Bromances, Chick Lit, and Other Escapes of the Mind

imagesYears ago, when life got pretty intense for Chris, he discovered a Second Life. Literally, Second Life. That particular virtual world was on the rise at the time, and he would escape for hours and hours designing, teraforming, building, flying, and losing himself within an avatar of his own creation. I actually created my own avatar and opened a virtual art gallery in the game, just so I could spend time with him.

images (1)Now, finding myself faced with a few intense scenarios of my own over the past months, I find that my version of virtual escape is “chain-reading.” Nose down in the pages and my mind on the run. And the more intense the real world scenario, the more fantastical the genre I choose. And if its a series? Even better. Won’t stop till its complete.

So, if you’re wondering where I’ve been since my last blog entry? Living in someone else’s world rather than my own… And here’s a list of those worlds:

The Super Natural, Fallen Angels, Shape Shifting, Zombie-Infested, Vampiric, Animalistic,  Just Beyond Our Reality World:

  • Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz (still one of my all time favorite characters)
  • The Demon Trilogy (soon to be a series of five) by Peter V. Brett — The Warded Man, Desert Spear and The Daylight War
  • The Wolf Lake Series by Jennifer Kohout — Legend (Book 1) and Untamed (Book 2)
  • Voice of the Blood, Jemiah Jefferson
  • The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs — Books 1 – 6, Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Frost Burned, and Silver Borne
  • The Soulkeeper Series by G.P. Ching — Books 1 – 3, The Soulkeepers, Weaving Destiny, and Return to Eden
  • Dark Moon by Rebecca York
  • Z2134 by Sean Platt and David W. Wright
  • Divine Misdemeanors and Swallowing Darkness, two more from the Meredith Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Extinction Point, Paul Antony Jones

The Rock ’em, Sock ’em Find ’em, and Solve ’em World:

  • The Forgotten, David Baldacci
  • The Devil Colony, James Rollins
  • The Black Box, Michael Connelly
  • Six Years and Stay Close by Harlan Coben
  • More of the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child — Worth Dying For, The Enemy,  and Second Son
  • Shall We Tell The President?, Jeffrey Archer
  • Inferno, Dan Brown

The “Am I Ready for Real Literature Again” World:

  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt
  • The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  • Wilderness, Lance Weller
  • Snow Fall, a short story/documdrama by John Brand
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

So now, back to my own life. And very much looking forward to it!

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