Amy Loosemore

Thoughts from a Romance Publisher's Geek in Residence

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Zheng Chunhui, a famous Chinese wood carver spent 4 years engineering this master piece from a single tree. Based on a famous Chinese painting “Along the River During the Quingming Festival” the carving echoes the daily life of the 12th century Chinese local. The level of detail is stunning!


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Current Audiobook: Windhaven by GRRM and Lisa Tuttle

Actually been listening to Windhaven for the past couple of weeks and am almost done. It’s really good — the worldbuilding is excellent, as you’d expect from GRRM. Lisa Tuttle is new to me as an author. It is very different than Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire, so don’t expect an experience like GoT — not nearly as graphic and it’s really focused on Maris’s journey throughout her life. There is some political maneuvering but it’s all through Maris’s eyes only. And Maris is a great character — determined, passionate, but also flawed; she can be self-centred and naive, which is part of her journey as a character. The book is divided into basically three acts, when Maris is a young woman (early 20s, I’d guess — I don’t think they ever say), adult and middle-aged…and how often do you get a middle-aged female main character in any genre? My only criticism of the book is the final act gets a little too talky and slow before picking up again near the end.

Windhaven was originally published in 1980, BTW. It’s also a little hard to categorize but it mostly falls under science fiction rather than fantasy because people came to Windhaven from Earth in a space ship, and there is no magic or anything like that to tip it into fantasy.

Harriet Walter is an amazing narrator as well. She does so many voices and accents you really get a sense of the characters and scope of the world. I’ll be looking for more of her titles.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Lisa Tuttle comes a timeless tale that brilliantly renders the struggle between the ironbound world of tradition and a rebellious soul seeking to prove the power of a dream.

Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms, to bring news, gossip, songs, and stories to a waiting populace. Maris of Amberly, a fisherman’s daughter, wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit rather than inheritance. But even after winning that bitter battle, Maris finds that her troubles are only beginning. Now a revolution threatens to destroy the world she fought so hard to join—and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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The moment when Harry takes Draco's wand

J. K. Rowling:
I said to Arthur, my American editor - we had an interesting conversation during the editing of seven - the moment when Harry takes Draco's wand, Arthur said, God, that's the moment when the ownership of the Elder wand is actually transferred? And I said, that's right. He said, shouldn't that be a bit more dramatic? And I said, no, not at all, the reverse. I said to Arthur, I think it really puts the elaborate, grandiose plans of Dumbledore and Voldemort in their place. That actually the history of the wizarding world hinged on two teenage boys wrestling with each other. They weren't even using magic. It became an ugly little corner tussle for the possession of wands. And I really liked that - that very human moment, as opposed to these two wizards who were twitching strings and manipulating and implanting information and husbanding information and guarding information, you know? Ultimately it just came down to that, a little scuffle and fistfight in the corner and pulling a wand away.
Melissa Anelli:
It says a lot about the world at large, I think, about conflict in the world, it's these little things -
J. K. Rowing:
And the difference one individual can make. Always, the difference one individual can make.

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