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  1. liv

    Ray Bradbury

    Years and years ago, I read From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I liked it just the same. Not enough to go off and read the rest of his works, however. This past summer, I decided to pick up an old, battered copy of The Illustrated Man. I...
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    Patrick Rothfuss: The Name Of The Wind

    I just finished this book a couple of days ago. I LOVED it. It is hard to describe, so I'm just going to say, check it out. The author (Patrick Rothfuss) has a website (and a blog, which is quite entertaining): http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/
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    The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue

    I recently bought this book off Amazon because the summary sounded interesting and it had received some great reviews. I was BLOWN AWAY by this book. It's inspired by the Yeats poem, and it's basically about a changeling, and is told from the perspectives of the changeling, and the child that...
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    Peter and the Starcatchers

    So far there are three books in this series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The premise of the books is the story of Peter Pan, and how he became the Peter Pan we know and love (it is sponsored/published by Disney, so it's more focused on that story rather than Barrie's). They are darling...
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    Sharon Shinn

    Some of her books are a mix of fantasy and sci-fi, but she's one of the best authors I've ever read. Samaria Series -Archangel -Jovah's Angel -The Alleluia Files -Angelica -Angel Seeker Twelve Houses Series -Mystic and Rider -The Thirteenth House -Dark Moon Defender -Reader and...
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    Juliet Marillier

    She's written some fantastic stuff. The Sevenwaters Trilogy is great for ANYONE. I read the first book of that (Daughter of the Forest) and was just amazed at the quality and strength of the characters and storylines. She's also written two books in Saga of the Light Isles and a three books...
  7. liv

    I'm back!

    So what have I missed in the last year?
  8. liv

    Wow, it sure has been a while...

    Man, I think I completely forgot about these forums. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea. Did you all miss me? Did you have any idea I was gone?
  9. liv

    Shallow Media

    This is a little ranting session I posted on my blog back in September. So I thought I'd share it here too. Your thoughts? "I've slowly discovered, over the course of my life, how superficial the media can be/is. I've gathered this opinion through observing what has goes on around me...
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    Smart Tolkien

    So, apparently Tolkien was smarter than some of us give him credit for. Check this out - link
  11. liv

    Poem: Winter

    One scene as I watch the raging snowstorm – A man walks through an endless sheet of white misery. Thin sweater, worn shoes, empty pockets. Tears of tragedy cling to his cheeks As he searches for a hot meal, a warm bed, a kind heart. I sip my cocoa.
  12. liv

    Poem: Forever

    The abundant, though subtle love of an eternal family, runs so deep and stretches so far, that one cannot possibly fathom it’s expanse Yet, it is through small and simple things that this love is expressed. A few tender words on a card, which bring tears, a random phone call just to...
  13. liv


    Here's a short story that I wrote that has potential for more. Any ideas or suggestions? I'm sorry if I post a lot of my stuff, but I am really working on what I have written. I was in a creative writing class my senior year of high school, and I produced a lot of things in there that I am...
  14. liv

    Where can I go with this?

    I'd like some advice. This is the beginning of a story that I was writing, and I haven't had a lot of time to think about where I'd like it to go. It's been sitting on the shelf for quite some time now, but I'd just like to know if you think I've written myself into a corner, or where I could...
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    Gaston Leroux

    I just started reading Phantom of the Opera today (even though I have been meaning to for so long), and I just wanted to know what else he has written and what you think of his works. Do you think there really was a phantom, like he suggests in the prolouge, or was he just trying to make his...
  16. liv

    White Cheddar Cheez-its

    They have to be one of the best things ever created.
  17. liv

    The Queen of Advice: Ask Liv

    Ever since I was a measly little 10 year old, maybe before that too (I can't remember) I have been the one stuck in the middle of everything. It's always been "Liv, will you tell so-and-so that I like/hate/want him/her?" or "Liv, please let me rant my entire life story to you". Since I have...
  18. liv


    Persecution Why do you trample upon my dreams And crush them like dead leaves under your shoe? You have no right. I am a person, with feelings. Maybe you didn’t realize that, Since you are so wrapped up in yourself. Vain, conceited, arrogant, uncouth; There are many words that...
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    Sara Douglass

    So I was wandering around in the sci-fi/fantasy aisle of my favorite library, like I do when I am trying to find something to read but don't want to think too hard about it. I picked up a few books and looked at them, and then I decided on one and checked it out. I do this all the time...
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    Poem: Piano

    Piano I am ivory and ebony. I am her sanctuary. She takes meticulous care of me and I, in turn, Reward her by proudly sounding my taunt strings. Light from a high window illuminates my shiny black surface. Admired by all that see and hear me, I soothe sorrow and frustration with a few...