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Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Day 1 Thingies

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Hello and welcome back to the Cellar Boy Read-a-thon Television Show – imagine me standing in front of a board in a blazer with a bowtie, pointing to different pictures and paragraphs while talking in a contrived 1920s radio broadcaster voice. I’ve been asked to take some photographs, which I did, using my fancy pictographmaphone, and this is what I present to you. A warning: my bedroom was recently the site of a hurricane, and I’m only just cleaning things up. Or maybe I’m just messy. But maybe there really was a hurricane.

1. My bookshelf

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As you can see, an assortment of fantasy/sci-fi/anime/steampunky literature. I have another smaller bookshelf, but this is the “serious” one, where all my favorite series are stored. You’ll notice I’ve got most of the Fullmetal Alchemist books (I think I’m missing the very last, and one in between); I have the super fancy special editions of Kenneth Oppel’s “Matt Cruse” series (which I won in a contest! Take that, eleven-year-olds!). Down below my blanket tent where I curl up on cold winter nights is my record player; currently spinning, “Policy” by Will Butler.

3. Where you will be reading this week (I don’t have a TBR pile, sorry! Just one book to be read, which sits sadly on its own on my dresser.)

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This is my bed which is obviously well-made and everything. Practically Buckingham Palace. I have a Doctor Who Van Gogh-exploding-TARDIS poster, next to my Bioshock Infinite one I got at a Comiccon. I’ve had that comforter for ten years or more – it’s Harry Potter, and I won’t let anyone get rid of it. You’ll perhaps notice the corners of the books I’m currently reading on my pillow there.

4. My blogging space

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Here you can really see where the hurricane came through; looks like it left a pop can and a tupperware thing behind, as well as a toilet paper roll. Huh. Only now do I realize that there’s a weird amount of pink surrounding me – what with the dustbin and the peach-colored walls. So, I spend an incredible amount of time sitting on that chair, and I’m sitting there right now, too. I blog, I write stories, I watch lame Youtube videos, and so on, and so on. It’s a living, I suppose.

5. My favorite fantasy book

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It was a close call between “Pawn of Prophecy”, “The Knife of Never Letting Go”, and this, but Kenneth Oppel’s terrifyingly great retelling of Frankenstein won out by a nose in the end. Whether “This Dark Endeavour” is fantasy, dark fiction, adventure, or gothic horror, I’m not sure – I think it could qualify as all of the above. The reason I gave the title of my favorite fantasy book to this one is that I’ve just never had so much fun reading a book before I read this one. I finished it in a whirlwind of several hours on Christmas Day a few years ago, never moving once until I’d gobbled up all of its pages. It left me shivering with the powerful nirvana that comes with reading something that matches up perfectly to your taste, and that you can enjoy with complete thoroughness. I feel like I’ve outgrown it a bit since then, but I’m sure I’ll come back to it again.

6. A book in my bookshelf that includes: aliens, magic, dragons, mythology or is steampunk

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The books you can see here, from left to right: “Such Wicked Intent” by Kenneth Oppel, which is dark fiction and pretty magicky (you could also make a steampunk argument); “The Last Man On Earth”, an anthology of sci-fi short fiction which includes some pretty great stuff; “Airborn”, “Skybreaker”, and “Starclimber”, all by Kenneth Oppel, which are steampunk to the core, complete with blimps and goggles and other weird flying machines; and lastly, you can sort of see Christopher Paolini’s “Eldest”, the sequel to “Eragon”, which I tried valiantly to finish but couldn’t – that one is, of course, full of dragons.

7. Sorry, I already have an order going, and I’m too Asperger’s to mess it up. 😛

8. My reading material for this week

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I plan to read Janet Mock’s autobiography this week.

That’s all for today – there are more prompts, but I want to get this one out before midnight if possible (it’s only eleven now, but I don’t want to push it.) Thanks for taking a look, again! Good luck to everybody else. I will go and take a look at other blog posts right away (I’ve been neglecting my duties.)

~ Brynn

 

 

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Cellarboy Presents: Fantasy Favorites Read-a-thon Introduction

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Hey blog readers and wanderers of the internet – been a long time since I’ve acknowledged the existence of my blog, hasn’t it? I really apologise for the long hiatus. However, here I am now coming back in style – I thought I’d participate in this read-a-thon thing because I was invited and what the hell. I read books, I like books. After this at some point I’ll probably throw the usual kind of post at you – you know, the kind where I soliloquize for a long time about my various problems and occasionally make fun of myself. I’m just itching to make fun of myself for being in a fantasy favourites read-a-thon, but I don’t want to offend the people who invited me, because they seem pretty cool.

Okay, so they gave me prompts. Sit still while I throw them in your general direction.

1. Introducing myself

Dressed in polar bear fur and wearing snowshoes I wander the icy wastes of Canada waiting for spring to appear, even as we creep ever closer to April and the weather remains frigid and horrible. I have miraculously made it through seventeen years in this cold and merciless land – with the help of novels I cling to the notion that there are warmer places than here. I’m a boy but not the manliest you’ll ever meet, though my thin, barely-existent sideburns help me prove it to the non-believers; I speak French with hesitant fluency and write a lot of stories.

2. Why did you choose to join the read-a-thon?

I figured it would be fun; a light-hearted sort of thing to get my head out of the gloom of winter and into the hopeful brightness of the spring.

3. What books do you intend to read? What’s your reading goal and how many pages do you actually think you can manage?

I read exactly one book for the read-a-thon – “Un Lun Dun” by China Mieville.

4. What is your current favourite fantasy read?

“The Belgariad” and “The Mallorean” by David Eddings are still probably my favorite high fantasy series. They’re ten books, split into five for each series and following the same set of characters; the dry humor and endlessly sarcastic characters, as well as the clear intelligence of the author, are what sets it apart from other series that I’ve read. No it’s not exactly literature, but I’ve rarely enjoyed anything quite so much. On top of that, “Pawn of Prophecy” was the first novel I ever read, when I was eight, and so it really stuck with me.

5. What is your LEAST favorite fantasy read of all time?

“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini was the only bad fantasy story I actually managed to finish. His age when he wrote it isn’t an excuse – it’s truly a pile of unoriginal, uninspired rubbish.

6. Which fantasy books are you dying to read?

I want to give Jean M. Auel’s “Earth Children” series a try. It looks nice and long, something I could potentially get into for a while. I haven’t read a real time-consuming series since “The Dark Tower”, and I’m missing the feeling of adventuring with characters for a really long time. I don’t know if she’s any good or not, but I like the idea of prehistory and all. Sounds like an interesting take on fantasy to me.

7. What fantasy book would you like to star in?

There are too many to name, but I think anything by Jonathan Stroud would be in the lead. Why wouldn’t I want to live in a world where everyone talks in hilarious, sarcastic one-liners?

8. Suggest three books for other read-a-thon participants.

“Airborn” by Kenneth Oppel, which is a steampunkish adventure with excellent dialogue and characters, as well as beautiful action; “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King, the first of the “Dark Tower” series, which is an interesting and surreal fantasy sci-fi western; and “Wildwood” by The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, which is a great book to read to your kids and isn’t bad for adults, either.

9. If you could choose any fantasy book character to be chained to during the read-a-thon, whom would you pick and why?

Go ahead and chain Todd from “Chaos Walking” to me – I think we’d get along pretty well. He’s a cool guy.

10. I would tag someone, but I don’t know any other bloggers. Sorry about that.

Well, that’s that, my introductory post. More to come, I hope, and thanks for stopping by.

~ Brynn