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Kammbia1

Joined May 2016

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Celia: My Life | Celia Cruz, Ana Cristina Reymundo
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I just finished the autobiography of Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa music. She told her story of growing up in pre-Castro Cuba until the end where she was revered in the Spanish-speaking world. I have been a fan of her music but did not know about her life story until now. Cruz is a musical treasure and I'm glad that I read her story.

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The Book of Atrix Wolfe | Patricia A. McKillip
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I just found out today that fantasy author Patricia McKillip passed away. She has been someone I‘ve wanted to read for years but never got around to it.

Also, she has seemed to slip under the radar or bypassed because she did not write one series after another. Most of her books are standalone novels…which is rare for commercial fantasy fiction.

I bought a copy of The Book of Atrix Wolfe earlier today & will finally read her work. Rest in Love!

Kammbia1 Has anyone else read her books? 4d
merelybookish I had never heard of her before but then a newsletter I followed wrote lovingly about her. Made me curious about her work 4d
Kammbia1 @merelybookish. It seems she was beloved by older fantasy readers. Her heyday was the 80s and 90s even through she first published in the mid 1970s. I hope current fantasy readers as well as literary fiction readers go back and read her books. 4d
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DrexEdit I was going to say I've never heard of her, but I'll amend that to I've never read her. I've got a couple of her titles on my GoodReads #TBR list. Looks like all of her books are highly rated! 4d
Kammbia1 @DrexEdit I saw that her books were highly rated on Goodreads as well. Hopefully you get a chance to read one of her novels. (edited) 4d
JazzFeathers I've just learned it from another post. So sorry. She was one of my favourite authors when l was a kid. It's been such a long time since last l read it. Now l was to reread her. 1d
JazzFeathers @Kammbia1 She definitely belongs to the 1980s/1990s fantasy school, together with such authors as Andre Norton, Tanith Lee and Marion Zimmer Bradley. All authors who marked my teen days. They are all gone, now. It's sad. 1d
Kammbia1 @Jazzfeathers Yes, a lot of those fantasy authors from that time period are being bypassed or overlooked now. Readers need to keep recognizing these authors and bring their books to the current generation. Patricia McKillip should be read by current readers too. 1d
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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I have a very small list of writers whose novels I look forward to when they release something new. Guy Gavriel Kay is on that small list. Only one week from away from the release of his latest, All The Seas Of The World. Set in the same world as Children of Earth and Sky & A Brightness Long Ago…I‘m totally looking forward to see where else Kay goes in this world. Kay is one of our best contemporary fantasy writers and should be read widely.

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I don't read many celebrity or famous musician autobiographies. However, I have started research on my next novel and Natalie Cole is one of my favorite singers. And a childhood crush! Cole shares her life story growing up as the daughter of the great Nat King Cole. The highs & lows. Finally embracing her father's legacy when she recorded Unforgettable..with Love in the early 90s. I'm glad she told her story.

Kammbia1 For American R&B female singers, Natalie Cole does not get mentioned in the same vein as Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, or Mariah Carey. However, she deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation with those names. I have been listening to her first four albums (Inseparable, Natalie, Unpredictable, & Thankful) along with Unforgettable since reading the autobiography. 3w
Kammbia1 Cole‘s tone and versatility make her unique as a singer and songwriter. She can sing R&B, Jazz, & Pop music seamlessly. Natalie was a true singing talent and I hope music aficionados and historians take a closer look at her oeuvre.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-104-angel-on-my-shoulder...
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Independence Day | Richard Ford
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I have a question. Is there a book or book series that you hated the protagonist initially but ended up liking the main character by the finish of it?

I felt that way by Frank Bascombe from the Bascombe series of novels by Richard Ford. I did not like Frank in The Sportswriter but warmed up too him in Independence Day and liked him in The Lay of the Land. That has never happened to me in my reading life. Has this happened to someone else?

Kammbia1 Independence Day is my favorite novel in the entire series. I thought I was going to stop reading these books after The Sportswriter. Sometimes, a fictional character can grow on you like people do in real life. 1mo
BarbaraBB I hated The Sportswriter and didn‘t continue 🙈 1mo
Kammbia1 @BarbaraBB I can see why you hated The Sportswriter. Bascombe comes across as an unlikeable character in that book. But, I feel differently about him in Independence Day. 1mo
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Tigana: Anniversary Edition | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Guy Gavriel Kay is on the shortlist of my favorite novelists. His brand of historical fantasy is unique to the genre on the whole. His books show that well-written literate stories can come from imaginative literature too.

I just realized that I have never read, Tigana. This novel is considered his breakout book. It is a much loved novel by fantasy readers worldwide and after 100 pages I can see the reasons why. Full review to come.

Nutmegnc Such an amazing wordsmith!! 1mo
Kammbia1 He is @Nutmegnc. My favorite Kay novel is Children of Earth & Sky. I have read Ysabel, Sailing to Sarantium, Lord of Emperors, A Brightness Long Ago. I have The Last Light of the Sun on my iBooks app & bought his China-inspired duology, Under Heaven & River of Stars from my local library bookstore recently. I just love the worlds he creates & characters too. I'm looking forward to his new novel, All The Seas of the World coming out next month. (edited) 1mo
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Glass Soup | Jonathan Carroll
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Glass Soup is the sequel to White Apples and continues the story of the philanderer, Vincent Ettrich and his true love, Isabelle Neukor. Both of them have crossed over from life to death and back to life again. Isabelle is carrying their special child, who can restore the balance between life and death. However, the agents of chaos are determined to keep Isabelle and the child in a place where that result can not happen.

Kammbia1 Carroll gives a philosophical and surreal perspective on love, life, death, and the afterlife that kept this reader interested throughout the novel. I will admit I thought the plot in White Apples was better executed than in Glass Soup. However, I still felt that Glass Soup was rewarding to read and a novel that deserves my recommendation. 1mo
Kammbia1 You can read Glass Soup as a standalone novel, but I would suggest that you read White Apples to get the full perspective of this duology. Also, these Carroll novels have given me a new perspective towards the fantasy genre and how far the boundaries can be extended outside of the Tolkien/Jordan/Sanderson type of traditional fantasy. (edited) 1mo
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White Apples | Jonathan Carroll
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Jonathan Carroll has one of most unique and distinctive voices in all contemporary fiction. This review of White Apples was the first of the Carroll novels I‘ve read. I had never heard of Jonathan Carroll before reading a post from Neil Gaiman about him. Besides Gaiman, he has been endorsed by novelists as diverse as Stephen King to Pat Conroy to Katherine Dunn. Because of his reputation as a favorite of writers, I‘ve decided to to check him out.

Kammbia1 White Apples is the story of Vincent Ettrich, a womanizer, who has died and been brought back to life. He has no idea why that has happened to him or memories of the experience. Eventually, Ettrich finds out he has been brought back to life by his former lover, Isabelle. Isabelle is pregnant and the child she is carrying has an essential role in saving the universe. 1mo
Kammbia1 However, Vincent can not remember what happened to him on the other side of life and the child needs to learn from him about that experience.

Carroll does an excellent job in taking a soap opera or telenovela type of story and turned into a metaphysical, surreal work of fiction.
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Kammbia1 White Apples is surprisingly spiritual, thoughtful, and weird at the same time. Carroll‘s lucid prose grabbed me from the opening pages and kept me engaged until the end of the novel. White Apples is a good entry point into Carroll‘s work. 1mo
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Buffalo Soldier | Maurice Broaddus
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Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus tells the story of Jamaican agent Desmond Coke and his companion, Lij Tafari. They are on the run and Desmond wants the boy to have a normal life, but it seems unlikely because of those who want to capture Lij for nefarious reasons.

Kammbia1 This alternate history tale has the United States split into smaller nations like the Five Civilized Tribes, which is a conglomeration of Native American Tribes, the industrialized and independent state of Tejas (Texas..of course), and the figurehead state of Albion. Desmond and Lij are trying to make to Canada (shades of the Underground Railroad) in order to secure the boy's freedom. 1mo
Kammbia1 However, the pair meets resistance from the aforementioned Five Civilized Tribes as they make their way across this interesting version of America. Politics and alliance by convenience lead to an outcome that was mildly surprising by the end of the story.

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Kammbia1 Broaddus created an engaging, fast-paced steampunk adventure that has room for more development. I wished the relationship between Desmond & Lij could have been explored more in the novella. Lij loved stories and Broaddus did a good job of bringing out that aspect of the boy's character. A longer story could have fleshed that out even more. Also, I wanted to learn more about why Desmond was forced from his homeland of Jamaica. 1mo
Kammbia1 I just found out there is a sequel coming and I hope it will bring out those aspects in the upcoming book. Buffalo Soldier is a solid novella, and a welcomed entry into the steampunk fiction subgenre. Let's see what Broaddus does next. 1mo
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As I continue with my short story reading, I found this chilling and tragic story about an encounter between a stepfather & stepdaughter that turns deadly. Turner Banks does not tell the reader who commits the crime but leaves it open to interpretation. The Cookout is a story (under 10 pages) from the groundbreaking anthology, Shades of Black: Crime & Mystery Stories By African-American Authors. Crime & Mystery fans should check it out!

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“Good storytellers are like good wine—the older the better!”

The aforementioned sentence came from the last paragraph of The Storyteller by Rafik Schami. This short story was taken from his novel, Damascus Nights and reprinted in The Year‘s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection published in September 1994.

Kammbia1 I‘ve been reading from various anthologies and came across this delightful story about a woman named Leila. She told stories for a living and had the power to captivate everyone (including a monster) with her storytelling prowess. The story chronicled her journey across the Middle East and the determination to tell stories no matter the circumstances.

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Kammbia1 The Storyteller read like an adult fairy tale and revealed a thoughtful message about what brings a person joy despite the societal attempts to place Lelia in a familiar position that would have made everyone else comfortable. Reading this short story brought out the importance of storytelling and how essential it is for human beings. Leila reminded me of Eva Luna from Isabel Allende‘s wonderful novel that covered a similar theme as this story. 1mo
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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Toni Morrison is one of those authors have I admired & respected but not loved her fiction. I have read Song of Solomon, Jazz, & Paradise but my feelings as a reader toward her work have been lukewarm. This short story, she wrote in the 1980s, is finally a work I liked (not quite loved) on a storytelling level. Recitatif is a story of race, identity & womanhood that could have been written by Octavia Butler or Ursula Le Guin. Recommended.

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The Year's Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 | Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Helfers
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My reading excursion into short stories continues with an excellent whodunit story set in a suburban Oregon town where a single mother who owns a housecleaning business of foreclosure homes ends up on the wrong end of a home explosion.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-story-review-7-what-people-leave-beh...

Kammbia1 I don‘t read a lot of whodunit stories (short stories or novels) but a skilled storyteller like Rusch will make me read anything she publishes. Storytelling skills translate across genres and when someone does it well, you can appreciate the craftsmanship. Mystery fans looking for a good story to read under forty pages have a winner in What People Leave Behind. 2mo
Kammbia1 This story first appeared in Alfred Hitcock‘s Mystery Magazine in the Summer of 2010 and Rusch has published it as an individual short story. Rusch fans and mystery readers should definitely check it out.

https://books2read.com/u/bQyvAw
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Aura | Carlos Fuentes
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Carlos Fuentes is a writer I have wanted to read for a long time. I have seen his books, The Old Gringo & The Death of Artemio Cruz, in used bookstores for years. I have always meant to get one of those books, but never did. However, I read a review about Aura last week that gave me the push to read Fuentes. The story a young writer hired to write a widow's deceased husband's memoirs but falls hard for her niece. Haunting & thought-provoking.

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I just finished with this unique, steampunk novella in an alternate Cairo. Clark takes the detective story and mixes it with supernaturalism. I did not love it but the world building is excellent and adding the women's suffrage movement to the story gives it depth. I'm looking forward to reading more of Clark's work in the future.

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Charles de Lint is one of my favorite writers & the author who has influenced me the most in my own writings. Also, he is my favorite fantasy writer (Guy Gavriel Kay is a close second place) & his brand of fantasy has shown the best of what the genre has to offer in contemporary fiction across the board. Timeskip is my favorite story in his Dreams Underfoot collection. De Lint's take on the ghost story is unique and refreshing.

Kammbia1 Dreams Underfoot is the introduction to De Lint's fictional city of Newford (based off of his hometown of Ottawa, Canada) and is a place of artists, musicians, writers, partygoers, and others that society deem as outcasts. Magic happens to these people not just the kings and queens of most fantasy fiction. Regular people can see beyond the humdrum of everyday life and De Lint has captured it the best among fantasy writers. (edited) 2mo
Texreader I‘m not much of a fantasy fan but you and I often have similar tastes. So I‘m adding this one to my tbr. 2mo
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Kammbia1 Good deal @Texreader Yes we do have similar tastes. I have an extra copy of Dreams Underfoot. If you want I can send it to you. You can email your address to my email marion@marion-hill.com and I will send it to you. 2mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Really? I would love that!! I‘ll email you shortly. Thank you!! 2mo
Kammbia1 I responded to your email @Texreader 2mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Received today!!! And then my son very shortly thereafter hijacked it. So it will make the rounds in the household. Thank you!! 2mo
Kammbia1 I‘m glad you got the book @Texreader. There are some really good stories in that collection and it sets up his fictional city of Newford. 2mo
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a writer I've wanted to read for awhile. I've had her novel, Americanah on my Kindle app for several years. However, I found out about this short story, Ceiling and read it recently. Adichie did an excellent job in showing how our lifestyle choices can affect the past & present. Well done and recommended.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-story-review-6-ceiling-by-chimamanda...

Kammbia1 This is the first short story in the 2011 Best American Short Stories series edited by Geraldine Brooks. An excellent opening story to a good anthology. 2mo
BarbaraBB Americanah is soooo good!! 2mo
Kammbia1 @BarbaraBB I‘ve heard it is good. Looking forward to reading it. 2mo
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Dear Life: Stories | Alice Munro
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My penchant for short stories began a few years ago when I read the story Haven by Alice Munro. Haven is the from Dear Life collection & tells the story of a young Canadian girl living with her ultra-religious uncle & aunt. The girl can not understand why her aunt plays the role in her marriage as she does. This is a thoughtful story that delves beneath the surface of a marriage in unexpected ways. I will read more stories by Munro in the future.

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This post may come across as stirring the pot. However, I recently listened to a podcast where author Maurice Carlos Ruffin was asked what novel he would like to rewrite. Ruffin chose To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm so glad he did. I have always felt that TKAM was somewhat overrated and the black characters in the novel were one dimensional at best. I wrote a blog post acknowledging Ruffin's position and stand with him in his assessment.

Kammbia1 I would like to ask what modern classic novel should be rewritten? https://marion-hill.com/what-modern-classic-would-you-like-to-rewrite/ 2mo
Texreader That is such an interesting position to take. I‘ve not read the book so I can‘t say how I feel about this statement. I really appreciate the thought experiment. I think I‘d pick Gone with the Wind, which is a brilliant book but for the blatant racism. Oddly I didn‘t pick up on it the first time I read it, but it was so obvious during the second read I almost couldn‘t finish it. 2mo
Tamra I need to reread with this in mind. 2mo
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Tamra What about a companion novel from the perspective of the black characters/community members? I‘d be keen to read something like that too. 2mo
Kammbia1 @TexReader I have never read Gone With The Wind. I‘ve heard about blatant racism in that novel.

@Tamra I think Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison is such a novel. It is a coming of age story and has depth and complexity of black characters that shows the effect of racism in not a white savior fashion.
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Tamra @Kammbia1 I have it on my physical TBR shelf! I‘ll bump it up for a summer read. Thank you for the heads up. 2mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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This story comes from the excellent short story collection, Sabrina & Corina. Galapago tells the story of Pearla Ortiz, a widow, who has an encounter with a man that breaks into her home. Pearla‘s granddaughter, Alana, wants to sell the house & move her grandmother into senior housing. This story tackles aging, gentrification, and change simultaneously. I hope Galapago becomes required reading for high school & college literature students.

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I have decided to review & post individual short stories regularly going forward. L'Alchimista by N.K. Jemisin is one of the best short stories I read last year. The story of a talented but frustrated chef stuck working at a small Italian inn until a mysterious stranger comes in with an unusual request. Jemisin shows a versatility I did not think she had.
https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-story-review-4-lalchimista-by-n-k-je...

Kammbia1 L'Alchimista is from Jemisin's short story collection, How Long 'Til Black Future Month and my favorite story by far. 3mo
tenar I read this collection in 2020, and this is still the story I think of when I see her name! 3mo
Kammbia1 Good deal @tenar 3mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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I got the idea for the recommended reading postcard from author Kali Fajardo-Anstine‘s post on her IG account. She‘s a good follow on IG. Kali shared her recommended reading list and many readers commented on it.

I hope more authors will create cards like this one for their readers. BTW, I highly recommend reading her Sabrina & Corina collection. Some of the best short stories I have read since Charles DeLint‘s Dreams Underfoot collection.

Tamra Terrific idea! 3mo
BarbaraBB That is so cool. I‘ll check her out on IG. 3mo
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I was a participant author at the San Antonio Carver Library African American Book Festival yesterday.

I created my own recommended reading postcard to give out to everyone at the festival. I have recommended these 15 books the most over the past few years. A few of these are on my shortlist of all-time favorites like Parable of the Sower, Invisible Man, Winter's Tale & Home Is The Sailor.

I enjoyed handing out these postcards!

Suet624 Great idea! 3mo
Nute Thanks for the virtual giving of this postcard, Marion. I‘m already looking into a few books on this list that I had never heard of. Always appreciative of this kind of sharing on Litsy!🤗 3mo
Kammbia1 You are welcome @Nute 3mo
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As Black History Month comes to a close, I have always wanted to read something about our history that I did not know about before. I found out two weeks ago about the most prominent African American entrepreneur in Alabama, A.G. Gaston. His niece and grandniece wrote a bio called Black Titan about his rise from post Civil War poverty to immense wealth & his significant role in desegregating Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement.

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rockpools That‘s wonderful 😊 3mo
TrishB Aww that‘s so special 😁 3mo
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Yossarian That‘s the cutest picture I‘ve ever seen. 3mo
Kammbia1 It is a special picture. It caught my attention when I saw it yesterday. 3mo
Nute Love this photo! 3mo
Kammbia1 I do too @Nute 3mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E Butler
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My second appearance on the Best Book Ever Podcast aired today. The host, Julie Strauss, and I discussed one of my all time favorite novels, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

I have read this novel 3 times (when it first came in October 1993, then 10 years later, and most recently last summer for the podcast) and it is one of the very few books that has stayed with me throughout my adult life. Check it out when you get a chance.

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Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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My weekend reading is Rosewater by Tade Thompson. The main character is labeled as a sensitive (where he can read people‘s thoughts) and is trying to navigate in a volatile, futuristic Nigerian society. This is the first book of the trilogy and pretty good after 100 pages.

#weekendreading

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The Wood Wife | Terri Windling
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I‘m halfway through my 1st read of the year. This novel has been on my main bookshelf for over a year & I have known about the book since it was published in 1996. The story of a writer who inherits the Tucson AZ estate of a famous poet. The writer arrives at the estate & begins to learn the nature of the poet‘s death & the people that were connected to him. This is the kind of fantasy novel that needs to get more recognition. Full review to come!

Kammbia1 And it‘s a standalone novel! Hallelujah…..😂 4mo
SRWCF Sounds interesting! 🤔🤔🤔 4mo
Kammbia1 @SRWCF It is quite interesting so far. And if you know about the city of Tucson…then that will add to your reading experience. 4mo
Kammbia1 @SolaRaynor. This novel is a companion to Charles de Lint‘s Memory & Dream. There are similarities in both novels that work well for each story. 4mo
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I have seen several reading challenges for 2022 throughout social media in the past few days. Here is my reading challenge for the new year. I will read what's on my shelf both physical and digital. I'm not buying any new books for the entire year. Many readers have more than enough books to read in their own collection instead going after the latest or newest book. I'm looking forward to this challenge!

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I have finally read this one & Jemisin's imaginative storytelling skills are on full display. The world building is outstanding & representation comes through clearly in the story. There is a difference between reading a work of fiction that becomes a favorite than one which becomes one of importance. The Fifth Season is the latter part of the prior sentence and I can appreciate the work on that level.

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Wild Women and the Blues | Denny S. Bryce
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Christmas has passed and 2021 is coming to an end. Here are my favorite reads of the year.

https://marion-hill.com/marions-favorite-reads-of-2021/

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My 12 year old daughter asked me an interesting question last week.

Daddy from all the books you have read what one book surprised you the most? I‘ve been thinking about it for the past few days.

I answered her question by writing that Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is the book that surprised me the most. Fantasy is my favorite genre to read but I have always mixed feelings about epic fantasy. Too many long series and dragons are not for me.

Kammbia1 Sanderson is considered the king of commercial epic fantasy currently & I did not have high expectations for Elantris. I was delightfully wrong after reading this character driven story with excellent & imaginative world building. And it is a standalone novel. Hallelujah!

I read Elantris a few years ago & it‘s a story I still remember to this day. I know diehard Sanderson fans have mixed opinions about Elantris. I just enjoyed it.
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Kammbia1 I would like to ask my daughter‘s question to rest of the Litsy folks here. What is the one novel in your reading life that has surprised you the most? 5mo
ozma.of.oz The Left Hand of Darkness. No question. I had refused to read science fiction for years, and then someone told me the author of the Earthsea series had written more books. I started reading and almost immediately had to take a step back in awe. I hold almost every sci fi book since then to the standard of the sheer wonder I felt with that book. 5mo
Kammbia1 Hello @ozma.of.oz I have read a few of Ursula Le Guin books and I can see how Left Hand of Darkness would be the book that surprised you. The Dispossessed is my favorite Le Guin novel and she really told an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. 5mo
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“Tate opened the door for those who grew up on hip-hop, jazz, and soul, but also had an affinity for rock, folk, and pop. He wrote for those who walked to the bus stop with a Public Enemy cassette in the Walkman, but could appreciate Elton John too. Tate did for Black music writers what groups like Jungle Brothers and De La Soul did for aspiring alternative rappers in the ‘80s and ‘90s: He made it OK to be different.”

Kammbia1 I just found out about the passing of Greg Tate, writer and cultural critic at the age of 64. I‘ve only read a few of his written pieces in Village Voice but the above words from an article I read today hit home.

Bingo. Art is meant to be explored across the entire range of humanity & not just what are you comfortable with. Tate understood that instinctively and from a black man‘s perspective that‘s truly liberating.

Rest in Love, Greg Tate.
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Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Another cover version for one of my favorite novels by the excellent Guy Gavriel Kay. I would like to do a buddy read with some Litsy folks next year for this one. Let me know if anyone is interested.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I'm finally reading this novel. I will admit I have not been able to get my reading comfortability with Jemisin's books until I read her short story collection, How Long Til Black Future Month earlier in the year. That reading experience has lead me to her award winning Broken Earth Trilogy. After 50 pages....the world building is outstanding & her use of second person narration is an intriguing choice to tell a story. Full review to come.

bnp Glad you're enjoying this. It is complex world building. I'm reading this with a group on Goodreads this month, and am hoping this will set me up for the next two in the series. 5mo
Nutmegnc It is certainly not an easy read, but it is so good. And imo the second and third just get better and better. Worth every bit of those consecutive Hugos. (edited) 5mo
Kammbia1 @bnp I am enjoying it so far. The world building is just excellent and I'm starting to get my arms around the story. 5mo
Kammbia1 Good to know @nutmegnc 5mo
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Soldier of the Mist | Gene Wolfe
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I'm a Gene Wolfe fan and truly believe he was one of the very best writers America has produced who happened to write science-fiction and fantasy. I'm slowly reading through his works outside of The Book of New Sun Series. Solider of the Mist is an interesting look at a 5th Century Greek soldier that has lost his memory and can talk to gods and goddess with regularity. Not my favorite Wolfe book but intriguing.

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Ciscoe's Dance | Marion Hill
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Happy Pub Day to Ciscoe's Dance!

Glad to get my fourth novel out into the world. I want to thank the reviewers and advance readers that took a chance on this unique fantasy story centered around music and dance. Also that cultural appropriation is not as black & white than we think and how a son keeps a promise to his late father to keep a traditional music alive. Ultimately, my hope is that readers find another story to escape too.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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I got a notification today from Bookbub the eBook version of The Stand is $1.99. Well, I bought the Kindle version a few minutes ago. I'm not a big Stephen King reader even though Bag of Bones was a very good novel & Misery (the book) was a solid read. The Stand is considered his magnum opus. My reading is booked for the rest of the year. But, I going to read The Stand & see why it's so polarizing for readers. Has anyone else read it?

ItsAnotherJen Loved this one! 6mo
Texreader I loved it and it was my favorite novel for at least a decade after I read it 6mo
Kammbia1 @TexReader I would have never thought The Stand would be your favorite novel from your posts. What has made it your favorite? (edited) 6mo
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There are very few books I have read in my reading life that give you “holy sh...“ moments. Blacktop Wasteland is one of those rare novels. Cosby's “southern noir“ crime novel made me care about street racing, jewelry heists, and a protagonist who is trying to do the right thing. Excellent but ultraviolent thriller.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-92-blacktop-wasteland-by...

ChaoticMissAdventures I read his other and was also blown away, I have this one on my list. 6mo
Kammbia1 Good deal @ChaoticMissAdventures! I'm going to check out Razorblade Tears: A Novel soon. 6mo
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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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One of my favorite novelists, Guy Gavriel Kay had a cover release today for his upcoming novel, All The Seas Of The World, due in May.

Kay‘s brand of historical fantasy is thoughtful, intelligent, & unique to fantasy literature on the whole.

This novel is set in the same near Italian Renaissance world as my favorite Kay novel, Children Of Earth & Sky. I‘m looking forward to reading this one. A nice cover and Kay is an author worth reading.

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Can you one of your all-time favorite books be read more than once and is still an all-time favorite?

I just reread Parable of the Sower for the third time and answer the above question on my latest blog post.

https://marion-hill.com/can-an-all-time-favorite-book-be-reread/

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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Sabrina & Corina is my 2nd favorite book of 2021. The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton is my favorite book of the year but Sabrina & Corina is alongside it. I love reading these powerful and thought-provoking stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. She gets a Bravo and standing ovation!

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-91-sabrina-and-corina-by...

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Furia | Yamile Saied Mndez
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I totally enjoyed reading this YA novel about an Argentinian girl trying to fulfill her dreams of becoming a futbol player. Furia will be one of my favorites of 2021!

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-90-furia-by-yamile-saied...

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I'm 100 pages into this solid novel. I've been wanting to read Moreno-Garcia's work for awhile. This one has a chance to be a favorite read of 2021! Review to come.

ChaoticMissAdventures I follow her on Twitter and like her so much! I have only read a couple of her books but they were good! 8mo
Kammbia1 @ChaoticMissAdventures Which other books have you read of her work? 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kammbia1 I have read Certain Dark Things and my favorite is Mexican Gothic. I got this on for Book of the month last month but have not gotten to it yet 8mo
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Kammbia1 @ChaoticMissAdventures Gotcha. Her first novel, Signal to Noise is on my list to read down the road. Mexican Gothic has been quite popular throughout social media as a book to read. 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kammbia1 I know some don't enjoy her magical realism in Mexican Gothic, it isn't "believable" but I thought it was creative, creepy and we'll written. I hope you enjoy her! 8mo
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I don't read a lot of anthologies in my reading life. However, I would like to read more of them & I had this New Suns anthology on my Kobo eReader app for quite some time.

As with most anthologies, not all the stories will blow you away as a reader.
New Suns covers a broad range of stories from various genres that opened me to new writers I had not heard before. If you looking for something different to read, then New Suns is worth a try.

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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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One of my favorite reads of 2021. Crossing to Safety is a quiet novel. There are no affairs or betrayals of friendships to create the story's conflict. Stegner shows how stable friendships and marriages can actually make interesting fiction.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-88-crossing-to-safety-by...

Amiable Oh, I so loved this book. A favorite. 🥰 8mo
Bklover I have this one but haven‘t read it yet. Heard it was very good. 8mo
Tamra I loved this too and it‘s long overdue for a reread! 8mo
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Kammbia1 @Bklover It was very good. Stegner writes excellent characters and scenery. Very readable and thought-provoking. 8mo
Kammbia1 @Amiable @Tamra I can see why it‘s a beloved book. I really enjoyed reading it. 8mo
Suet624 I haven't read this one for some reason, but I love his other books. 8mo
Kammbia1 @Suet624 I have only read The Spectator Bird last year. An excellent novel. Crossing to Safety was next on my list to read and so glad I did. I‘m going to read Angle of Repose next. 8mo
SamAnne One of my favorites, although I love Angle of Repose most of all. I‘m a huge Stegner fan. In my 20s he helped me understand what it meant to grow up in the West U.S. and how it differs from growing up in the East. Esp. His essays At the Lemonade Springs, which I read after moving to Washington DC from Oregon in my 20s. 8mo
Kammbia1 @SamAnne I‘m looking forward to reading Angle of Repose & Big Rock Candy Mountain soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 8mo
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Since the TV Show is coming out soon....I have finally decided to read the first book in this beloved series. I'm not sure if I'm going to read the entire 14 book series. But, I will give this first book a shot. Has anyone read this book and the entire series?

BookDadGirlDad I've read the first one. I plan on eventually reading the entire series. It's a commitment. They are not small books!!! I know @megzlynn has read it, too.
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Kammbia1 @BookDadGirlDad They are not small books and it is definitely a commitment. 8mo
TNbookworm I started out reading the series but gave up after book seven or eight. I enjoyed the books but it's so hard to keep up with everything! I am looking forward to the TV show! 8mo
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Kammbia1 @TNbookworm Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You made through 7 or 8 books in the series...good for you! I hope they do a good job with the TV Show. 8mo
The_Penniless_Author I just started the series this summer, and I'm currently about 120 pages into book 6. So far the good far outweighs the bad. The story drags in places (though not nearly as much as I'd expect from books this size), and the writing can be repetitive, but those are minor quibbles when you're talking about a universe and a narrative this expansive. The characters are fully fleshed out and the plot is interesting. 4.5 stars so far 8mo
wildwoodreads @BookDadGirlDad Thanks for tagging me! I love WOT discussions! @Kammbia1 I‘ve read the first one and I think the most important thing going in is to know that Robert Jordan loves details. He describes literally everything at great lengths. That‘s a turn off to a lot of people and I get it. I personally loved it because it helped me get involved in the world. I‘ve not read anymore in the series but I can say I loved the first one. 8mo
Kammbia1 @megzlynn Thank you for your comments. Good to know going in this series.

@The_Penniless_Author Thanks for your comments too. These books are beloved and are being discussed throughout social media. Looking forward to read this first one to get a taste of it.
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Books are still the best bday gifts to receive. Thanks to @texreader for the birthday gift card and I got the 2nd book of Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy today. My daughter got me the 1st book of the trilogy for my birthday. Thank you Texreader so much! You have made my day.

Texreader Yay!!!! You‘re welcome! 9mo
Kammbia1 @texreader We will definitely have to do a meet up. Hopefully, things will get back to some kind of normal soon. 9mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Day 4 of my TX Hill Country Trip to celebrate another year. I made it to town of Lockhart, TX. Known for its great BBQ, but it might become more known for this sign to women around the world.

I'm a man that has 4 sisters, mother, and a daughter. Also, I've been a husband (now ex-husband) and had (and still do)great women friends in my life...I'm still not sure if I can agree with this sign. But (it's a big one), is funny. 🤦🏿‍♂️😂😂😂😂😂

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I turned 50 today. I‘m on vacation in the Texas Hill Country to celebrate. I want to share my ten favorite books I have read in my reading life:

1)Invisible Man by Ellison
2) Home is the Sailor by Amado
3) Parable of the Sower by Butler
4) Winter‘s Tale by Helprin
5) Book of Strange New Things by Faber
6) The Little Country by De Lint
7) Book of Ecclesiastes
8) The Long Way Home by Penny
9) Albuquerque by Anaya
10) The Wooden Sea by Carroll

Texreader Happy birthday my friend!!! May I treat you to a book for Nowhere Books? 9mo
TheKidUpstairs Happy Birthday! 9mo
Lesliereads Happy Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎁🎈 Keep celebrating! And thank you for your list! 9mo
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megnews Enjoy your day! 9mo
Kammbia1 @texreader Thank you so much! Yes you can on your offer. 9mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 9mo
Hollie Happy birthday! 9mo
Tamra Happy BirthYay! 😄 (My kids love to say that.) (edited) 9mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 9mo
Traci1 Happy Birthday!! 9mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Whoohoo! A Litsy meetup or would you prefer I email a gift card? 9mo
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈! Great list of books! 9mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎈🎂 9mo
Kammbia1 Thanks to everyone for your bday wishes! Very much appreciated. 9mo
Kammbia1 @texreader You can email me a gift card. marion@marion-hill.com is the address 9mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Sending it shortly. You should receive an email with it. Would you let me know when you get it? 9mo
Kammbia1 @texreader I received the code. Thank you so much! I just got the 2nd book in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy. Made my day. :) 9mo
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