Thoughtful Thursday: I’m not dead yet!

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I have the plague.  Well, okay, not really.  I have strep.  Which means I am in lots of pain as I wait for the penicillin injection (more pain) to kick in to effect.

What this means for Thoughtful Thursday is that I don’t have the brain capacity to come up with a witty or thought-provoking topic.  So, I’m turning to you, dear readers, to feel in the gap. What topics do you think we should cover in this space in future columns?

Post a comment and I won’t wipe my germs on you.  Also, and slightly less awesome, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a book! A good book, that we’ll choose in a somewhat random manner from our stacks of finished ARCs and mail to you at some point in the not too distant future! (Actually, if I’m feeling better, I might let you choose the book).

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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. Love the pic. Hope your illness at least gives you some quiet reading time!

  2. Feel better. How about a topic on never-ending series?

  3. Hope you feel better soon. As for thoughtful thursday topic. I always enjoy hearing about how fantasy has impacted people’s lives. Even in a small way. Fro instance when I went to Chicago Field Museum and and seen the T-Rex skeleton I couldn’t help but think about a Dresden Files scene where Harry animates that very T-Rex.

  4. :sleep: :sleep: I have to say those germs look pretty nasty and if they are anything like the real strep, ouch! Hope your meds kick in soon and get some rest and feel better. :sleep: :sleep: :hug: :hug: :hug:
    What would I like to see on a Thoughtful Thursday topic is more of the 25 Heroes stories it was fantastic to read the first one you posted….. :drink:

    :shhh: jackie b central texas:shhh:

  5. Hope you feel well soon. It is never really fun to be sick. It does seem as it is going around a lot lately.

    I really enjoyed the Heroes post as well. I really liked the art work and the writing. That may be an idea – discussing book covers and the artwork in/on them. Then maybe any mention of new authors? or new books to come? Not sure what to suggest, as you all cover a lot of great materials here.

    Feel better soon!

  6. hm… I don’t know about new topics, we seem to have covered a plethora of topics. I will have to discuss this with my friends.
    I know one of the topics was “Favorite Books” and there was something about superpowers or which character would you like to be. Maybe something like, “How to build the perfect hero, or villain.” Talk about what aspects from which characters would you like to have/combine to create the ultimate force for good or evil.
    Just an idea. Well I am off to lunch and then class.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  7. Obscure fantasy genres. Is it really worth splitting everything up into high, low, manners, steampunk, (any other -punk), urban, paranormal, sword and sorcery, etc., or should we just be happy with the broad umbrella which is fantasy?

  8. I always like hearing about underappreciated or under-read books. Also, best side-kick or henchmen would be an interesting discussion. Feel better.

  9. ugh! Get well soon!

  10. I like the best sidekick idea.
    Maybe a topic on is there a ‘label’ ie steampunk, quest, whatever and or artwork that makes you bypass a book.
    Have you ever taken the plunge out of your comfort zone and read something and been surprised in a good way about what you missed and what book was it?

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  11. Hope you get well soon.

  12. Ruth, I hope that antibiotic has kicked in!
    I always love to make fun of book covers.
    I like Joe’s sidekick idea, too.

  13. Get well! Hope you’re feeling better!

    I’m pretty new to the site but one thing that brought me here was the recommended books , you have some great ones I have since picked up. What I’d like to see is some recommendations on different genres we may not have tried – similar to Mike’s idea above – maybe the best steampunk or good Victorian fantasy, the most romantic fantasy novels ( this is one of my favorites because I love when there is some romance in fantasy, but really don’t like romance novels themselves) I’d like to try something new.

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