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WWW Wednesday 27th January 2016

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WWW Wednesday

I joined in for the first time two weeks ago and am so glad that I did, because the community for this is amazing <3 Book people are good people.

Sometimes my reading time is limited so instead of posting every week I’ll do it every two weeks, so you don’t have to read the same update twice! πŸ™‚ Depending on the length of some of the books I want to read I might not even manage that.

All posts will be in the same category as my reviews – Books I Love

All links will get you the book’s Goodreads listing.

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What I’m currently reading

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Warheart

I’m not very far into this book yet since I only started it last Saturday, so I won’t say much today. It’s been a fantastic adventure since Wizard’s First Rule, and while I know I’ll miss my favourites (if they are still alive by the end of this book) I’m looking forward to meeting new characters, too. It’s been an awesome, long ride and I can’t wait/am reluctant to see how it all ends.

Do NOT read the blurb if you don’t want to spoil things the way I’ve spoiled it for myself! Just keep scrolling! Ignore that it’s there!

Blurb:

Soulmates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan’s destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard’s First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier – suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge.

She must fight for Richard’s very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending. Desperate sacrifices are required. This is the final battle in a war three-millennia old, a war that saw the Sword of Truth forged, a war that could mean the end, not only of their lives, but of their world.

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Self-Printed

With the release of my first novel just around the corner (no, it’s not that close… May is still a long way off, right? RIGHT?) I figured it couldn’t hurt to read through this again. I believe the picture here is from the copy we’ve got in my library, but I’ve bought my own copy since then which is more up to date and just as great a read. I’ve got a thing for books which make me laugh and educate me!

Blurb:

Do you think that no one has the right to stand between you and your published writer dreams? That the publishing industry is going down in flames and self-publishers are going to rise like a 99c phoenix from the ashes? That all literary agents are interested in doing is blogging sarcastically about the rhetorical question at the start of your query letter, that editors will just use your submitted manuscript for kindling and that you’ll be senile before you hear back from either of them? That once you’ve uploaded the book you finished yesterday afternoon to Amazon, it’ll be mere minutes before the money starts rolling in and you can quit your day job? Do you say things likegatekeepers, The Big Six, Dan Brown, legacy publishing and indie authors a lot? Are you self-publishing to “show them all”?Β Β Β If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions then I do apologise, but this isn’t the book for you.Β Β 

This book is for writers who consider self-publishing to be a good Plan B, or even a sideline to traditional publication. Who want to do it the cheapest and easiest way possible while still producing a quality product. Who understand that much like Starbucks outlets and Nespresso coffee machines, traditional and self-publishing can peacefully co-exist. Who know that they don’t have to sell a million copies of their book to start earning a living from their writing, but that they do have to work hard and treat it like a business. Who are blessed with common sense and live in the real world at least most of the time. Who find my jokes funny.Β Β If this sounds like you, then SELF-PRINTED: THE SANE PERSON’S GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING may be just the “How To…” guide you were looking for. It will tell you everything you need to know in order to publish a Print On Demand paperback and e-book, and – crucially – sell them, without sounding like anti-Big Publishing propaganda produced by the Ministry of Truth.Β Β Be warned: you are now entering a No Saying “Gatekeepers” Zone… Β Visit SelfPrintedbook.com to see the full table of contents.Β Β 

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What I recently finished reading

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Severed Souls

The full review will follow tomorrow so I won’t say much here, but I loved Severed Souls. So, so much. After the two books before this one I was a little reluctant, but Goodkind has smashed my expectations. It felt like one of his books again, the characters felt whole again, and I found it hard to put this one down.

 

Blurb:

From the far reaches of the D’Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved β€˜half-people’ into the Empire’s heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living.

Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives…sooner rather than later.

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What I think I’ll read next

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The Name of the Wind

This was a Christmas gift from a close friend who knows what I love, so I’m really excited to start reading. I don’t know anything about it besides what the blurb says, but I trust her judgement πŸ™‚ (THANK YOU, SARAH!!)

Blurb:

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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26 Comments

  1. I’ll be looking for a book just like Self-Printed when the time comes for me to self-publish (assuming that the major publishing houses won’t end up in a six-figure bidding war for my book – haha!). So it’s good to know you’ve read it more than once. Even though I’ve read quite a bit about the self-publishing process on blogs of writers who have gone through it, I still feel like there’s just too much information and I’d like a “self-publishing for dummies” style guide with bulletpoints πŸ™‚
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/www-wednesday-27th-january-2016/

    • That’s the book you want, then ^^ It’s very well written – I love books which are informative as well as hilarious! It’s a great guide, I know you’d find it useful πŸ™‚ I can’t recommend it enough!

  2. God, those fantasy reads are very tempting and I might have to break my swear to finish my www to-reads. The Name of the Wind is especially pulling me just by reading the blurb.

    And hey, congratulations on your book! You people make me look at myself and think ‘I could be that person if I just started writing this bloody book’

    • Well, then, go ahead and just start writing that bloody book! You couldn’t be in a more supportive or more wonderful community for it.
      I can’t recommend the Terry Goodkind ones enough. The first one is Wizards First Rule, as I’ve probably mentioned too often on this blog. Let me know if you give them a try πŸ™‚

  3. I received Name of the Wind for Christmas two years ago and I’ve been postponing reading it only because I don’t like having too many series going at once (right now I’m trying to finish 6 separate ones :P). I can’t wait to get to it and can’t wait to hear what you think about it πŸ™‚
    I hope Self-Printed proves insightful.

    • If I hadn’t received it as a Christmas present I might have postponed as well. It’s a long book so I know it’ll take me a while to get through but from what I’ve heard it’ll be worthwhile πŸ™‚
      How are you reading six separate series at once?? How do you manage?
      Self-printed is definitely insightful. I borrowed an older version from my library last year but it was so useful I bought my own (updated copy) It’s been a while since I read the whole thing, though, so I want to refresh my memory πŸ™‚

      • Not at once. I could never read more than one book at a time, but I’m working my way through 6 series (Outlander, Odd Thomas, Clifton Chronicles, Discworld, The Accursed Kings & The Dark Tower). I’m almost done 3 of them. I’ll start a new series when one of these is done πŸ™‚

    • I have heard good things since I got it as well, I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚ Happy reading!

  4. Name of the Wind was really fun, and took me far less time to read than I expected it to. The only problem with starting that series is that it isn’t over yet, and no one really knows when it will be, so everyone is sort of hanging :/
    Here’s my WWW

    • I didn’t realise it was a series! Given how thick it is I thought it would take me a while to get through it but it sounds like it might be a relatively fast read after all πŸ™‚ It’s a shame when you really enjoy a series but there’s no news about when the next book will be out :/
      Happy reading!

  5. That’s silly that the blurb ruins a person’s perspective on the book – not cool!

    Ha. I remember reading Terry Goodwin after having a crush on someone who liked him. It’s an interesting genre(, but epics aren’t for me). Happy you’re enjoying him so far!

    Happy Wednesday!

    • Now that I’m half-way through (or nearly, anyway) I know that the blurb didn’t really spoil anything after all, but I didn’t know that before. I know that blurbs of prequels can’t be completely spoiler free, but this was a big one :/ Or rather, it seemed like it.
      Happy reading! πŸ™‚

  6. I mainly read romance, but I do love a good fantasy novel when I’m not. Often veering towards fantasy romance. I planned to get a self-publishing novel to help with some of the stuff I’m not sure about (three books later lol) but I’ll have to check that one you’re reading out! Thanks for this!

    • It’s a very useful one and has set my mind at ease about a lot of things. I think I should be all right and not mess up too badly as long as I follow the instructions!
      I don’t normally read romance but it’s always a good idea to read outside your usual genre, and I *did* want to read more romance. I’ll need to include some in my TBR pile. Any recommendations? πŸ™‚

  7. kay kay

    One of my friends recommended The Name of the Wind to me too. It’s been on my TBR list for years, but I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to a long book with such an immersive world. Hopefully soon!
    Glad the Self-Printed book is useful for you. I always have trouble finding good writing/ publishing guide books.

  8. I’ve not read any of your books this week but I can see that the book about publishing is a timely read – all the very best for you and your book!

    • It really is! I have read it before, twice, but now is a good time to re-read it πŸ™‚

  9. Sam Sam

    I hope ‘Self Printed’ is helping you out. The market changes so fast, it’s good to have these references. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I can’t recommend Goodkind’s books often enough! Thanks for sharing your WWW, too. Happy reading!

  10. Ooh, I like the sound of Self-Printed. I might also need to take a look at that.

    I’ve been meaning to read The Name of the Wind forever. It’s one of my friends’ favourite book, she adores it. I hope you also enjoy it!

    • I keep hearing really good things about The Name of the Wind so I’m excited to get to it now πŸ™‚
      Self-Printed is amazing, it’s both informative and hilarious! It’s definitely useful if you’re new to this self-publishing thing.

    • Don’t ever ask people to follow you, it looks like begging πŸ™‚ (I hope this doesn’t sound too harsh, it’s meant as good advice)
      I’ll take a look at your blog. If I think it’s interesting I’ll follow you πŸ™‚

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