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About Kyra_Lyrical

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  • Birthday November 3

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    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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  1. Speech in Historical Fiction

    I think that is why I like middle ground with my historical fiction. I want plenty of the terms they use to be of those times, something that makes it different and I'd like it to be written in a way that I can at least imagine the sort of old style to it. I don't like the proper old English though, not for a novel I want to sit back and relax with at least. I do read Shakespeare sometimes, but I must admit I don't read him to relax!
  2. Speech in Historical Fiction

    Historical Fiction is quite popular, or at least I've recently noticed it a lot more than I used to. I've also noticed that the way people approach it is quite different and it has made me question it a little. Do you like your historical fiction to have the speech identical to how they would have spoken at that time? Or do you prefer it with a more modern style of English but written in a manner in which you get the idea that it's from an older period? I suppose there are pros and cons to both. Older speech can be tiring to decipher and understand which can be frustrating for a relaxed read, but then for those history lovers it does give a sense of authenticity and can be part of the fun of reading historical fiction. Personally, which do you prefer? Or does it not matter to you?
  3. Hardback vs paperback

    Paperbacks are most certainly easier to deal with but I just love hardbacks. The majority of my books though are paperbacks, unless I know I really love the book and would invest in the hardback. My favourite books would be kept as hardbacks.
  4. I'm so picky about my books that if I'm told 'you must read this!' I just may actually shy away from it even more. I don't like being told what books to read, especially since I don't usually have the same tastes as plenty of other people, no matter how much they know me. A school book I had no choice to read and ended up reading at the speed of light was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell; I absolutely adore that book. It is one of the few exceptions to the instinct that if it's been recommended or forced on me I cannot do it.
  5. Books About Strong/Pioneering Women

    I feel like the strong and capable woman is so underappreciated in fiction. Somehow they tend not to be written as much as the other types, especially in romance novels. I realised some time ago that I do have a tendency to write them though. They appeal to me but I don't think I ever really made a particularly conscious decision to write those types of characters but it tended to happen.
  6. Film Tie-In Book Covers

    I tend to avoid them, especially since the original covers would be better suited to the novels than the Film Tie-in versions. I broke that rule recently though; I was desperate for a physical copy of The Kite Runner and the Film Tie-In version was the only one available in the store. One day I may sort this out though; I love the book enough to go and buy it again with the original cover.
  7. Haruki Murakami

    I've been in love with this man's work for as long as I can remember! I always was incredibly impressed by it, completely blown away. Even if I didn't always understand his works because they weren't nearly appropriate to my age at the time I swear I was always so attached to them, clinging to all the dark but poetic images that he created. For me, this man is just such an inspiration.
  8. Lending or borrowing books.

    I never ever lend books. I know it makes me seem like such a pain some times but honestly, I can't do it. Partially because I frequently go to my books and manga for inspiration, skimming through them for something that will inspire me, or make me burn with a new idea or feeling. With that, it means I can't ever have one book missing from my shelf, most certainly those that are part of a series. Also, I don't know what kind of reader I would be lending to; I don't like doggie-earing readers, or spine-breakers, or even finger-lickers! It breaks my heart seeing books, especially if they were my own, being treated like that.
  9. Haha! What a smart and funny woman! I like to come across such a person in stores. I once found a short love letter in a book once. There was no 'to' and 'from' but the letter was really worn for something that was closed neatly between book pages so I assume it was something dear to someone some time.
  10. What do you avoid?

    I tend to steer clear of most sci-fi books, as well as most fantasy. Occasionally I'll read something but it has really got to grab my attention.
  11. The unread book that you've owned longest

    Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It looked great and all but I could never get too far through it. I tried and I tried, I honestly did but I suppose it just wasn't meant to be.
  12. Books that made you cry

    I'm currently re-reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and I really do believe that I'll cry no matter how many times I read this book. There are just plenty and plenty of moments that grip you to that point; you can prepare yourself, you can know it's coming but it will still get you each time!
  13. LGBT literature

    I must say that I don't always go for the most...well-liked of things. That being said, I must admit that some of the LGBT novels I read have originally been Japanese manga-novels. My personal favourites would be: Passion ~ Forbidden Lovers~ - written by Shinobu Gotoh and illustrated by Shoko Takaku. Sleeping with Money - written by Barbara Katagiri and illustrated by Sakuya Fujii. Dark Walker - written by Hikaru Yura and illustrated by Hirotaka Kisaragi. I'm not sure if self-published e-books count? If they do, I wrote a novella called Despair & Decision.