30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 24 (A quote? how the hells am I supposed to choose just ONE?)

Best quote from a novel Oh my goddess, we have so many contenders for this post. I simply can’t list just one, unless I wanted to be funny. Contrary to my usual nature, I wish to share quotes that actually mean something to me. So, from the very talented Jacqueline Carey and her quite astounding literary masterpiece, Kushiel‘s Legacy, my favourite quotes from the Phedre Trilogy. We are all of these things […]. Pride, desire, compassion, cleverness, belligerence, fruitfulness, loyalty…and guilt. But above it all stands love. And if we desire to be more than human, that is the

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 21 (more Kushiel spoilers, be warned)

Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships) Phedre/Joscelin, Kushiel Series. I would classify them as a romantic relationship between a sexual and asexual person. Yes, they make love, and yes, Joscelin enjoys it — but he’s still pretty asexual. You can be asexual and enjoy sex. It’s just…not necessary for life. Sexual people (like Phedre, and the writer of this blog) need sex. It is a physical need. Phedre needs something a step further — she needs BDSM sex, because she’s an anguissette. (This is [part of] why she becomes Namaah’s Servant again in the second book, and why

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 20 (good porn has kissing in it)

Favorite kiss Kushiel’s Avatar. Ok, there’s a lot of kissing in the Kushiel Series. The series is pretty much porn, with hefty amounts of romance and mysticism thrown in (any wonder why I love it so much?), and it’s fantastically written. Anyway. [SPOILER ALERT] Later on in the book, Joscelin and Phedre (and Imriel) are on their way to find the Name of God so Phedre can save Hyacinth from his fate. She and Joscelin are having issues in their relationship because of their experience in Daršanga. When Joscelin and Imriel are fishing, Joscelin catches a large fish and

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 19 (more talking about porn–I mean, the Kushiel series)

Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!) Kushiel’s Chosen. The second book in the series, it’s the one where we get to see Phedre’s marque in full on the cover. The previous cover showed a profile shot of her, which had only part of the marque. (Also…I’m not too fond of her face in the first cover (and the third). They don’t fit with what my head came up with, and there’s a certain amount of cognitive dissonance there. In general I prefer when the main character’s faces are not depicted at all — or at least

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30 in 30: Day 03 (in which I review PORN — I mean, part of the Kushiel series)

The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months This one is harder to answer because I’ve read fewer books in the past year than I usually have. (Yes, you read that right.) Most of the books I’ve read have been non-fiction, which usually means that I haven’t actually finished them yet. And I have trouble picking a non-fiction book as the “best” that I’ve read, because that’s not how I measure their worth — I measure their worth in how USEFUL they are to me (also what KIND of useful — Silver RavenWolf’s books are good as