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The Stranger

The Stranger

Join date : 2013-07-22
Age : 26
Location : Circling the Void

PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations?   Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:16 am

It's an entire series and out of everything I read, Derek Landy's stuff always amuses me. He knows how to inject that clever humor into his characters without it coming off as forced or unbelievable. 

As I've often said to others, Skulduggery is everything I wish I could pull off in a character. XD

I also recommend the Last Apprentice series. It's about a man known as the Spook, a person tasked with tending to the otherworldly and the occult so as to keep it away from the regular folk, during the olden times. 

He's forced to take on an apprentice, the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, so he can have a fighting chance against the darkness that threatens to sweep the land. I like it because it has a load of... More horrific versions of creatures that are deadly as well as magical; but the Spook and the apprentice have no abilities of their own. 

Literally, they fight with salt(which can burn denizens of the darkness), iron shavings(which can absorb their strength and left them weak), and silver chains/blades which can harm/bind dark denizens such as witches. Not to mention the different types of wood they carve their staves from.

That one appeals to me because it's about simple men fighting tooth-and-nail to conquer the unconquerable, fantastic and deadly beings, with nothing but their tools and wits. >3>

But yeah, if you can find either series I'd suggest reading them. They're both choice pieces~
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PostSubject: Re: Book Recommendations?   Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:48 pm

Gahhh! I died when the guy said that he was too graceful hahaha! xD

To be honest, I've always been more interested in informal writing because all those required readings I had to before sort of ruined reading for me. But maybe I'll check that book out, cause it sounds pretty interesting.

Yeahh... can't say I have too many recommendations on the top of my head right now. I'll let you know if any come up. x)
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The Stranger

The Stranger

Join date : 2013-07-22
Age : 26
Location : Circling the Void

PostSubject: Book Recommendations?   Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:00 pm

Ahh, I believe this is something we can all enjoy. Seeing as we're all writers here, I suppose it'd be appropriate to make each other aware of choice pieces of literature one might not otherwise be aware of or pick up at all~

As such, I'll let you all know of one of my favorite series' from highschool. 

Skulduggery Pleasant. 

Now, for the uninitiated, it's a book following the life of a young lady known as Stephanie Edgely who becomes embroiled in a hidden world full of magic, blah blah blah. I sound like I'm reciting a cliche~

Rather, magic exists in that universe and mages live among humans as do fantastic and horrifying creatures. These are regulated by 'Sanctuaries' all over the world that act as detective, police, and military services for the magic community and keeping it secret. 

Stephanie, or Valkyrie as the name she takes as a mage, becomes partners/a student under Skulduggery Pleasant, the Irish Sanctuary's top detective and who also happens to be a reanimated skeleton.

A sarcastic, calm, reanimated skeleton. With a taste for pinstripe suits.

Now, I can't adaquately explain how entertaining it is to see the two talk to one another, so I'll simply post a quote from one of the books: 

“Was it a test?” she asked. “I mean, I know I'm still new to this. I'm still the rookie. Did you hang back to test me, to see if I'd be able to handle it alone?”
“Well, kind of,” he said. “Actually, no, nothing like that. My shoelace was untied. That's why I was late. That's why you were alone.”
“I could have been killed because you were tying your SHOELACE?”
“An untied shoelace an be dangerous,” he said. “I could have tripped.”
She stared at him. A moment dragged by.
“I'm joking,” he said at last.
She relaxed. “Really?”
“Absolutely. I would never have tripped. I'm far too graceful.” 


He put on his hat and wrapped his scarf around his jaw, but did without the wig and the sunglasses. He clicked his key chain and the car beeped and the doors locked.
"That's it?"
He looked up. "Sorry?"
"Aren't you afraid it might get stolen? We're not exactly in a good part of town."
"It's got a car alarm."
"Don't you, like, cast a spell or something? To keep it safe?"
"No. It's a pretty good car alarm.” 

I highly recommend reading these books, because the universe is highly roleplay-friendly as well~
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