Writer’s Retweet Review

writers-retweetHorrifying illusions. Classified government operations.
Heavily guarded secrets.
Cryptic rumors. Dangerous prisoners.
Irresistible passion. Demonic magic.

Piers Anthony weaves this and more into Writer’s Retweet, a collection of five short stories abounding in the adventure, magic, and naughtiness that fans have come to know and love from this author.

In “Experiment,” “Discovery,” and “Mission,” painfully average Bigelow Bilge and Paula Plaintiff are thrust unwillingly into a world fraught with terrifying, victim-specific illusions. Who—or what—is the source of these horrifying encounters? Why have Bigelow and Paula been targeted?

A newspaper reporter in “Dull Street Incident” gets wind of a delicious scandal rumored to have punctuated a stale suburban street. Menacing prisoners, conniving teenage girls, and one well-kept secret leads this reporter to the story of a lifetime. But who will believe it?

In “Forbidden Fruit,” dowdy, middle-aged Edith happens upon a mysterious fruit that completely alters her life—and the life of Kent, an attractive, young neighbor. Seduced by her newfound magical abilities and rediscovered sex appeal, Edith plunges into a world filled with demons, pleasure, and unthinkable risk. – Goodreads


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Reblogged Awesomeness: Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real

Saw this grreeeeeeeeat post on If Mermaids Wore Suspenders, and I immediately thought “I wanna do that too!” So I’m shamelessly getting in on this, but still being good and linking back to her blog!!

Top 8 Things from Books That I Wish Were Real

1.) THE TARDIS – From Dr. Who (yes, its a TV show but there are also books, so it COUNTS!) Unlimited space AND time travel.

2.) Time Turners (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

3.) The VR system from Ready Player One (I didn’t like the book, but the gaming system was sweeeeeeeeeeet!)

4.) The planet Avaria (Matrix of Destiny Series)

5.) The Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

6.) Hermes’s Sandals (Greek Mythology)

7.) Xanth (but only if I get to have magic! I don’t want to be a Mundane.)

8.) Warp Drive/FTL drive (any space travel fic…ever?)

What about you?


Now go check hers out, since she started this: Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 finished series I have yet to finish


1. The In Death Series by J.D. Robb (4-5 left, scattered throughout)

There are over 40 books in this series. So..I think I’m pretty good only missing a handful. The first book was released in 1995 and its STILL going. So I know technically its not a *finished* series, but geeeeeeeze. 40 bloody books. I think it counts!
2. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward (last few)

These are just excellent books. Twilight isn’t even worthy to shine their covers .
3. The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven (Only read the 1st book)

Ruined me for Discworld, I think…
4. The Space Trilogy by Arthur C. Clarke (last one)

Not holding out hope…2nd wasn’t that great.
5. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (Lets just say…a lot left)

Just one of those series every self-respecting scifi/fantasy lover has to read..right?
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams (Read the first two.)

Who doesn’t love this? I mean, really!
7. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony (4-5 left, scattered throughout)

I will get this whole collection to share with Miss L when she’s older.
8. The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

I’ll be honest, after Obsidian Butterfly it went downhill so quick I probably won’t ever finish the series.
9. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. “The Gunslinger” introduced me to the second Stephen King book I’ve ever liked, so eventually I think I will finish this series. It just won’t be any time soon.

10. The Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly (1 book left)

This prompt came from Broke and Bookish and I’d like to thank them for giving out some great ideas for so many Tuesdays!

Top 5 Wednesday: Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series


We all have series that are dear to our heart, below are some of the ones that introduced me to the scifi and fantasy genres, and forever endeared them to me. Just click on the links to be taken to the Goodreads pages for a better intro to the series than I can ever possibly give!

Top 5 Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series

1. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony

A Spell for Chameleon
Piers Anthony

Almost too many books to count, the Xanth series is a book that it seems like no one but serious bookworms know about, and its a bloody shame. The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

In the world of Xanth, puns come true. I mean that. Literally. A football is a ball of feet that rolls around. Money grows on trees. Centipedes don’t exist, but nicklepedes do! Cottages are made of cheese (but not cottage cheese. More like or swiss or cheddar.) Everyone must have a magic talent, or they get exiled to the dreaded land of Mundania.

The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

2.  The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card

A quintet, with the first book (Ender’s Game) published in 1985, The Ender Series is one of the best science fiction series in existence. Very well written, following characters you can’t help but care about, you don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t read this series.

3. The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven

Larry Niven

Another quintet, with the first book being published in 1970 (Ringworld), the Ringworld Series by Larry Niven is a highly entertaining read that will keep you entranced for hours. I mean, it won Nebula, Hugo, AND Locus. Give it a try! Its even available as a graphic novel!

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker’s Guide
Douglas Adams

The first book (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) was published in 1979, and I’m pretty sure people have been giggling since then.  I think if you have anyone slightly geeky in your family that supposedly doesn’t like to read, they just haven’t been introduced to The Hitchhiker’s Guide series.

5. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
Terry Pratchett

First published in 1983 (The Color of Magic), The Discworld series contains over 40 books, and is almost universally well-loved. I, personally, was spoiled by Ringworld before I read Discworld, so I prefer Niven’s universe, but I cannot deny the allure this series has to the masses, and while I may not get through every book, I intend on working my way through at least the first 5 books.

….So, are there any you feel are missing? What are they?