Hanging with My Fascinating Fictional Best Friends

Posted on February 1, 2016 «
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The Reluctant Assassin Quote

I know, I know, y’all are thinking that I’m going waxing on for about 500 to 1000 words about the amazing James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. But guess, what? YOU ARE WRONG!

In the fan world, there is a lot of focus on book boyfriends and book girlfriends, I want to focus on book best friends. Characters that I would love to hang out with and just veg. Characters that I admire. Characters that are a reflection of myself as I am or as I would like to be.

Oh, and Claire ain’t gonna be on this list. I can’t keep up with that chick. Blood, gore and the lack of a decent cup of coffee…no, thanks!



My Fascinating Fictional Best Friend: Cress

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I know that some people think that Cress is a naive weakling, but she comes through in the clinch when it matters. The tech skills she has honed in her little satellite are amazing and get her out of so many tight spots.

In my day job I work with technology, part of my responsibilities is software support. Like Cress, I attempt to use my skills for good. To rescue clients and co-workers from nasty situations. Or course, we aren’t starting a revolution, but I do try to use my skills for good in the higher education world. I would hope that Cress would teach me more technology tricks to improve my skills.

Cress also has a man with an unusual sense of humor that encourages her and adores her. And she remembers that when she really needs to push herself to her limits.



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My Fascinating Fictional Best Friend: Lena

Over the course of four books, Lena, from the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines has grown to become one of my favorite fictional characters.

Lena transforms beyond the personalities thrust upon her by readers to a pillar of strength. I enjoyed watching learn and discover what it means to be human even if physically she is anything but. She would be my role model—the fictional friend I most want to be like.

Besides being able to teach me kick-ass fighting skills, I would hope to gain poise and encouragement to speak my mind in all situations after spending some quality time with Lena.


Quick Reading Challenges Update!

So far the #ShelfLove Challenge is going well for me. I’ve read 3 books and abandoned 1 that were on my shelf prior to January 1, 2016. I’ve read a total of 6 books so far and 1728 pages.


#ShelfLove Challenge 2016

So how about you? Who are your book boyfriends or girlfriends or best friends? How are you doing on your resolutions (reading or otherwise) for the year so far?

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25 responses to “Hanging with My Fascinating Fictional Best Friends

  1. I don’t know any of these characters, but yay for choosing Book Best Friends instead of Boyfriends/Girlfriends. I did the same.

  2. Learning more about Crest makes me happy that I gave this series another try. I’m loving Cinder now. Amazing how a reader’s taste always changes and evolves (or devolves lol)

  3. Yeah, I could never keep up with Claire either. When I got to the part in A Breath of Snow and Ashes when they run out of tea and then coffee, which gets replaced by chicory, my first thought was there is no way I would ever want to go back in time to the 18th century. It’s bad enough that there was a constant threat of death by disease, injury, weather, war, etc., but to not be able to face the day and all its craziness with a decent cup of tea or coffee?! No, thank you. I’ll stay in the present.

    • I never took that into consideration until I listened to The Reluctant Assassin. It’s why I included that quote today. Decent coffee is MUST for me. 🙂

      And I get woozy just watching lots of blood on TV, I would never make it in Claire’s surgery.

  4. TheSeedQueen

    Trav Becker from Dennis W. Green’s Traveler (so-to-be) trilogy. He’s a little street tough for me, but wouldn’t it be fun to hang out with him and Sam watching a sci-fi marathon?

  5. I’ve heard good things about the Hines series, Lark over at Bookwyrm’s Hoard recommended it a while back. Isn’t Lena the dryad character? Not sure, but I was reading the blurbs a while back… may have to try those.

  6. Hi Terri, I got your email. Thanks! This is the page I already tried but the link above “Is this a book review? Jump to the Quick Review” doesn’t take me anywhere. Should I link books reviews here?

  7. I haven’t read the series your fictional best friends are from, but you make them sound like they would be awesome friends. I’ll need to check those books out.