Friday, February 3, 2012

Follow Friday and Friday Fives

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. The feature this week is Omnom Books.

This week's question: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

Though I do appreciate the kick-ass heroine and the Alpha Male love interest and my favorite books do tend to contain them both, I think what my favorite books share more strongly than any other characteristic is a search for goodness and a struggle against darkness. I want the whites to be white and the blacks black. I don't mind some gray in the middle. I will tolerate and appreciate quite a lot of gray, but I want the white and the black to be there. I want my books to have a moment like the end of The Lord of the Rings when evil has been defeated and Frodo is getting on a gray ship and everything is beautiful and shining. I love that.

And Paper Hangover's Friday Fives:
 1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I read this book and wept. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. When I get that feeling about my own work there is something I can do about it, I can write, but when it is someone elses work there is nothing for it, but to reread it a few times and hope the ghosts of characters that moved me deeply go away on there own.

2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is the perfect, I mean PERFECT blend of everything I think makes a book a masterpiece. This is how I want my own work to feel when I finish it, fine and glorious and bright and clear.

3. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Epic YA fantasy. The perfect bad ass heroine with a magic sword and a horse friend who manages to defeat the evil encroaching hordes and still marry the King. I love how McKinley keeps the balance in her heroine. Harry is so strong and fierce, but she still manages not to become a bitch and still to be vulnerable.

4. The Changling Sea by Patricia McKillip
Patricia McKillip is a poet who happens to write prose. Her books are like one long beautiful fairy tale poem. I read her books and read them again because of the ringing beauty of her words. I just don't think in colors as bright as she does.

5. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
There is something lovely and fine about this book. The details are so clean and clear. There is a ringing purity to it that captivates me.


  1. I absolutely love "Daughter of the Forest"!! It is an amazing masterpiece. I hope that I can write fantasy like that someday! Great choices!

  2. Wow a great answer! Yeah characters who struggle against 'darkness' are a lot more deeper than those that are innately 'good.'

    Awesome post, old follower:)


  3. I love a book with a paranormal element. I just cannot get enough of those. It lets me escape reality.

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  4. Hi!!!! I'm a new follower!!! I can't wait to continue to follow your blog!!! :)

    Good answer! I love a good struggle against darkness! That light/dark struggle always grabs my attention! :)

  5. ooh good answer, good versus evil.

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  6. I enjoyed A TALE OF TWO CITIES more than I expected to. I confess that's the only book on your list I know. Thanks for enlightening me. :)

  7. Lord of the rings is one of my favourite movie series! Great post! Thank you for dropping by my blog I'm following you back:)


  8. Ha! I know EXACTLY what you are talking about! Even though I haven't read Lord of the Rings I saw the movie. Is it the same feeling? I don't know!

    1. I feel like they got it pretty close in the movie.

  9. That is such a great answer. I like the whites and the blacks in my books too. Don't you just love when good conquers evil. Like in Harry Potter. =] Old Follower. =] Thanks for stopping by my FF. =]
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  10. Hello! I am a new follower!! Found you via the blog hop! Can't wait to read your posts!


  11. Catching up on FF. I like your point about needing some black and white in addition to grey. I'm more partial to all grey, but I can see your point, because having the good and evil strongly represented can throw the grey into greater relief.

  12. Good answer! Thank for stopping by my blog. I'm following back:)