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Samantha Dunaway Bryant
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Dangerous when bored.
Dangerous when bored.

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Samantha Bryant is a novelist, blogger, home cook, old movie fan, geek mom, middle school Spanish teacher, reader, and the lucky one in her marriage. She posts about poetry, recipes, books, comics, wordplay, and her writing life, mostly.

Her most well-known work is her Menopausal Superhero series which now includes 3 novels and a collection of short stories as well as a few individual short stories included in mutli-author anthologies. Each Saturday, she posts a bit of what she's been working on that week in #saturdayscenes #samanthascenes. You can follow that collection here: https://plus.google.com/collection/Y5kMoB

She's moved around a bit, having lived at least briefly in Bellevue, Kentucky; Morehead, Kentucky; Madrid, Spain; Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; Kodiak, Alaska; Kenny Lake, Alaska; Nome, Alaska; Middlebury, Vermont; Oxford, England; Emporia, Kansas; Chapel HIll, North Carolina; and Hillsborough, North Carolina. She'd love to get back to traveling again when money and life circumstances allow.

If you're interested in Samantha's work, you can find out more at http://samanthabryant.com or by following her here or on other social media platforms like http://twitter.com/mirymom1 and http://facebook.com/samanthadunawaybryant and http://mirymom.tumblr.com/
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#dailylight I drove a sailboat! (supervised, of course).
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#dailylight Yummy yummy seafood in a beautiful setting.

I am so spoiled. Thanks Mom and Dad!
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#bookeveryweek Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac.

I think I would like this book more if I were younger. I am an adult reading young adult here, so I'm not the target audience. So some of the things that bothered me maybe wouldn't bother someone else.

Overall, I really liked Lozen, the main character. I was intrigued by her impressive skill set in hunting/fighting/surviving, and pleased to see a young character who not only wasn't estranged from her family, but whose very mode of existence was about what her family had taught her and her goal to get them all free again. She loves and respects her family. The way she worked to protect herself with silence and stoicism plays very real to me among young people I have known.

I was less amused by the harping on how unattractive Lozen finds herself and how SO MANY of the bad guys were barely contained would-be rapists. (Lozen can read minds at times, and she "overhears" A LOT of "what I wouldn't do to her" thinking, which thankfully we are not given too much detail about). I'm tired of both of these tropes that haunt too much young adult fiction. Letting a female character have a little confidence in her looks as well as her abilities wouldn't end the world, guys. And male bad guys could want to inflict harm that isn't based on rape.

I enjoyed Lozen's use of the traditions of her people. Especially given the setting of a post-apocalyptic world where most technology has gone by the wayside, it made sense for our heroine to survive because she has an older skill set that is no longer valued by mainstream culture. It got a little mystical here and there for me, but YMMV. And given that most stories featuring Native American characters are as hard to read as Holocaust and slavery literature, I was glad to see something different in that regard.

The monster-hunting parts of the book were my favorites. But who doesn't like giant crocodiles or buffalo-armadillo hybrids? Some of the side quests got a little repetitive before we finally built to the ending, but I still enjoyed each one individually.

So, not as good as it could have been, but still refreshing on several fronts.
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"Specificity breeds universality." So much this!
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"I have a very strong belief that reading should be an act of love, of joy, of willing discovery. That when we force someone across the wrong literary threshold, we risk turning them away instead of ushering them through."

Loved this article about finding the right door into reading.
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#amreading #flashfiction I enjoyed this twist on a well known fairy tale. Makes this character much more interesting than she usually is to me.
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#dailylight Laughing with my family.

I almost cried from laughing twice today. Once in the pool during the "street fighter" Olympics we staged; once while playing Rock, Paper, Wizard. A good day indeed.
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I really enjoyed doing this interview with The Broad Life about my Menopausal Superheroes series. I hope you'll check it out.
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