Comparative Fantasy: On Rothfuss, Abercrombie, Sanderson, and Robertson

Comparative Fantasy: On Rothfuss, Abercrombie, Sanderson, and Robertson

Each and every morning, I hop into my car and drive 45 miles to the office and spend a minimum of an hour if I'm lucky. Double that for the return home, five days per week, and I get a solid 10-15 hours weekly with my trusty Audible subscription. When I first started this heavy commute four years ago, I was overambitious and tried to listen to heavy nonfiction titles, only to find that some topics just don't keep me awake enough at 6 am. After much searching, I discovered that the best books for commuting were 1950s robot-heavy sci fi (Asimov FTW!) and contemporary fantasy. Being relatively new to fantasy, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and feel generally a bit late to the party. That being said, not all were created equal.

Below are four series that I began and/or finished in the past year and just some of my thoughts about them. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I am purposely a bit vague about the plot lines but do hope that you will check them out on your own and let me know what you think. Remember: these are all just the opinions of one guy.

These 12 Bookmarks Can Get Between My Sheets Any Day

These 12 Bookmarks Can Get Between My Sheets Any Day

Any given day, I am probably in the middle of at least 3 books. Today, I can confidently say that something's holding my place in "The Worm Ouroboros", "The Table Comes First", and "Dune Messiah" until I get back to each one in turn. And, apart from my own #TreatYourShelf bookmarks, I'm always scrambling for scraps of paper, business cards, and old receipts to mark pages. As a semi-professional reader (not really but I can pretend), it feels like I should maybe stock up on some legit bookmarks. Below are some legit ones I found across Etsy that seemed worth sharing.

New 99¢ Auctions : Mockingbird, Wheel of Time, Rage, Rubaiyat, & Robinson Crusoe [SOLD]

New 99¢ Auctions : Mockingbird, Wheel of Time, Rage, Rubaiyat, & Robinson Crusoe [SOLD]

Christmas and New Years Eve have passed. Valentine's Day has come and gone. Unless you work for the post office, you probably don't even have a long weekend coming up until Memorial Day. How will we all survive??? Well, I'm here to help bring some excitement with a little retail therapy. I browsed my shelves and picked a few choice titles to offer up for auction. Why pay full price when you could get a steal on a collector's piece like one of the books below? If you don't see what you want, check out the rest of the books in my collection as well.

How to Stock Your Shelves on Black Friday: A Book Lover's Guide

How to Stock Your Shelves on Black Friday: A Book Lover's Guide

Thanksgiving is a day for appreciating all that you have, immediately followed by Black Friday - a day for feeling like you can never have enough. A bit cynical? Nah, not really. If sellers are willing to put stuff on sale, it makes sense for all of us buyers to wait for that day and then load up. While it's a great day to start knocking things off your Christmas list, it's also a great day to be a little selfish and treat your shelf to some nice new (old?) things. I've pulled together a list of the best places for the book lovers to load up on solid discounts the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Triberr Tribes With the Greatest Reach

Triberr Tribes With the Greatest Reach

One of the ways I disseminate my book-related content is through a social sharing platform called Triberr. For those of you not familiar with the site, it essentially is a way to connect with other publishers of similar content for the purpose of cross-sharing to each other's social media channels. This post is not about convincing you to use it or anything like that; rather, it is in response to my own inability to find the answer to a simple question: "Which tribes on Triberr have the greatest reach?"