Sunday, October 31, 2010

Random Fifteen

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

C.S. Lewis
J.R.R. Tolkien
BetaOmriconGamma (online friend)
Jeffery Overstreet
Bryan Davis
M.C. MacAllister
George MacDonald
Rafe Martin
Ted Dekker
Madeline L'Engle
Frank Peretti
L.B. Graham
Gerald Morris
Jane Irwin
Wayne Thomas Batson
The order of the authors really doesn't reflect that one has influenced me more than another, they're just the order that popped into my head,

On another note, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, so expect to see a lot of posts that look like this:
Wordcount: x
I got further

Friday, October 29, 2010


This blog will be closed through the end of November at least so I can work on NaNoWriMo.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Masters and Slayers

I got my copy of Masters and Slayers in the mail yesterday. It's an amazing tale. Just when you think Bryan Davis' stories can't get any better, they do. Adrian, Marcelle and Cassabrie, the three heroes of Masters and Slayers, are well-rounded characters wrestling with intense questions as they try to bring the slaves home.
Five stars.
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Fans of Bryan Davis' previous books should strap on their swords and prepare for a wild ride. Unlike Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire, Starlighter features evil dragons enslaving people to mine for them. The main characters are well-written with realistic dilemmas.

I Know Why the Angels Dance

I Know Why the Angels Dance by Bryan Davis is an amazingly heart-breaking story. It weaves two tragedies together into an amazing story of hope in the middle of loss. Two families; one Christian, one athiest; must face tragedy together.

The Bones of Makaidos

Over a million words after Raising Dragons, the great tale of dragons, underborns and humans drews to an end. The forces of Hades converge on Second Eden, pressing against Bonnie, Billy, Walter, Ashley, Elam and others. This book is a grand finale to Oracles of Fire, an epic great as Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia. Many plot lines combine to make an amazing ending. Five stars--but it's even better than that.

Eye of the Oracle

Both old and new fans of Dragons in Midst will enjoy Eye of the Oracle, first in the Oracles of Fire series. Spanning a vast canvas from Noah's flood to modern times, Bryan Davis introduces new characters and reintroduces old ones in an amazing tale that reveals their history. One of the most amazing characters is Mara, a slave girl raised in the underworld by Morgan as part of a centuries' long plan to overthrow humans and raise demons from Tartaris. But Mara soon learns that she is an Oracle of Fire, one of two girls who can stop Morgan's plan. The story is amazing. One of my favorite books by Bryan Davis. Five stars

Raising Dragons

Have you ever had a dream that seems so real you wonder if you really woke up or if you're still inside it? Well, in Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis, Billy Bannister's dream is a foretaste of coming wonders. Billy is an average middle-school boy who loves drawing and hanging out with his crazy friend Walter. But he also has a strange secret--his breath hot. And why does the strange girl at school always where a backpack?
Raising Dragons is the first of Dragons in Our Midst, a four-book series, with some characters' adventures continued into another series called Oracles of Fire. The author is also working on a new book, meant to be the first of a new series called Children of the Bard.
Five stars