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Authors Answer 92 – Lemons and Steel

Lemons and Steel? What does that mean? You’re going to find out! This month, we have a special Authors Answer where we take a title, decide what genre it is and where it takes place, then write a brief summary about the book. You get to see our creativity.

And this is an interactive Authors Answer! At the end of the post, you’ll find a poll. You can vote for your favourite idea. We’ll be doing this every week this month, so expect some interesting stories.

Also, there are several members who are absent this week due to various reasons: a couple are in the process of publishing books, while another is busy preparing for school. It’s a busy month!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 92 – Lemons and Steel

Paul B. Spence

Genre: Non-Fiction

Setting: Asia

Summary: A comparative analysis of European Colonialism in Asia, focusing on the role of industrialism and modernization on the cultures of Asia. A hard look at how the lack of lemons in Europe forced early colonial navies to forage in Asia to prevent scurvy, and the influence of those sailors on the native peoples.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Genre: Science Fiction

Setting: Dystopian Future Tokyo

A young man with no name and no past runs a fruit cart in the rundown Nishi-Shinjuku district. This lonely vendor holds a secret deep inside, forever shielded from the world around him, but when the Invaders decide to set their sights back on Japan, his blade must ring out one final time.

D. T. Nova

Science fiction/historical

Medieval England

A used car lot is transported back in time by a mysterious phenomenon. The cars have more speed and endurance than any horse, as long as they aren’t breaking down. The owner is now known as Sir Raymond, the Yellow Knight.

Elizabeth Rhodes

“Lemons and Steel,” a webcomic set in a south Florida bakery. Ellie’s fresh out of culinary school and is over the moon with her first serious bakery job. Turns out the job comes with much more work – and play – than she thought.

Jean Davis

Lemons and Steel is a mystery novel set in the midwest. Veronica Weston is called in to solve the murder of Clive Lemon, avid knife collector. When the murder weapon, a jeweled dagger, turns up in Clive’s grieving brother’s home, she’s sure she knows have the killer. But then they meet the rest of the family and they give sour a whole new meaning.

Eric Wood

Lemons and Steel is a Young Adult novel. In a small, rural town a few teens hear about an enormous corporation who wants to set up shop. When the suspicious teens mistakenly uncover a dark secret they vow to stop the corporation. Opening a Lemonade Stand is just their first step.

Gregory S. Close

YA: Romance/Adventure

In a world where civilization has collapsed, and citrus fruit has succumbed to the biological plague known as the Scurvy, gangs of hairless mutants with bad teeth rule the desolate landscape of the apocalypse.  But into this madness and despair strides one boy with a dream… and a seed.

Citron is the last of the Planters, a mysterious cadre of botanical experts devoted to the preservation of Earths’ flora.  His family murdered, their seeds scattered, he has only one hidden lemon seed and a dream.  Can he overcome the suspicions of the relatively beautiful mutant called Steel, the roguish daughter of the unscrupulous mutant Captain Blight?

Together, can they bring an end to the Scurvy and lead humanity back from the brink?

They’ll need soil.

Water.

A dash of plant food.

Courage…

…and love.

Jay Dee Archer

Lemons and Steel is a historical novel set in the Edo Period of Japan. A lone samurai wanders the land encountering injustices that are running rampant. He’s discovered by the Yuzu ninja clan whose leader wants him dead. But he has a secret weapon, he polishes his sword with lemon juice before every battle.

How about you?

Now it’s your turn. Choose a book that you think should be written. Which best fits the title “Lemons and Steel” in your mind? Vote below, then leave a comment explaining your choice.

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The Best Classic Authors Ever

I have an interest in reading some classic authors. I’ve read Shakespeare, Homer, and a limited amount of 19th century literature, but I’d like to read more.

I tried the 99 Classic Books Challenge on List Challenges, and my score was dismal. I’ve only read six of the books. Isn’t that pathetic? There are a couple more in that list that I own, but haven’t read yet.

I need suggestions. I have some questions for you to answer, so please leave them in the comments below.

  1. Which classic author and book do you recommend from the 20th century?
  2. Which classic author and book do you recommend from the 19th century?
  3. How about the 18th century?
  4. 17th century?
  5. 11th to 16th century?
  6. 1st to 10th century?
  7. 1st century BCE and beyond?

If you don’t have an answer for some of these, don’t worry. Leave it blank. I’m looking forward to your answers. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 44

First of all, if you haven’t voted in the last group, please do so. It needs more votes. I’d appreciate it!

There’s a lot of green in this group, and one of my favourite pictures. I wonder if you know which one it is. I thought it looked great after I took it. Let me know which picture you think I like the most.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Jujo station from Saikyo Line train

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Street in Warabi

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Rainbow after the rain

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Four leaf clover

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Big green poplar

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Beautiful spring view with Mt. Fuji

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Venus above the wires

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Izumino Station during a thunderstorm

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Spring sunset

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Ofuna festival starts!

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thank you for the votes! Let me know which pictures you voted for in the comments below. I’d love to know what you think.

Language Test Drives

Several months ago, I did a few language test drives for languages that are available on Duolingo. Since then, there have been several new languages, though three of them use different alphabets. I’m thinking about doing some more language test drives, but I want your opinion.

It’s not easy to choose a language, especially when they’re significantly different than English. So, please vote for which language you’d like to see me attempt first.

Ukrainian and Russian use the Cyrillic alphabet, while Hebrew uses the Hebrew alphabet. Surprisingly Vietnamese uses the Roman alphabet, as does Hungarian.

Let me know which one you voted for a why in the comments below. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 43

On to the next group! This one contains a lot of green and water, but there’s more, too. Looking through these photos gives me a lot of nostalgic feelings. I’ll be back there again! Anyway, which photos do you like?

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Enoshima coast

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Little splash

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Looking across Sagami Bay

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Flowers in spring

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Bright green

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Tokaido Line T

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Under the umbrella

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Bus in the rain

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Vivid green Isshikigawa

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Hawks at Yuigahama Beach

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for all the votes! Please let me know what you voted for and why. I look forward to seeing your opinions.

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 42

In this group of photos, we moved on down the coast of Kamakura and into Fujisawa, especially Enoshima. You get to continue enjoying the seaside and island scenery with these ones. But which photos do you like?

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Inamuragasaki cape

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Enoshima and Shichirigahama from Inamuragasaki

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Kamakura coast from Inamuragasaki

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Enoshima condo

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Sexy fountain on Enoshima

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Torii on Enoshima

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Surfboards in a narrow Enoshima alley

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A finger into the ocean

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Rugged Enoshima coast

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Rock arch

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

I was joking about the sexy fountain. Anyway, I’m very interested in what you think of these photos, so please leave a comment explaining your votes. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 41

You’re in for a treat this time. Sky, lots of sky. And sunsets! This is when my obsession for amazing, bright sunsets began. And they are some of my more popular photos. But I’ll let you be the judge. Let’s take a look.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

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Venus, moon, and Jupiter

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Today's amazing sunset and clouds

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Sakura

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Marsh boardwalk

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Enoshima

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Mt Fuji sunset

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Mt Fuji sunset at the beach

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Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura

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The cliff of Inamuragasaki in Kamakura

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Inamuragasaki, Kamakura

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for voting! In addition to the vote above, please let me know why you voted the way you did. I’m very interested in knowing.