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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders made me feel like it’s totally normal to feel different.
What is your favorite book today?
There are way too many to choose from, but the only book I’ve reread this year is Fonda Lee’s Jade City.
Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
Magical weapons. Diverse demons. Strange animals. A magical desert. Revenge.
One book at a time or multiples?
Multiple, but only one in each genre. I recently tackled The Half Has Never Been Told and Children of Blood and Bone.
Least favorite book you've read this year?
Oh my god, I could write paragraphs about how overrated Rebel of the Sands is. I didn’t want my review of that book to be unjustly mean, so I read a lot of interviews before posting on Amazon. Suffice to say, I think it’s an excellent example of diversity done wrong. There is such a jarring disconnect for me between the author and the experiences they’re writing about.
Favorite book you've read this year?
I do want to say that Children of Blood and Bone lives up to its enormous hype, but my favorite book I read this year is Hitler in Los Angeles. Thrilling true story about how a network of Jews in the 1930s prevented the Nazis from establishing a stronghold in LA prior to the war. I believe the author is currently in discussions for a movie.
Favorite book to recommend?
This is another genre-specific one for me. For fantasy, you can’t do better than Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings. It’s steeped in the history of China’s unification, so it’s got that historical link, but there’s so much mysticism and mythology in it that makes for a wonderful reclaiming of the fantasy genre from the overly-Westernized space most SFF novels live in.
How do you keep your books organized?
I’m in love with the first-generation iPad hand-me-down I got for Christmas a couple years ago. I’d like to keep it forever. The buttons don’t even work; I’ve had to learn how to use my fingers to communicate with the device. But it does what I need it to do beautifully.
What would make you not finish a book?
If I can tell that the book isn’t intellectually honest, to go back to Rebel of the Sands. The main character said in the first couple chapters that their mother once washed their mouth out with sand. Like, come on.
Keep books or give them away?
You gotta pass that knowledge on! Every single book ever written has wisdom in it and our society flourishes when we pass wisdom on across generations and people. Reading and writing is so extraordinary because it’s about people willingly passing on knowledge, and since knowledge is power it’s one of the only instances I can think of where people are just giving away their power. That’s why a free press, libraries, schools, they’re all at the foundation of our democracy.
But now magic has disappeared, and the world has changed.
The kingdom of Desire will stop at nothing to maintain the new world order. On Juno’s wedding day, their Mengery soldiers came marching through the Nine desert to rip his world apart. Now he journeys east with his adopted brother, Trey, in search of revenge after the murder of his family. Along the way, the two face bandits and the magical creatures of the Nine. When they finally reach Desire, Juno and Trey will face something even deadlier – their own fears and ambitions.
This is a tale of brotherhood, a revenge story that will remind you that everything has a cost – a cost that will be paid to Desire and to the inner demons that govern us all.
Sand and sun dirtied anything that wasn’t already stained by the Nine, but Trey still tried to keep his hair clean. It was one of the few things he could control in this life, and he’d be damned if anyone at the orphanage said he wasn’t an individual. Soon after the owners of the orphanage died, he broke the lock into their bedroom and found a cooling unit with enough power left to experience a different world for five minutes. He hadn’t told anyone it still had power, not even Drea. He just cranked it up to full power one morning before anyone else had woken up and pretended he was a king.
As clean as Trey was, Sora was dirty. He stood 5’5 with mangy black hair, and was pudgy despite the fact he’d lived his entire life in the orphanage with virtually no food. Trey knew he was stealing rations from the younger kids. The second evidence came to light, Trey would throw Sora out. He was a thief, Trey thought, and beyond that he had hurt Drea. But for now, the two were the only ones who could keep this place running.
And so Trey and Sora would continue to work together because Trey believed in such a thing as obligation. Power shouldn’t be limitless; just because he and Sora were in charge, didn’t mean they should get to live better than everyone else. And Sora had his uses. Where he was strict, Sora was relaxed. Where he was hard, Sora was soft.
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