Book Review: Risk It All

Book Title: Risk It All
Author: Megan Derr
“If it was a trap…He’d already killed one Alpha, three Candidates, and more than a dozen of the wolves that had been trying to hunt him down. That didn’t count all the death matches in the pits that he’d been forced into. Alpha or not, Kipling could best him, and it wasn’t like he’d let the man take him somewhere he and a bunch of friends could jump on Kipling. Lunch and a f*** were a risk he could afford to take.”
Risk It All by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: While not as polished as some of Derr’s stories, it is a fun, guilty read.

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Book Review: The Vagrant

Book Title: The Vagrant
Author: Peter Newman

“In answer, the Vagrant raises his blade. At its hilt, silvered wings unfurl.
An eye opens.”

The Vagrant by Peter Newman

Final Verdict: An amazing and complex journey with amazing characters that I am already planning to re-read!

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Book Review: Dangerous Dreams

Book Title: Dangerous Dream
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The rest of us had to make our own destiny.
Lena and I knew that better than anyone. Ridley and Link, they still had to learn it the hard way.
I guess that’s sort of where this whole story begins.
Ethan from Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Final Verdict: Not bad, but not nearly enough to tempt me back to this series.

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Book Review: Into the Land of the Unicorns

Book Title: Into the Land of the Unicorns
Author: Bruce Coville

“There’s lots of kinds of chains. You can’t see most of them, the one’s that bind folks together. But people build them, link by link. Sometimes the links are weak, snap like this one did. That’s another funny thing, now that I think of it. Sometimes when you mend a chain, the place where you fix it is strongest of all.”
Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Final Verdict:A great story for kids, with a strong little girl, some amazing creatures, and a great adventure.

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Book Review: Murder Mysteries

Book Title: Murder Mysteries
Author: Neil Gaiman
Artist: P. Craig Russell

“I am Raguel, who is the Vengeance of the Lord. I serve the Name [God] directly. It is my mission to discover the nature of this deed, and to take the Name’s vengeance on those responsible. My questions are to be answered.”
Raguel in Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell

Final Verdict: A fascinating quick read with some Neil Gaiman twists and darkness!

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Inspired By: Fantasy Languages

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am one of those people that love to try learning new languages, but as I say when people ask, “I can hardly speak English!” Language and grammar are things I have always struggled with in English, but that does not stop me wishing to learn other languages. While some might think that this is an admirable trait, really it is not. Especially when some of the languages I want to learn were create for some of my favorite books. I thought I would share some sites I have found to learn languages from Fantasy Novels. I have not tried any of these so I cannot say if any of them are really helpful or not.

Dothraki Sample

From The Game of Thrones (or the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin)

Dothraki
High Valyrian
Astapori Valyrian

Klingon Writing Sample

Star Trek

Vulcan
Klingon

John’s speech about Sherlock in the writing of the Time Lords, made by suriella.tumblr.com who has more work that you can check out!

Doctor Who

Writing in Gallifreyan

Elvish Writing Sample (which style of Elvish is unknown)

JRR Tolkien Languages

Elvish (to my understanding this has the several variations that Tolkien created)
The only source that I have used is a book called The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Ruth S. Noel. This contains introductory information on 14 of Tolkien’s languages!

Dwarvish writing Sample

Creating your own Fantasy Language

Writer’s resource

So have any of you tried to learn any of these languages, or other fantasy based languages? Any good resources you recommend? Are there any languages you wish you could learn? I am so much more of a writing person, and would like to learn to write many of these!

Until next time,