. I’m pretty keen on reading the rest of Telgemeier’s graphic novel series, because she really did make me laugh.

Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking) – HERE COMES THE GENERAL (RISE UP!). Been meaning to read through her work, and her passing early in 2017 propelled me into getting a copy of at least one of her biographies. Loved the voice, loved her humor.

Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) – I was mostly on the fence for some of the volumes of this series, but I will admit that the writing is absolute crack and altogether ingenious. Loved the illustration as well in his TW+TD series, but when it came down to writing in so many different voices, Gillen has many beat.

Vikas Swarup (Q&A) – Loved the perspective in this book. I read this as an audiobook, so it was easier to imagine the setting (though to be honest, imagining the setting wasn’t hard when most of your head was ingrained in Slumdog Millionaire…). I really liked the story, though.

Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) – All the Light We Cannot See is Doerr’s highest-rated book on Goodreads, but I might have to try his other books. That said, I had a love-hate relationship with his ending in AtLWCS, so if his other books end in a similar manner, I might just nope out of it. He writes beautifully, in any case.

Vic James (Gilded Cage) – This was one of the NetGalley ARCs that I thoroughly enjoyed reading in 2017. I will definitely be interested in reading more from this author, and I really should get myself a copy of the second book somehow!

Margaret C. Sullivan (The Jane Austen Handbook) – Enjoyed this book! I also realized I actually did read another book of hers, so she’s technically not new to me, but we won’t really count the other Jane Austen book, since it was mainly one about covers! So there.

How about you? Which authors would you like to read more of that you read in 2017?

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TTT: Meeting Authors

The perks to living near and working in New York City is that it’s not very difficult to make your way to an author signing. For the most part, Books of Wonder does a fabulous job hosting authors I’ve always wanted to meet, and often I do head on over there to grab a book I’m interested in and get them signed. Not to mention the fact that if singular book signings are missed, there’s also NYC Comic Con, which hosts several publishing houses that tend to encapsulate numerous authors in a given day. And then, wonder of wonders, BookCon and BookExpo are back this year in New York! So yeah, lots of authors to meet, little time to do so!

I’ve been lucky, and I’ve met many authors I had been dying to meet. That said, there are still many other authors on my bucket list of authors, and it’s difficult enough to narrow them down, since I love meeting and seeing authors in a panel. That said, here’s my current top ten of authors I’d love to meet:

Top Ten Authors I Would Love To Meet

Laini Taylor (BlackbringerDaughter of Smoke and BoneLips Touch: Three Times)

Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series, Alpha and Omega series)

Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere, StardustSandman series, American Gods)

Kristin Cashore (GracelingFireBitterblue)

Juliet Marillier (Wildwood DancingCybele’s SecretDaughter of the Forest)

Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness quartetImmortals series, just about everything from Tortall)

Robin McKinley (Hero and the Crown, Deerskin, Beauty, The Blue Sword)

Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles series)

Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn trilogy, Stormlight ArchiveSteelheart)

Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate series)

How about you? Are there authors you’d LOVE to meet but haven’t yet?

Of Book Hauls and Signings

I shall keep this post sweet and short, because honestly all I want to do this morning is play Final Fantasy XV and read A Conjuring of Light (but let’s face it, I’m probably doing neither because I have lesson plans to write and papers to grade *sobs*).

Last week and the week before I was lucky enough to attend two book signings at my favorite book shop! Of course, this meant a breakage in the bank, but OMG my haul is pretty lovely. And the authors were fantabulous.

From the Tor side of things…

So um. A Conjuring of Light came out late February, and obviously the first thing I was thinking was: “WHEN IS SCHWAB COMING TO TOWN AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK.” The lines for Schwab were absolutely ridiculous that I was getting paranoid about making it on time. Thankfully, I managed to dash out of work without having to inflict any physical injury on other persons on my way there, hah.

Seriously, you guys, I’m 300 pages into ACOL and LOVING IT. I mean…I totally cried at least once already. Maybe twice. And I totally squeed several times already. And yelled at characters to get a room (an advice they seemed to have heeded occasionally *COUGHSQUEECOUGH*) because my god that tension. And and and…oh god, okay, I’ll review this at some point.

Also! I had been oggling Truthwitch for ages, and borrowed a library copy to read prior to Dennard showing up at Books of Wonder. Unfortunately, the reading didn’t happen on time, but I decided I wanted a copy of at least the first book anyway, because hell, I’ve bought books in the past that I don’t plan on reading at all, and honestly, I feel like I’d actually like Truthwitch. Susan Dennard should totally be my friend. Not only is she a Dragon Age fan, but like Schwab, she’s also an Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. She’s ALSO a Zutara fan. (YES SOMEONE I KNOW IN PERSON IS A ZUTARA FAN, I MEAN, WHAT.)

Not pictured, but I also got a signed copy of Goldenhand by Garth Nix, because I mean, let’s complete that signed Abhorsen hardcover collection I have sitting prettily on my shelf. No, really, though, I do want to read this next book. Eventually.

God, I just love authors.

From the Penguin side of things…

Let’s be honest here, I was totally hoping Flame in the Mist galleys would be thrown at the audience during this tour, but hell, there was a stellar set of ladies kicking off their tours, and I’ve been meaning to get Rebel of the Sands for the longest time. Alwyn Hamilton’s sequel also came out, but I opted to get just the first book for now. Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant also caught my eye because um, hello, princess-turned-gladiator? Yaaaaaas. Livingston herself was such a dork, I loved her.

AND I AM A LITTLE JEALOUS of the girl who actually DID get an ARC of Flame in the Mist from Renee Ahdieh. But omgah, Ahdieh was awesome enough to let me take some swag and a signed poster! I cannot wait to Food and Fandomize Ahdieh’s next book…though I am still trying to figure out the best opportunity to make myself a full-blown Persian meal…

TTT: New-to-Me Authors 2015

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I realize some of these will completel overlap with my favorite books of 2015, but in my defense, all these authors wrote awesomely and I’m glad I picked their books up when I did.

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

J.D. Robb a.k.a. Nora Roberts (In Death Series) – Haven’t read a Nora Roberts book beforehand, but at the recommendation of a friend, I had to pick her detective romance novels. I loved the first one, and the second was great, too, so I’m definitely on the Nora Roberts wagon.

V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic) – Been meaning to read this author since I’d heard so many good things about A Darker Shade of Magic. The opportunity came a’knockin’ when I got a free audiobook of the novel. I absolutely loved it. I cannot wait for book two of ADSoM.

Peter V. Brett (The Warded Man) – I don’t know why I haven’t picked up The Desert Spear yet (it’s on my shelf, honestly), because I’ve read a short story of Brett’s and I loved The Warded Man. Awesome stuff.

Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) – The Saga comic series has been slaying me all of this month and last month. Vaughn is definitely on my list of writers to read more from.

Rainbow Rowell (Carry On) – I might have squeed enough about this book the past week or so. Needless to say I’m a Rainbow Rowell convert and plan to read more of her stuff when I can.

Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone) – Also a Leigh Bardugo convert. I’m hearing great reviews over Six of Crows, which seems to continue on in the Grisha world. I loved Shadow and Bone already, so there’s that.

Cherie Priest (Boneshaker) – Finally read a Cherie Priest novel! I’m actually interested in a few of her other non-Clockwork Century novels, so depending on what I get my hands on, I might try something else other than the world that made Boneshaker so awesome.

Veronica Roth (Divergent) – I have a love/hate relationship with Veronica Roth and her Divergent trilogy. That’s all.

Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) – The book had me entertained, even when I had completely different expectations of his book. I enjoyed the graphic novel adaptation almost as much, and I will so watch the shmat out of the film if/when it comes out.

Marissa Meyer (Cinder) – I also have a love/hate relationship with Marissa Meyer and her Lunar Chronicles books. Mostly because I’ve still got Scarlet unread and I’m still annoyed at the cliffhanger ending of Cinder. But I’ll stop being salty now and actually read Scarlet…after two more books on my TBR list…

TTT: Author-Screenwriter/Director Duos

Yesterday threw me off, because I had no work, and no work means I get lazy. So this TTT is coming to you a little later than when I usually post them. Ah well. It’s still Tuesday here, and that’s what counts, hah!

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I’ve been watching a lot of animated movies lately (owing to an animated movie project my friend and I have undertaken). Some of which I have really adored because of storylines and animation. Now this is all hypothetical, and I’m pretty sure half of these authors/screenwriters would have to rise out of their graves–or out of retirement–for some of these to ever happen. Wishful thinking. (It would be effing HEAVEN if Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon translated every one of these authors’ stories into screenplay. Like, OMG. Ahem…alright, I’ll stop drooling on an impossible prospect now).

Top Ten Author and Screenwriter/Director Duos

Gail Carson Levine and Hayao Miyazaki – I mean, think about it. Most of Miyazaki’s creations revolve around strong female protagonists, often children. He’s already turned Dianne Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle to a fantastic animated movie, so it would have been great to see him do something else with an author who does a lot of fairy tale retellings. Also, I’m so down for a Miyazaki/Ghibli animation of Ella Enchanted. Just saying.

Terry Pratchett and Satoshi Kon – I’d watched Tokyo Godfathers recently, and I just couldn’t help thinking how wonderfully buoyant an animated film would be if the late Sir Terry and the late Satoshi Kon had ever done a collaboration. Discworld books translated into film, one by such a celebrated Japanese screenwriter would be awesome. Granted, Satoshi Kon is mostly known for his scifi-inspired films, but there’s always something whimsical and fantasy-ish about them (I’m talking about youPaprika!).

Juliet Marillier and Tomm Moore – The visuals of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells were amazing, and Moore is to thank for that. I loved the Irish mythologies running within the story of both movies, and the author who comes to mind who’d probably thrive in this animated collaboration would have to be, hands down, Juliet Marillier. Marillier’s Sevenwaters series would certainly be an awesome thing to have animated by Moore, and I’d so drop a couple of dollars just to watch this in movie theatres!

Marissa Meyer and Tina Fey – Okay. You’re probably wondering why the hell I’d throw these two together, LOL. Tina Fey is my life right now. And I’d kill for her to write something in the sci-fi persuasion (I blame Liz Lemon’s mass obsession with Star Wars!). And oh, look! Marissa Meyer happens to have a YA scifi fairy tale retelling that’s almost going to be done soon. Fey would so kill it. Or, at any rate, there could be a new Mean GirlsIN SPACE.

Sarah J. Maas and Quentin Tarantino – LMAO YES. This duo. Just. This. Sorry, I thought of Celaena Sardothien and for some reason imagine her swinging a sword a la Uma Thurman style. Let’s face it. If Celaena knew who Uma Thurman was, she’d want to dance like her, too. Kill Bill-wise, I mean. Uh. I guess Pulp Fiction-wise, too. Granted, anything written by Tarantino would prolly have to rise to an adult rating, and I’m not sure who Samuel L. Jackson would play.

Laini Taylor and Makoto Shinkai – Laini Taylor weaves beautiful portraits with words. Makoto Shinkai comes up with breathtaking shots for his animations. I think this is a match made in heaven. Daughter of Smoke and Bone would be further enhanced by Shinkai’s overly-detailed sketch of Marrakesh’s markets and freshly fallen snow upon Prague’s red-roofed cities. Hell, Shinkai can make the most mundane events look beautiful, what more with supernatural events, like angels and blue-haired teeth-collecting girls and ravens setting on fire?

Gail Carriger and Wes Anderson – Is it weird I can totally see Carriger’s stuff being turned into a Wes Anderson film? It probably is. But I can so see it happening, just with their humor alone. Also, I’d love to see a steampunk movie by Anderson. It’d be hilarious, and the visuals would be awesome.

Brandon Sanderson and Monty Oum – I am completely in love with RWBY and am glad it’s being continued by Rooster Teeth in light of his passing. Sanderson can probably write his own screenplays, but honestly, I’d have loved to see him collaborate with Monty Oum, especially with those epic Mistborn fight scenes. Just…yes!

Neal Stephenson and Darren Aronofsky – I feel like the Unwind trilogy was so disturbing and so disturbingly good that it needs to be made into a film. By Aronofsky. Because feels. Plus, Aronofsky has not shied away from disturbing and feels. And he’s known a couple of good scenes when he’s seen one. Also, he was inspired by Satoshi Kon (and it’s even said he’d bought rights out of Perfect Blue just to be able to use the bathtub scene for Requiem for a Dream), so that’s good stuff right there.

Scott Westerfeld and the Wachowskis – Okay, I’m a little torn on this one. I’ve only really liked one Wachowski film (well, two, if you include The Animatrix), which was The Matrix. It was full-blown scifi, the visuals were amazing (and still are, if you disregard the ’90s version of a “futuristic mobile” XD), and admittedly I loved the story. With a collaboration between the Wachowskis and Westerfeld, who knows what they’ll come up! More scifi awesomeness probably (and maybe even a little steampunk thrown in!).

So there you have it.