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Category Archives: Books

Welcome to the New Reading Rainbow

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with Reading Rainbow, it’s high time you did! Our beloved LeVar Burton, who you might have recognized from Star Trek: TNG, The Big Bang Theory, and…Reading Rainbow…, launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the nostalgic PBS glory that is Reading Rainbow into an interactive and highly acclaimed app. LeVar Burton hit his goal and surpassed with amazing speed, allowing him to bring Reading Rainbow back to the public with all new books as well as ways to reach people.…

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Goodreads Books

Christmas for BookNerds 2014

Today is a great day for readers everywhere: Both Goodreads and the NY Times have released their best of 2014 picks just in time for your christmas wish list. If you’re like all of us at Larkable, you enjoy a good book. But you totally judge books by their covers, so how, out of this amazing age of digital media, do you choose the best book? Easy: with our help! On December 2nd, Goodreads announced their 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. This list is definitely worth…

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Best Fantasy 2014

Vote for Goodreads Best Books of 2014

Goodreads is currently in the final round of the Choice Awards 2014, and some of our favorite authors are there for your vote! Follow the link to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014. Voting is open from November 17th-24th 2014 Right now you can vote for your favorite books at Goodreads in all different types of categories. There’s Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2014 which is going to be tough to choose between Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J.…

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The Lies of Locke Lamoura

Open Your Ears To: The Lies of Locke Lamora

It’s a bro-down in this first book of the Gentleman Bastards series, The Lies of Locke Lamora If you haven’t heard of The Lies of Locke Lamora you’re probably not alone. Scott Lynch isn’t terribly well known, but after this debut book in the Gentleman Bastards series, his name is beginning to make rounds in the fantasy community. Let me entice you before we go any further into the audiobook itself. If you’re on Larkable, chances are you’re part of a Fandom. The Lies of…

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Open Your Ears To: Mitosis (for free!)

If you’ve read Brandson Sanderson’s first YA novel Steelheart, you’re going to love the novella Mistosis! I actually didn’t wait for the audio recording of Brandon Sanderson’s debut Young Adult novel Steelheart. I went for the hardback as soon as it was available. If you haven’t read Steelheart, you should, and definitely before listening to the free Audible.com recording of Mitosis, as the short story won’t make any sense without it’s predecessor. Steelheart fills the futuristic sci-fi, technologically advanced yet suffering-world void that The Hunger…

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Robin Hobb Assassin's Apprentice

Don’t Open Your Ears To: Assassin’s Apprentice

The historic and ever popular book Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb is diminished by Paul Boehmer’s narrating Imagine it: an audiobook we finally don’t recommend. It had to come sometime. The acclaimed book Assassin’s Apprentice is the first in The Farseer Series by Robin Hobb. I’m not giving the book a bad review at all. In fact I’m itching to know what happens next! It’s been praised by fantasy authors such as Brandon Sanderson and George R.R. Martin and is undoubtedly a brilliant story. But…

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Open Your Ears To: The Complete Harry Potter Series

By this point, Larkable doesn’t have to tell you how amazing Harry Potter is, you just know. But do you know how amazing it is when narrated by Jim Dale? (Image Source One of the very first audiobooks I listened to was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. An 8 hour car ride seemed painfully long and while I have hours of music to listen to, why wouldn’t I listen to Harry Potter instead? Yeah, exactly, that’s an excellent argument, right? Audiobooks were the thing…

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Open Your Ears To: Last Argument of Kings

The First Law Series comes to an end with the incredible Last Argument of Kings. (Image Source) First it all began with The Blade Itself where we met our illustrious point-of-view characters Logen Ninefingers, Sand dan Glokta, Ferro Maljinn, Jezal dan Luthar, Collem West, and Dogman. Then in Before They Are Hanged we followed them through difficult peril over the vast reaches of the Union and beyond, well into the Old Empire. We got to see into the depths of their souls, and whether we…

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Open Your Ears To: Before They Are Hanged

Continuing in the First Law Series, Before They Are Hanged will have you hanging on to every word. (Image Source) Joe Abercrombie picks up directly following the ending to The Blade Itself, keeping to the point-of-view characters Superior Sand dan Glokta, Logen Ninefingers (or as we’ve come to recognize him, The Bloody Nine), Ferro Maljinn, Jezal dan Luthar, Major Collem West, and the Dogman. While we got a good introduction to the Dogman and Collem West in the first book, Before They Are Hanged lets us spend a little…

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5 most Captivating Books

Open Your Ears To: The Blade Itself

Open Your Ears To Joe Abercrombie’s first book from the First Law Series, The Blade Itself, narrated by Steven Pacey. The Blade Itself is the first book in the First Law Series by English fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie. The First Law Series is well known across the board so the books included in it are already outstanding, so how about the narrator, Steven Pacey? Amazing. Steven Pacey is amazing. The Blade Itself follows a few characters, all points of view told in third person. The…

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Open Your Ears To: Neverwhere Adaptation Review

We wrote on Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere before, and now that the Neverwhere adaptation has been released and we’ve had time to digest the content, we at Larkable have something to say about it. Usually this writer prefers actual audiobooks as opposed to adaptations, but this Neverwhere adaptation is unlike any other radio production you’ll hear. The stars of the BBC radio Neverwhere adaptation are James McAvoy (Young Professor Charles Xavier) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell). McAvoy gets to let loose with his full Scottish accent…

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Khal Drogo: A Cautionary Tale in the Value of Neosporin

Jimmy Kimmel and Jason Mamoa discuss the most accurate and anticlimactic death yet on “Game of Thrones” Some could say that the death of the hulking Khal Drogo from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga is a cautionary tale about disregarding the value of antiseptic. The Dothraki War Lord wins an impressive battle with an unruly soldier, only to succumb to infection from a nick in the chest left by an errant arahk (the scythe-like blade favored by Dothraki). Of course, there’s the…

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