Spring Blogfest: Voss Foster

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Springtime in Eastern Washington is really something different. I live here, and I’m the first to admit that most of the year sucks. It gets freezing cold starting in September, and that lasts until March or April, normally. And then it gets too hot to exist from about late may until… well, until September.

But there’s a month or two where the weather is awesome. Sunshine and flowers and mint fields perfuming the air. To this day, smelling mint fields brings me back to my childhood. Same with lilacs and carrot flowers, too. And this time of year in our little stretch of desert, you can’t escape those smells.

So, for those couple months of glory in the year, I actually like to be outside. And my favorite outdoor activity is reading. Just like with wine pairings, some books go better with sunny days than others. Same with rainy days or snowy days. So, I though I’d share my top three spring reads with y’all. In no particular order, of course.

Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson

A fun little romp that turns the notion of good and evil on its head. Rather than redeeming a villainous character, we watch the main character, Belladonna, struggle with her own goodness. She was cursed as a white witch, never able to make even the tiniest of boils or warts with her magic.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Most people have seen the movie by now, and the movie’s good. The book isn’t just better, though. It’s leagues better. Particularly the second half vs. the second movie. Yikes. As with a lot of European middle grade and children’s fiction, this pushes boundaries we wouldn’t touch on in America. And that’s a good thing. It’s a deeply psychological book, all wrapped up in the wonder of the world of Fantasia. A sort of more modernized Alice in Wonderland, in a lot of ways. Don’t let the movies fool you into thinking this is for kids. The book gets seriously dark.

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

Mostly, this is on here for its length, but it is a book I enjoy. A very short book I enjoy, and a very cheap book I enjoy. Like a lot of classics, you can find incredibly wallet-friendly paperback versions of this book. I got mine for two dollars. Two dollars for a book. You can’t beat that. And you really can’t beat the inventiveness of this book. Not really sci-fi, but not really classifiable anywhere else. Math-fi? I don’t know. But its well worth it, not only because it’s a classic piece of spec-fic history, but because it’s just a good frigging book.

So, what are your favorite springtime reads? Let me know, and I’ll give way an ecopy of The Park to one lucky winner.

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About the Author:Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes science fiction and fantasy from inside a single-wide. He is the author of Tartaros, The Mountains of Good Fortune, The Park, and The King Jester Trilogy (Zirkua Fantastic, The Jester Prince, and A Fool’s War, coming in 2015). He has also written several short stories, featured in Apocrypha & Abstractions, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, and other various anthologies and publications. When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he enjoys singing, cooking, playing trombone, and belly dancing, though rarely all at the same time.

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  1. Glad to be here, spending time with you all!

  2. I love the smell of mint! 😉
    I don’t necessarily have a favorite Springtime read as I am a mood reader. I enjoy anything from historical to YA to dystopian to paranormal.
    As long as they pull me in, I am all for it.
    I live in Florida, so we don’t really have seasons. Lol.
    Thank you for sharing your recommendations, Voss!

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  3. any kind of books

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  4. OMG! Wich Witch? Is one of my favorite books, I lost my copy and last year for my birthday, my mom found an old copy and bought it for me!!

  5. Books about road trips are my favorite for spring time read.

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