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Still poking at Nexus Point.  No idea when it'll be done -- the fic seems to want to start fighting me right out of the starting gate.  I've had these characters in my head for years, so I guess I feel under a lot of pressure to get them exactly right on paper.  Hopefully I can do a decent job of it.

One of these days I need to buckle down and write my TF Halloween fic.  Every year I swear I'm going to write one, and every year I get distracted.  :giggle:  Maybe I'll take a pause after the next chapter of Nexus Point and get the thing written.  It'll be fairly short -- not a one-parter, but not epically long either -- so it shouldn't delay other writing too much.

And yes, I'm seriously pondering adding more to my To Fight Monsters one-shot.  Because Pacific Rim and One Piece have been eating my brain.  :giggle: 

So... in response to :iconauroralion:'s recent journal meme, I've decided to do a similar one that I swiped off Facebook.  Whereas hers was relating to video games, however, I've decided to do something completely different -- books.  :D  Because I read a lot more than I play video games.  :XD:

So without further ado... Fifteen Books That Will Always Stick With Me.  (These aren't necessarily books that are the best I've ever read, but that have made some sort of impact on me and are close to my heart for whatever reason.)

1.  Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
This isn't the first book in the Pern series, nor is it even the first in the Harper Hall of Pern books -- it's smack in the middle.  But it's the first book I picked up in the Dragonriders of Pern series, and it introduced me to a wide, epic world of heroic dragonriders and their telepathic beasts, and the world they defend.  And my grandfather was a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey, so reading and discussing the books was a way for us to bond when I was younger.  Both McCaffrey and my grandfather have since passed away, but the books remain very dear to me.

2.  The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Saying I grew up watching the movie based on this book is something of an understatement -- my siblings and I watched it so many times that we broke the tape.  :XD:  I still have it practically memorized, and the theme song can still move me near to tears.  Several years ago I finally got a chance to read the source material, and I'm hard-pressed to say whether I like the movie or the book better.  The movie is beautiful, but the book is gorgeously written, and deserves to be a classic.

3.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Of all the books I was required to read in high school, this one has to be my favorite.  That sounds like I'm damning it with faint praise, because I had to read some truly BORING books in high school, but Fahrenheit 451 really was a great book -- I ended up reading it in two days and the teacher made me re-read it along with the rest of the class.  Bradbury had a lyrical gift with words, and though he had a low opinion of mankind and much of his work has a sense of cynical bleakness, he was a master writer.  And despite the ridiculous premise of this book (firefighters no longer put out fires but instead burn books), it rather scarily predicted a LOT of things about our day.

4.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Much like The Last Unicorn above, I watched a movie based on this book countless time as a kid, and only recently got a chance to read the original book.  It's still a fun ride, though, an imaginative read that takes the main character through a world reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland if it were crossed over with a School House Rock special.  It's a delightful read, no matter what your age is.

5.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I ventured quite a ways out of my usual fantasy/sci-fi rut to read this, and I don't regret it at all.  It's well-deserving of the praise that's been heaped on it over the years, and despite the adventure-survival bent of the premise -- a boy stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger -- it's actually quite philosophical and thoughtful.  It was a good read and made me think, and resonates with truth in many of its philosophical portions.  And no, still haven't seen the movie...

6.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Pretty much "The 80s: The Novel."  It's a wild blend of cyberpunk-ish adventures in the virtual world, MMORPG elements, and a flood of trivia and cameo appearances by icons and mainstays of the 80s.  If you're a nerd of any sort, you'll love this book.  And I'll admit that I"m slightly disappointed that OASIS is a fictional concept...

7.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I didn't much care for the main characters of this book... but the world it portrayed is one that entranced me, and will stay with me for a long time.  I read this book mostly because I heard it was originally a NaNoWriMo project, and I wanted to see what kind of published works had come out of that project.  Pretty dang good ones, it appears...

8.  Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Yeah, it's technically a kid's book, but so what.  ;)  While at its heart it's a simple story about a boy who's charged with hatching a dragon's egg and taking care of the resulting dragonet, it's still unexpectedly moving and heartwarming.  I'm curious to see if this one could be made into a movie anytime soon...

9.  Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker
Who says science and paleontology have to be boring?  Written by a paleontologist who strove for scientific accuracy as he wrote, this is nonetheless a vastly entertaining story that takes place in the early Cretaceous, and follows a female Utahraptor as she struggles to survive in a turbulent world.  I've always had a bit of a soft spot for dinosaurs (as shown by my love for the Dinobots), and this book helped solidify it.

10.  Hyperion by Dan Simmons
I won't lie -- this is probably one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read.  It weaves together multiple tales to create a wide, unique, and fascinating universe with its own rich history and mythology, and creates one of the most terrifying and enigmatic antagonists I've ever seen in the Shrike.  The sequel was just as good, though sadly I couldn't get into the third book in the series, so I fear some of my questions will never be answered... but I guess that means I can use my own imagination to fill in the blanks.

11.  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Yes, that's an epically long title.  :XD:  This is one of the most creative and beautiful YA books I've read in a long time, and it feels like the author was trying to write in the same vein as Alice in Wonderland or The Phantom Tollbooth.  Valente's fairyland is a wild and crazy place, full of wordplay and unique twists on familiar concepts, and every time I visit via her books I find something new to enjoy.  I sure hope she's got another book planned in the series, however, the last book ended on a cliffhanger...

12.  The Long Walk by Stephen King
I'm not a huge horror fan, and I'd long sworn off reading anything by King -- too scary, I figured.  But I broke down and decided to give his works a chance, and boy, I'm glad I did.  The Long Walk in particular is a brutal but fascinating read, and its horror is derived more from exploring the psychological state of young men pushed to their absolute limits than anything supernatural.  King has a magnificent gift for writing, even if he chooses to use it for macabre subjects, and he's since become one of my favorite writers.

13.  Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater
Another book technically written for kids, this is still a lot of fun.  It's rather crazy in its content -- I swear the author must have been on drugs when he wrote it -- but its full of weird imagery that nonetheless stayed with me long after I read it, and the main character is one of the best child characters I've read in a book.  Again, I kind of wish there was a sequel, but that's up to the author, I guess.

14.  David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
With so many fantasy books choosing to focus on dragons, unicorns, werewolves, gryphons, and other more-popular fantasy critters, it was nice to see one centered on the Phoenix, which despite being a famous creature doesn't get a lot of attention in fantasy literature.  It's a classic story about a boy befriending a fantastic creature -- in this case a snarky know-it-all giant bird -- and trying to keep it safe from a greedy scientist, and while that plot's been done plenty of times before, it's still enjoyably told here.  And as much as I love dragons, it's nice to see a less popular creature get the spotlight.

15.  Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Anymore it's become more popular to parody and make fun of fairy tales than to simply retell them, and this book and others in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series do a fun job at that.  From the feisty heroine who hates being a princess and would rather go live with dragons to the witch who stubbornly refuses to conform to the stereotypical appearance and mannerisms of a witch, this book shamelessly lampoons every plot hole and gap in logic prevalent in classic fairy tales, and isn't above making fun of itself from time to time. 

I could probably come up with dozens more, but we'll start with this for now.  :giggle:  Hopefully this inspires some people to actually pick one of the above up and give it a read. 

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gottemsquickfoot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member
Hey' here's a few things of mine you might like both as a transformers fan and as a writer yourself.

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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, you sent me the TF OCs.  The Digimon ones... I confess I don't know much about Digimon, and it doesn't interest me much.  But thanks for sharing.
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gottemsquickfoot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member
I didn't expect you to be interested. I just thought some of the characters personalities would interest you which was I shared it with you.
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found this, and thought you'd like it.   :giggle:

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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Heee!  That's awesome. :D
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Cyber-Angel-Rowan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't see anything wrong with what you have. You've set the scene quite well, introduced each of the Firstforged and stated their overall problem. Wonder how the humans will react...
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.  :)  Any spelling/grammar issues I need to be aware of?
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Cyber-Angel-Rowan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nada. You've been doing this for some time, and I'd be surprised if there were.
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MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
You ok? You seem to have gone quite?
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm okay.  Just haven't had a chance to answer notes yet. 
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