Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blogiversary: Top Sci-fi

Now we're on to sci-fi books. You can access these books, along with others and some generic articles by clicking on the "science fiction" link in the left hand column, or by clicking the "science fiction" tag at the bottom of this article. 

Number 3: Knox's Irregulars, by J. Wesley Bush

This one is worth the read if you enjoy sci-fi military action with a dash of faith and sprinkle of humor. While it wasn’t my favorite, it still makes for a good book if your TBR pile is shrinking too rapidly.

Number 2: Firebird, by Kathy Tyers

First off, how have I not gotten around to book two yet? This is a serious problem.

Secondly, this is a good sci-fi novel with some epic space battles and balanced with good character development. The worldbuilding is excellent, but it's number two for being a little difficult to get into.

Number 1: A Star Curiously Singing, by Kerry Nietz

The wit and character voice in this story catapulted it into first place, even though it isn't as heavy on the action as the above books. Sandfly's sense of humor is spot on. The book couples great world-building with this for a nice read.

Honorable Mention:

The Word Reclaimed, by Steve Rzasa
-I'd like to revisit this series. The political intrigue at the end was interesting, but it needed just a little more to get it into the top three.

Talon's Test and the Shield of Faith, by Nicholas Downing
-This was my first book review, so of course it should be mentioned!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Blogiversary: Top Middle Grade Books

Hey, look at this! I've been blogging a year as of this week. In celebration, I'll be sharing some of my favorite books in various categories. Today, we tackle Middle Grade books. I included books that easily stood alone or the first book in a series for consideration. You can find more books by typing "Middle Grade" into the search bar at the top of the page.

Number 3: Kingdom's Edge, by Chuck Black 

While this is the third book in an allegorical fantasy series, this book stands alone nicely. It's a 5/5 for the age group. Adult readers may find the plot and characters a little shallow, but it's still enjoyable. 

You can also find my review for the first two books in the series here. 

Number 2: Spirit Fighter, by Jerel Law

A fun urban fantasy for younger grade readers with strong spiritual themes, this one was my number 2 pick for this year in Middle Grade. Older readers may not enjoy it as much, but I think it's still worth a read. 

Number 1: Dreamtreaders, by Wayne Thomas Batson

This one might edge over into "teen" a little bit, but it's definitely my top pick for younger readers. The character development is more substantive than the other books, which would make it enjoyable for older readers as well. Plus, the idea of travelling between worlds in your dreams is pretty sweet. 

Honorable Mention:

Kiriath's Quest, by Rick Barry.
-While it's a nice quest-style story, this one just didn't stick with me as much as the others did. It would be suitable for middle-grade readers looking for an easy fantasy read.

One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul.
-This one almost edged out Kingdom's Edge for number three. The length might be discouraging to readers at the younger edge of this age range, but it's definitely a fun read.

Well, that's the end of day one of the blogiversary extravaganza! Tomorrow, we'll cover sci-fi. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Fiction Fix: "The 13th Tribe"

The Short:

The 13th Tribe
Immortal Files, #1

By: Robert Liparulo

5/5 Stars

What: The Tribe has been seeking out sinners and meting out justice for thousands of years, but this plan might push things too far.

Recommended to those who like: Thriller, (sci-fi?), Christian, Darker Stories

Not recommended to those who dislike: Stronger violence

The Long:

To start out, I don’t know how to classify this book. Thriller doesn’t quite cut it because there’s speculative weirdness of Biblical proportions happening. But it’s not fantasy—though it involves swords and immortal people. And it’s not quite sci-fi—though it involves invisibility suits.Regardless of what it is, I liked it. And I thought you guys might like it, too, so I figured I’d share.

The Tribe used to be part of the nation of Israel—until they worshipped the golden calf in the shadow of Mount Sinai. Their punishment? Immortality and a futile, never-ending attempt to regain God’s favor by killing sinners that the law can’t control. This next project might be their ticket out. Or, it might ensure their eternal damnation.

Jagger used to be a man of faith—until he lost his arm and his best friend in a horrendous drunk-driving accident. When he crosses paths with the Tribe, will they confirm his suspicions that God is a spiteful entity?

First off, the theological questions raised by this book were magnificent. Is salvation by grace or works? How can a loving God exact justice? It also leaves the questions open-ended and doesn’t come across as trite or preachy in its answers.

The premise of this story was also excellent. I mean, “Immortal vigilantes from the time of Moses have planned the unthinkable.” That excerpt from the back pretty much hooked me out of curiosity.

Although Jagger wasn’t the deepest character I’ve ever met (something about him felt a bit distant), I loved the questions that he struggled with. The Tribe was loveable and despicable at the same time.

The book was action-packed, though it took a while for me to really become invested in the story. Once it got going, it was really good. The plot twists at the end kept me guessing. *Pounds head into keyboard repeatedly*. Don’t read this book late at night unless you plan on staying up to finish it.

My main warning about this book is how dark it was. If you’re sensitive in regards to violence, this is not the book for you.

Bottom Line: A good, speculative twist on the thriller genre, this book would be an appropriate pick for mature readers who would like to delve into some serious questions of faith.

Does this book fit into Speculative Fiction? How would you categorize it?

I will be slow to respond to comments this weekend. See you Monday for the start of the Blogiversary Celebration!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reality, Meet Fiction: Careers

Someone working 40 hours per week (standard here in the U.S.) spends approximately one quarter of their time at work, meaning that it's a substantial pull on their time. Their life at work affects their outlook, their income (and thus living conditions), habits, perspective on life, personal hygiene, schedule, and more.

people, coffee, working
Credit to Pexels; Eric Bailey
Some jobs are considered "good" jobs--whether because of pay, flexibility, or other benefits. Other jobs may be considered "bad" jobs or have a stigma attached to them, sometimes in spite of good pay. For example, here in the U.S. we have a "skills gap" where fewer and fewer young people are entering into the skilled trades--such as welding and electrical work. As the group of workers in these jobs approaches retirement, there's a real demand for the jobs.These jobs pay fairly well--especially when considering the lower educational investment cost for them--but are often seen as less desirable. The educational system has also shifted to preparing students for four-year college degrees, rather than vocational school, further exacerbating the problem. (Check out this article from Forbes if you'd like to learn more).

Jobs also have health risks and unique hazards associated with them. For example, many men and women who worked in factories have hearing loss or lung problems associated with their jobs.

If you're basing your Fantasy story in historical reality, remember that the majority of your population will (most likely) be employed in agricultural work. These societies also tended to be more rigorously structured and stratified into distinct social classes.

However, that doesn't mean that you can't have fun with your historically-based characters. Is there a stigma attached to being a wizard? What are the occupational hazards for being a bard? Is there a guild that shopkeepers have to belong to in order to keep their business open?

And, since it's fantasy, you can always change up the rules. What if magic beans take care of themselves, allowing for more specialization in society and less time being spent on agriculture? What if farmers are held in high esteem, instead of being looked down upon?

I think careers are where steam punk could be really fun as a genre. Blending old-style technology and new concepts could be interesting.

What jobs are available to your futuristic characters? Are they like the Jetsons, where they only have to work a few hours a day? Are there masses of unemployed people looking for jobs because machines do most of the work? Do people have more leisure time?

Do people who work with their hands seem less intelligent? What jobs are held in high esteem? Are there "rival" jobs created as one type of job replaces another?

Fun Facts
-Many hatters (hat-makers) in the 1800's suffered from mercury poisoning (which can cause neurological problems) as a result of their work. This may have given rise to the phrase, "As mad as a hatter".
-The Discovery Channel had an entire show called Dirty Jobs devoted to disgusting and undesirable jobs that are necessary for society to function. It makes for some great inspiration.
-In the middle ages, one guild for shoemakers required that nails be pounded into the bottom of a show only three times. Pounding in a nail more times was possible cause for dismissal from the guild.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Samara's Peril Blog Tour: Author Interview and Book Review

Please welcome Jaye L. Knight, creator of the Ilyon Chronicles! She's here as part of her blog tour for her release of Samara's Peril, which is book 3 in the series. 

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Which of the Ilyon Chronicles was the hardest to write and why?

Well, I have yet to write the final book, but right now I would say book four. I got really frustrated while writing it, and it took longer than the others. The funny thing is though, now that it’s written, it’s my darling. I adore it and can’t imagine why it was so difficult.

I see you have your own imprint for your books. What made you decide on the indie publishing route and what makes it rewarding?

I didn’t really have a choice in the beginning. I wanted to publish, but I had no idea how to go about it. Originally, I published my first book through a self-publishing company. I wouldn’t make that choice again now, but I learned a lot from the experience. It taught me enough to pursue indie publishing completely on my own. Now that I’ve sort of learned the ins and outs, I’m very happy with where I am. I love having control over the entire process. That way I know I can work on a book until I’m completely happy. Plus, I just could never work under strict deadlines. I have a hard enough time actively writing as it is. Throw in a set deadline by a publishing company, and I would probably just fall apart. :P

You describe yourself as a "shameless tea addict". What's your favorite type of tea?

It used to be English Breakfast tea, but then I tried Irish Breakfast tea and fell in love with it. I have at least a mug of it every day.

What's your favorite part of writing Christian books?

The hope that is in them. Even when things are at their very worst, there is hope in the fact that God works all things together for good. That hope is missing in non-Christian books. Like The Hunger Games, for instance. Part of the reason I found them so depressing was because there was no hope. No strength they could reach out to, no faith they could hold on to.

And finally, if you could master any fantasy skill/weapon what would it be and why? 

A sword, most definitely. :) I’ve always wanted to learn how to wield a sword. My brother was always more the archer type, but for some reason I always loved the hand-to-hand combat in swordplay. There’s something really epic about skilled swordsmen/women.

Thanks for taking the time out for an interview!

Book Review: Samara's Peril

The Short:

Samara’s Peril
Ilyon Chronicles, Book 3

By: Jaye L. Knight

4/5 Stars

What: When the Resistance discovers that Samara is Emperor Daican’s next target, they spring into action. And who is the stranger called Elon?

Recommended to those who like: Fantasy, Christian, a bit of romance, and have read books 1 and 2.

The Long:

It was my pleasure to receive an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Jaye for being awesome and interviewing with us today! Now, let’s hear a little bit about her new release. I’ve tried to keep it spoiler-free in regards to both Resistance and The King’s Scrolls.

Kyrin and her friends embark on a dangerous journey to obtain Daican’s plans for Samara, the neighboring kingdom that still largely follows Elom. More secrets than just his plans come to light, however. Can Jace come to grips with new secrets from his past? And is the healer Elon the one who was promised?

I really wish that I could have given this book five stars. However, the beginning was a bit…scattered. I felt really disconnected from Kyrin and it was hard to keep track of all the minor characters (it’s been a while since I’ve read the other books in the series).

Yet, some aspects of the book were stellar. Jace is still one of my favorite characters--from any book series. He feels real. Also, hats off to Ms. Knight for some fantastic dragon battle scenes at the end. The action sucked me right in.

In spite of some of the hiccups with this book, I’m really excited for the next book in the series. The ending to this one had me worried for a few pages, but I was very pleased with where it left off. There’s a promise of some more great action in the next installment.

As always, Ms. Knight offered a thoughtful Christian message, though some readers might find it a little strong. This book also gets into a little romance.

Bottom Line: Samara’s Peril, while a weaker installment in the series, has a lot to offer to fans of Christian fantasy, including a nice lead into the next book. 

U.S. Residents, be sure to check out the cool giveaway associated with the book!

There will be no Friday Fiction Fix tomorrow due to today's post. See you on Tuesday!

Have you checked out any new releases lately? 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Reality, Meet Fiction: Disease

Okay, so it's time to kick off a new post series! In this one, I'm going to be discussing different things in everyday life that could be used to liven up a story a little. Hopefully I'll come up with something original every now and again. 

As most of us know, disease can take many forms, from the plague to botulism to polio to influenza to the common cold to cancer. Some are contagious between people, some are genetic, and some can be contracted through food or contact with infected animals. Some diseases are considered normal or insignificant, such as acne, while others, like lung cancer, may have a stigma attached, due to the lifestyle that likely caused it.

Diseases have a phenomenal impact on society--they shape whole professions, spawn branches of government, drive demand for products, and create events such as fundraisers and public awareness campaigns, even when there's not an epidemic at the time.

Epidemics can create fear, re-direct entire economies, and impose crippling trade and travel restrictions.

If you're working with a fantasy-style world, you have endless possibilities for diseases and plenty of help from historical examples. Quarantine tactics? Check out ancient practices regarding leprosy. How trade can impact the spread of disease? Look no further than the plague. (Liz might be happy to talk to you about it).

Old fashioned medicine/home remedies and ancient ideas of medicine are also interesting, but I think we'll save those for another day.

Just because you're working with a more contemporary or futuristic world doesn't mean that you get to miss out on the fun. What new or emerging diseases are there? How will this affect your world and your characters' journey? Are antibiotics still effective, or do they work against too few pathogens to be of use?

Disease Fun Facts
-Rabies travels from the site of entrance to the brain along nerves at a rate of about 3mm a day, but no symptoms are shown until it reaches the brain.
-According to the CDC, there were at least 15 cases of the plague in the U.S. last year.
-According to MythBusters, sneezes only travel about 30-40 miles per hour, not the 100 mph typically cited.

Friday Fiction Fix will be on Thursday this week and will feature a special interview with Christian Fantasy author Jaye L. Knight. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Fiction Fix: Auralia's Colors

The Short:

Auralia’s Colors
The Auralia Thread, Book 1

By: Jeffrey Overstreet

5/5 Stars (And Going on the Favorites Shelf)

What: In a society where only the privileged are allowed to wear bright colors, an orphan is about to change everything.

Recommended to those who like: Fantasy, loosely Christian, darker stories

The Long:

I borrowed this book from the library a few years ago and loved it. I couldn’t recall exactly what it was about when I came across it in a local used bookstore, but I sprung for it. To my delight, I enjoyed it just as much as (if not more than) the last time I had read it.

Auralia is an orphan with mysterious origins. Taken in by the outcast “Gatherers” of the city, she seems to be an odd bird. She’s always wandering through the woods, gathering brightly colored objects to make gifts for her friends. This colorful habit gets her into trouble with the law, as only the royal family is allowed to wear colors. But she’s determined to teach House Abascar something that even she doesn’t fully understand.

Okay, so it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but I ask you to give it a chance if you’re a fan of fantasy. We have strange beasts, magical powers, and some good world-building. While I wouldn’t call myself “close” to Auralia, the supporting cast of characters is extraordinarily vibrant and very human.
The story’s a bit slow at the start and Mr. Overstreet’s writing style does take a little while to adapt to. 

However, the action picks up about halfway through and everything starts to click together.
One of the other reasons I like this story is that it provides an interesting perspective on greed and materialism. It isn’t preachy, but it certainly made me think about what I value most. There are also some other themes involved, like the importance of art. I look forward to reading the next book and seeing how those plot threads are developed.

The Christian element to this story is rather minimal and I don’t know that I would have called it Christian, save for the fact that it’s published by a Christian publisher. I would recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of fantasy (this probably wouldn’t be a good intro story for someone who isn’t already a fantasy fan), doesn’t mind some darker elements, and is open to a different writing style.

I wish I could provide a more in depth review for the book, but I don’t want to give too much away. If you do pick it up, go into it with an open mind and don’t expect it to be your “normal” Christian book.

Bottom Line: A good pick for fantasy fans who are open to trying a new author with a new style. 

Have you read any books lately that didn’t fit into the typical mold for the genre? Did you like it?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Infinity Dreams Award

Thanks to Victoria over at The Endless Oceans of my Mind for the tag! This one seemed like fun, so here goes nothing!

Answer 11 Questions
Write 11 Questions
Tag 11 People

Who is your favorite superhero and why? 
So, the archery part of me says the Green Arrow, though part of me also dislikes him for betraying the recurvers and going over to the dark side of the compound bow. I also love Felicity in the TV series. Plus, it's sort of cool that he's a more or less "ordinary" guy and he's just out to save his city.

However, I also just watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I have to say, I love Cap's morals. And his wit. He's a guy who has great standards, but still has to deal with when some of them come into conflict, which I love.

If you had a whole day to yourself to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
That depends largely on the day. Some of my favorite things to do are read, go for walks with my dog, do outdoorsy stuff with my family, swim, and do crafts.

Favourite Book of 2015?
Since I'm stealing this from Victoria, I'll keep the British spelling, even though it doesn't look right to my American eyes.

This is a really difficult one to pick. I think I'm going to go with A Cast of Stones, by Patrick W. Carr, since it looks the best off of my Good Reads favorites list that I read in 2015. In the non-fiction realm, I'm going to go with C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. 

If you could live anywhere outside of your country, where would you live?
This one is really difficult for me, as I've never been outside of my country. I'm going to go with Rohan.

Which genre do you write in the most?
It's probably a tie between dystopian and fantasy if you count all the drafts I've done on Crossfire and Crossroads and figure in the editing I've done. If you look at purely fresh material, fantasy probably wins by a hair, though I've done significantly less editing on those projects.

What's your favorite way to spend your evenings?
It differs whether I'm at college or home. At home, either reading/spending time with my family or shooting my bow outdoors. At college, reading or hanging out with a friend, especially if hanging out includes the bookstore or a hockey game.

Which accomplishment are you most proud of? 
Again, that's a difficult question to answer. Partly, I have a hard time deciding between various aspects of my life, but also because I'm one of those people who has a hard time sitting back and feeling satisfied with something.

I would say making the archery team at my university this year. I've only been shooting about a year and a half, so it was a huge deal for me to make it onto the competitive team. At the end of the year, I was voted "Most Improved", and that meant a lot to me.

If you could time travel (but not to the future), where and when would you go?
 Ack, another tough one. I'm going to say the signing of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 in Philadelphia.

Briefly describe a usual day for you. 
I'll do a college Monday, as all I've done at home so far is lay around being sick.

Wake up at 6:30, be to the cafeteria when it opens at 7, wolf down some breakfast, and bike the mile to class. Change into my scrubs and chat with some of my classmates in the locker room, freak out over something I forgot to study for my morning quiz, and walk down to our classroom.

At 8, our morning dentistry quiz, and then we get our patients for the day, typically a beagle-mix dog that's stinky but super friendly. We give them their pre-dental cleaning exam, then go to one of our teachers for drug doses so we can knock them out and clean their teeth. Once they're groggy, we take them into the surgery suite, place a catheter, and then put them on anesthetic gas. At this point, I either help to clean the dog's teeth or monitor them while they're under.

Once their teeth are clean and they're back up and walking, we clean up our area and walk back upstairs, change, and eat some lunch. I typically chat with one of my classmates or work on homework. Then, I have Parasitology and Careers lectures. The first is interesting, the second, not so much.

I bike back to the dorm and, if I'm having a good day, work on homework for about an hour. If I'm lazy, I stare at the ceiling, trying to find motivation. Then it's time to eat a rushed dinner and go to History evening lecture. I work on homework for a little while, shower, and then read a bit before bed.

Okay, so that probably wasn't too brief. But there's a day in the life of a second year vet tech student.

Who is your favourite fictional character?
I'm going to have to go with Meg Murray, from A Wrinkle in Time. She's so imperfect and loveable. Her heart's in the right place, but she can't find a happy medium to save her life.

My 11 Questions:
1. What book are you currently reading and do you like it so far?
2. If you could live in any kingdom/place from a book, what would it be?
3. What was the most recent movie you saw in theaters?
4. What's one movie you really want to see, but haven't gotten around to it yet?
5. What's your dream job?
6. If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
7. If you could learn any language, what would you learn?
8.What band/ musical artist have you most recently discovered?
9. What's your favorite music to read or write to?
10. If you write, what's the best character name you've ever come up with? If you only read, what's the best book character name you've come across?
11. (The deepest question of all, right here, folks): What's your favorite color?

Thanks for reading! Feel free to steal the tag or answer some of the questions below!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer Goals

But first, a note on Camp NaNoWriMo:

Well, NaNo didn't quite go as planned. You can pretty much see where I had a paper due or an exam to take when you look at my stats graph:

Now that exams are over, I'm looking forward to putting some serious elbow grease into Crossfire and cranking out the rough draft. The snowflake method has been helping me a lot so far, but we'll wait until it's all written to make a final verdict on whether I like it or not. 

Although I'm taking a summer class and working over the next few months, one of my summer goals is to make writing a daily, intentional activity. My summer goals are to finish my Crossfire re-write, do a rough edit on Fractures, and do a macroedit on Crossfire. After that, I'd like to brainstorm/plot out a new story or (if I'm not too burnt out on editing) do a microedit on something. 

The blog should be an exciting place, as well. On May 19th, author Jaye L. Knight will be stopping by for an interview as part of her Samara's Peril Blog Tour. I'll also be doing a review of the book, so if you're interested in Christian Fantasy, you might want to pick up Resistance, which is the first book in the series. 

Then, the week of May 30th, I'll be celebrating the blog's first anniversary with extra posts! 

Finally, I'll be starting a new post series this summer on world building. Once I get an idea of how much work my summer class will be, I may decide to go to a three-days-a-week posting schedule. I'll keep you posted on that. (Pun may or may not have been intended.)

Anything you'd like to see as part of the blogiversary? 

Do you have any new goals you're pursuing? 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Fiction Fix: "Spirit Fighter"

Image result for spirit fighterIt seems I survived exams. How about a fun read for today? 

The Short:

Spirit Fighter
Son of Angels, Book 1

By: Jerel Law

5/5 Stars

What: A brother and sister find out that they’re one-quarter angel and that they’re the ones God has chosen to rescue their kidnapped mother.

Recommended to those who like: Middle grade, Christian, Urban Fantasy, Spiritual Warfare

The Long:

I went into this book looking for a brief reprieve after some heavier reading for college. I was pleasantly surprised by how well written it was. While the book is targeted for middle-grade readers (the main characters are in middle school/upper elementary), I think it’s easily enjoyable by adults and teens who are looking for an easy read.

Jonah Stone is your ordinary seventh grader, being picked on by bullies and trying to make the basketball team. But when he learns that he’s one-quarter angel and his mom is kidnapped, will he and his brainiac sister learn to rely on God for protection?

You really have to be looking for a Christian read going into this one; it focuses a lot on the Armor of God, the power of prayer, and spiritual warfare. However, the action is well written and the descriptions of places and creatures are excellent.

If you can’t bring yourself to read this one on your own, find someone you can read it to or with. It’s a nice, lighter read with some deeper spiritual truths in it.

What’s the last middle grade book you read?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Guest Post: To the Books Which Are Forgotten

Thank you to the lovely Victoria Jackson, who greatly reduced my stress level today by doing a guest post for me. She writes at The Endless Oceans of my Mind about movies, books, and her life in Canada and Australia. (In other words, you should totally check it out if you haven't already. After you read this post, of course).

 I'll be returning with a Friday Fiction Fix later this week. Hopefully I'll have caught up with some sleep by then. 


I read this book the other day called Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. This girl named Liz is killed by a taxi and wakes up on a cruise ship, the SS Nile. When they arrive on shore, she discovers she's at this place called Elsewhere, the afterlife where you arrive by the cruise ship, get a job, meet other people who've died and make new friends. You age backwards from the day you die, and when you're a week old you're sent back to earth to be reborn.

I've never seen it mentioned anywhere on the blogosphere (but that could have been because it was published in 2005. Apparently it was critically acclaimed, but I've still never heard of it). I've never read a review on it, I've never had it recommended to me, I've never met another person who's read it. (The only reason I read it was because it was culled from my library and I found it in a "Free Books" pile, sandwiched between a health food book from the last century and another book on teenage mental health from five million years ago. Only one person had taken it out from the library, judging from the stamp in the back.) 

And I really liked it. It was interesting and a quick read and it made me feel good. It was sad and beautiful and it meant something, and it made me happy. The characters were great and it was such a beautiful twist on life. But it's been forgotten. 

That made me wonder about all of those good books which have been forgotten. There are so many more books out there than can possibly be read, and we can never remember them all. There are so many good books that authors have poured their hearts and souls into, and they've been burned for politics or dropped in the cull pile because no one borrowed them from the library or didn't get enough hype so they fizzled out and died. There are good books which have been lost because other books were better or because their covers weren't very good, or because a thousand years ago the scroll fell off the wagon and landed in the river or have accidentally been put on the bottom shelf and collected dust for too many years. 

So here's to you. Here's to the books which have been forgotten. 

Have you read any forgotten books? If you could chose one book to bring back into the limelight, which one would it be?