May 14 2015

Update post for #boutofbooks

Bout of Books


Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading all week.


My Goals

  • To finish three books by May 17, 2015.




Book reading: The Easy Way to Write Fantasy That Sells by Rob Parnell

Total number of books I’ve finished reading during the challenge: 2
Books finished:

My (partial) Review of Red Queen:

I really loved this book. I assume that it’s fantasy set on Earth in the future.
Here’s the main reason that I believe it to be Earth: The months.
Yes, I’m willing to believe that (the Roman god) Janus, Mars (Roman god of war), Aphrodite (Greek goddess), Maia (might be the Greek one or the Roman one) and Juno (Roman goddess) could be worshiped and known on other worlds. But there are other months.
The Roman festival Februa seems odd for another world. And yeah, September, that’s Latin, as “september mensis” means seventh month (it got bumped, but the name didn’t change), and is followed by “october mensis” which means eighth month in Latin, and (hang on to your lack of creativity hats, folks) “novembris mensis” is, indeed, the Latin for nineth month. Anyone care to take a stab at the next? December, also Latin.
But, and this is the big one, July is named for Julius Caesar, the (very real) Roman who redid the calendar, and named that month for himself. Not enough? Okay, the next month is named for Augustus Caesar, who did some editing and tweeking to get the calendar just right.

I can’t imagine why another world would use the same calendar, have the same days, and have the same month names. Therefore, I’m guessing it takes place on future Earth.
I believe this book will become a classic.
My reasons are:

  1. It says a great deal about society, about how people are treated and what it really takes for change to happen.
  2. It reveals several notable truths.
  3. It is beautifully written and has a page-turning climax in pretty much every chapter.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the book. The title, by the way, is a reference to the color of the blood of the main character. More about that in my full review, which will be posted on Monday.


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  1. First person to put forward this very new book! I like the sound of it, and love that you’re not afraid of something that hasn’t been tested for a year or two! It does sound like a fun book to read… I hope you are enjoying your readathon, and thanks for sharing your answers. Sorry my blog ate your comments – it gets hungry!
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    1. That’s me in a nutshell. LOL. I love being the one who reads something first.

    • Beth on May 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    love readathons and this sounds so fun 🙂 I’ve fallen behind with my reading lately…It takes me forever to finish anything, but maybe this summer I’ll have better luck! 🙂
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