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Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Putting his controversial beliefs aside, Orson Scott Card tells a fascinating story. He combines sci-fi and fantasy seamlessly and he allows the reader to put 2 and 2 together to discover the story themselves. Rich characters with abilities that I haven't ever read about before; intriguing conflict including time travel and how it might work - a seriously good story to settle down with and get lost in. I'm looking forward to reading Ruins, the sequel.
Writing in Overdrive by Jim Denney
EXCELLENT! It is chockablock full of tips and techniques and fascinating anecdotes. It's to-the-point, giving valuable information quickly and briefly that can be put to good use right away. I particularly enjoyed reading the writing challenge at the end - and I will be setting myself that challenge. Maybe during Round 3 of ROW80...
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This got off to a slow start and I almost set it aside but I'm so glad that I didn't in the end, because the story really took off from about Chapter Seven. Now that I've finished the book I can see why Rothfuss structured the story the way he did - it's a story within a story - and it sets things up for the conflict in the framing story's present that I imagine will make much more of an appearance in future books. The ending of this book also had a twist I didn't expect.
A very entertaining read, and I'm so glad that I read it through to the end.