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I've had this account for a while, but since I'm repurposing it and will actually use it, an seems in order!

I'm Robbie (@Alamantus), and I like and stories. Brandon Sanderson is my current favorite author, and I'm always trying to find new stories to enjoy. I mostly read via audiobook or text-to-speech, so if I misspell a character or place name, that's what I'll blame it on. This account will mainly be for and -related posts. はじめまして!

Hello!

I'm going to be live at QuaranCon talking Crowdfunding (on Patreon and Kickstarter) with other authors at 4.30pm BST!

Free on Youtube to watch live or after the fact.

youtube.com/watch?v=7Bypd6w2HH

Looks like there's a sale on the Softies book going at Bookshop right now! Grab a book now so you can read it while getting vaccinated, then ask the doctor to vaccinate the book (if enough of you do this, I will be vaccinated by proxy)

bookshop.org/books/softies-stu

My new novel, NON-PLAYER CHARACTER, is live on Kickstarter!

Support a portal fantasy adventure with all queer main characters where a TTRPG group of nerds in their 30s are transported to the world of their game.

Rewards include a playable TTRPG!

Boosts extremely welcome.

kck.st/3mfO6lz

#vkickstarter @ttrpg

I just finished Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, which was a really interesting take on sources of magic and how different kinds of people access it.

I can't say a lot about it without spoiling it various twists, but it's about a black girl who gets tied up in a secret society in a South Carolina college involving the Arthurian legend while trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death. The magic is a little loose on rules, but the magic concepts and various twists were very entertaining!

Ah dang it, I accidentally finished book 6 in the Earthsea cycle before book 5! I hope I didn't miss anything important, because it didn't feel like I did... it was easy enough to follow after book 4!

Wow, the end of Stormlight Archives books always sneak up on me... I love these stories so much, and it's always so sad when it ends!

Anyway, Rhythm of War was wonderful and there are so many worldbuilding concepts revealed and so many other intertwining elements from other Sanderson books, and it's just 😚👌 completely my thing.

little morbid. elf vs human death, random thought 

So, in stories, human characters often know they are on the verge of death a few days to weeks ahead. Enough time for a good monologue or last stand or something.

What if, for long lived races like elves, they do this, but instead it’s like decades ahead? So ‘I’m old and dying’ means they still have another 10-20 years left. And this is when they start their final master piece or whatever they plan for their legacy.

Not only does LeGuin get a US Postage Stamp, the background celebrates one of the first and most notable #nonbinary characters in #sff.

These books are cool, but I can kinda see why its slower, more pensive tone didn't catch on like Harry Potter's fast-paced content. The time spans and perspective shifts between are also kinda hard to follow at first, but they're really interesting and good!

I wish I had known there were 6+ books instead of 3, but my library only had 3 at the time I was reading them.

Damn it I'm 63% through the Tehanu audiobook and I just want to start this instead 😭

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I'm in.

Hello, Mastodon. Hello, Wandering Shop. Hello, strangers and soon-to-be online acquaintances.

Many thanks to @Alamantus for helping me set things up!

The results are pretty predictable so far 😂 I definitely should've known masto folks would go for Le Guin before anything else 😄

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⚠️ IMPORTANT SURVEY ⚠️

What book do I read next from among these options?

Here's an abbreviation guide because surveys are limited to short line lengths:

Tehanu = Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin

TBoSaS = The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

TWGtRM = The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

I read Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, and it was a very interesting and fun fantasy perspective on voodoo and non-western witchcraft! I love Okorafor's writing, and its non-western flavor is always delightful and intriguing. This story had some American characters that served as a lens of sorts, and I almost wish it wasn't that way because being thrust into well-established worlds where you as the reader are initiated into it by reading is more fun to me.

Anyway, it's worth taking a look!

Been a while since I posted about books! I read Atomic Habits by James Clear, and it lays out some neat simple strategies for making it easier to develop habits you want and stop habits you don't! Things like "habit stacking" where you add habits you want after things you already do regularly and making the environment conducive to what you want to do.

For example, I started keeping my phone in the kitchen at night so I can make coffee when I get up and learn Japanese while it brews!

I discovered I had a surprisingly-large Amazon gift card balance, so I ordered the last 2 pretty Legend of Zelda manga volumes I was missing :D

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.