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Lee MacClellan
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Here are this books/stories I've read this month. It's fewer than I usually read but I recently discovered Doctor Who and have a LOT of catching up to do with the Doctor.

1. "A Plague of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon, finished 30 April, 88 pages
2. Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy, finished 26 April, 322 pages
3. Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher, finished 19 April, 599 pages.
4. For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale, finished 14 April, 990 pages
5. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, finished 8 April, 305 pages
6. Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels" by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, finished 7 April, 291 pages
7. "What's Under the Kilt?" by Robin Mitchell, finished 6 April, 35 pages
8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy, finished 5 April, 354 pages
9. The Joy of Sexus by Vicki Leon, finished 3 April, 302 pages
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Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tam

The authors very delightfully play fun with all the  "joys and woes of the genre". There are "Mad-Lib" style, fill-in the blank stories, a flow chart to help guide you through the differences between "Old Skool vs New Skool" romance novels, and a helpful definition of characters, situations, and plot devices. There's even a "choose your own romance" in the style of the "choose your own adventure" books.

Examples of the humor:
"Hero: He who gets the milk for free only to find he must have the cow as well, for he cannot get it up for any of the other dairy maids."
"Heroine: She who could be given a direct map to fulfillment and happiness, but would still find a way to get lost."
"Rake: A species of attractive and sexually promiscuous male; scientists postulate the rakes exhibited strong antibacterial properties, as they were capable of copulating with anything and everything on two legs without falling prey to venereal disease."

But it's not just humor; there is a lot of intelligent analysis of types of heroines (from the "Too Stupid to Live" to "Antiheroine" and others), the Hero (distinguishing between those that are Alphas vs those that are "alpholes"), a whole chapter on "Rape in Romance", and a plea for authors to stop including certain sexual misinformation in their stories (i.e. the hymen is on the OUTSIDE, guys over the age of 17 need a certain amount of recovery time, and simultaneous orgasms are like perfect bodies--everyone has them except for you.) 

The book is US-centric, and I don't know how much of their analysis holds up against non-US cultural attitudes. I would have liked it if the authors could have included a chapter on the evolution of the "romance novel". Most of the discussion contrasts "Old Skool" vs "New Skool" romances, which I believe follows the publishing trends in the US. (According to them, the Old Skool genre begins with the publication of <i>The Flame and Flower</i> by Kathleen E Woodiwiss in 1972 and last through the late 1980s, and New Skool is from the late 80s to today. This doesn't quite make sense to me. What about Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland?)
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This title was suggested here as a potential VF pick and having finished it, I agree. Six short stories, all very well-written, and the heat level varies from pleasantly warm to scorching. I was expecting stories of adventure with a spicy twist; I was not expecting to be brought to tears by the emotional poignancy of several of these stories. Highly, highly recommended
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16247788-what-happens-at-the-tavern-stays-at-the-tavern
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Orin's Strand is a close second. That's the other story that brought tears to my eyes! But all the stories are good.
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I just can't let Dale and Vicky have all the fun! :)
First book of February. The Lord John series is a spin off from the Outlander books and are essentially straight up historical fiction. Lord John Grey is a an officer in the English army and is also gay, and both these characteristics provide the framework for this story. 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41502.Lord_John_And_The_Brotherhood_Of_The_Blade
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Apparently, all the Lord John stories take place during the time that Jamie is paroled at Helwater. I've only read the very beginning of Drums of Autumn but I did find out that Lord John plays an important role in the future so I wanted to read his story chronologically. Plus these books are shorter; I need to catch my breath after reading Outlander 1-3 during January before tackling another 1000 page book.
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Please tell me that I am not the only person who has unintentionally bought the same book more than once...
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I do the same with anime. sometimes I feel its a curse I am stuck with lol
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Since Dale Modisette is one of my reading heroes now, I am emulating him. Copying is the sincerest form of flattery! However, I am not sharing a reading list for April's reads. Mostly because I don't have one (except for the VF picks, of course). 

1 . An Echo in The Bone, by Diana Galbadon, finished 3 March, 820 pages 2. The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford, finished 7 March, 205 pages
3. Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands, finished 10 March, 369 pages
4. "Take it Off"  by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt, finished 13 March, 36 pages
5. HIs Lady Captor by Hannah Howell, finished 15 March, 274 pages
6. "If it Flies" by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt, finished 13 March, 107 pages
7. Finch by Jeff Vandermeer, finished 17 March, 324 pages
8. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold, finished 18 March, 348 pages
9. The Goblin King by Shona Husk, finished 20 March, 326 pages
10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, finished 22 March, 416 pages
11. The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn, finished 23 March, 200 pages
12. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride, finished 26 March, 344 pages
13. I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, finished 28 March, 344 pages
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+John Nugent It took me a bit to get into Paladin of Souls, I admit. It's a sequel of sorts to Curse of Chalion, which I absolutely loved, and I'd hoped Paladin was continuing the story of the main character from Curse. It doesn't and I was disappointed. However, once I switched mental gears and approached the story for what it was instead of what I wanted it to be, I was hooked. Both novels take place in the same culture, and there is a slight crossover in terms of events and characters, but both stories can be read/understood/enjoyed on their own. I ended up loving Paladin as much as Curse. In both stories, the author has told the stories of deeply wounded people that is sympathetic but without pity. Both stories deal with broken people who find a place for themselves on their own terms. I read the Sharing Knife series as well, and it was a great fantasy adventure story in a complex and interesting world but the emotional connection between the main characters was never believable to me, so it lacked the resonance of Paladin and Curse.
     
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I've completed a few more titles in the Outlander universe: the book "Lord John and the Hand of the Devils" and two novellas: "The Custom of the Army" and  "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" by Diana Galbadon

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/437406.Lord_John_And_The_Hand_Of_Devils
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