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Nice column by Merrie Haskell —

Over at The Book Smugglers.

I wouldn’t dare do a best-of list yet because actually, (YAY), I just finished this current revision of PURE MAGIC. (Did I mention YAY?) So now I definitely want to tear into my TBR pile just for a week or so before picking up my actual WIP (the HOUSE OF SHADOWS sequel). Though it will be hard to tear myself away from re-reading bits of the Foreigner series. But still.

Not sure what I’m in the mood for, though. Something light and fun? Something deep and profound? Possibly something off Merrie Haskell’s list?

She breaks her list up: Happy Conclusions, Futurism, Books published before 2013, Books she’s in the middle of right now, Books she’s looking forward to.

I must say, finishing Rae Carson’s trilogy, from the Happy Conclusion’s list, seems like a good thing to do. The last book, THE BITTER KINGDOM, came out this year, right? I haven’t read the second book either, and in fact would have to go back and re-read the first book. Maybe I should do that?

But then, graphic novels about a wombat? Who knew? Maybe my life will not be complete without trying these?

Merrie also says, “I’m keen to read the conclusion of Sarah Zettel’s American fairy trilogy; I think it’s just a brilliant concept, fairies in the Dust Bowl.” And seriously? Fairies in the Dust Bowl? How did I not know about this?

Also, let me just mention, The Book Smugglers are running a giveaway for Merrie’s upcoming book CASTLE BEHIND THORNS, so you may want to click over and enter that.

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4 Comments Nice column by Merrie Haskell —

  1. Maureen E

    I enjoyed her column too, especially the bit about missing new releases because of awards reading (well, maybe not enjoyed so much as identified with). And yes, the American Fairy trilogy is excellent! The first book maybe a bit more than the second, which seemed a little unfocused to me.

  2. elaine T

    Wondering how I missed the Sarah Zettel trilogy …. Oh, it’s filed under children’s, which I don’t visit much these days. Looks middle grade?

    Congratulations of the great cover for BLACK DOG and finishing PURE MAGIC, btw.

    And a query – my husband wants chocolate pies suitable for winter that aren’t custardy. Any leads? When I suggested chocolate pecan he made it known that is not an option – he prefers either taste solo.

  3. Rachel

    Um, that’s a toughy. Chocolate Walnut? Though I think you’ve said you’re not crazy about walnuts. Chocolate macadamia pie, if you want to be extravagant? I have a recipe for that around here somewhere.

    I’ve made this great pie where you have a pastry crust, then a raspberry layer, then a cheesecake-like layer, then chocolate brushed on the top. That’s probably not chocolate enough? How about a chocolate cheesecake? That’s pretty much like a pie.

    Oh, here’s a chocolate oatmeal pie that’s good — rather like Girl Scout Samoa cookies

    2 eggs
    1 c sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 c Karo syrup
    2 Tbsp melted butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 c coconut
    1/2 c quick oats
    1/2 c chocolate chips

    Pastry for a single crust pie

    Combine all filling ingredients. Pour into shell. Bake at 350 degrees for fifty minutes. Cool before slicing.

    It’s been a while since I made this, so I remember it’s tasty but not much about any problems that might have come up. If you try it, let me know what you think!

  4. elaine T

    cut n pasted recipe. Thanks! Will report back when tried We’re finishing off the Thanksgiving chocolate decadence (low fat recipe) & pecan pie. We had the dinner on Saturday due to family issues.

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