Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Croning – Laird Barron

I’m not a horror consumer, generally speaking. I’ve never seen what I would call a “scary movie” and authors like Stephen King or Dean Koontz or (dare I say it) H.P. Lovecraft have rarely done it for me. They rely heavily on ambiance and tone, oftentimes leave me wanting more when it comes to plot…. Read more »

Blue Remembered Earth – Alastair Reynolds

Blue Remembered Earth. Great title, isn’t it? The evocative image of leaving Earth behind, only to remember its color in the blackness of space. It’s an image that resonates on a visceral level. It also perfectly describes the nature of the technological period imagined — the moment when Earth no longer becomes the center of… Read more »

Guest Post | Robin Hobb Brings the Agency Discussion to a Close

I’ve noticed more and more authors lamenting the treatment of women in fantasy novels. Despite widespread agreement that there should be a more concerted effort to depict strong women, I wasn’t necessarily coming away with the impression that agency is something a character has to have. I asked a swathe of fantasy authors about their thoughts… Read more »

Guest Post | Is Robert Jackson Bennett a Secret Agent?

I’ve noticed more and more authors lamenting the treatment of women in fantasy novels. Despite widespread agreement that there should be a more concerted effort to depict strong women, I wasn’t necessarily coming away with the impression that agency is something a character has to have. I asked a swathe of fantasy authors about their thoughts… Read more »

Guest Post | The Weekend Edition of Character Agency (Long)

I’ve noticed more and more authors lamenting the treatment of women in fantasy novels. Despite widespread agreement that there should be a more concerted effort to depict strong women, I wasn’t necessarily coming away with the impression that agency is something a character has to have. I asked a swathe of fantasy authors about their thoughts… Read more »

Guest Post | Bad GMs Don’t Allow Agency – Mazarkis Williams

I’ve noticed more and more authors lamenting the treatment of women in fantasy novels. Despite widespread agreement that there should be a more concerted effort to depict strong women, I wasn’t necessarily coming away with the impression that agency is something a character has to have. I asked a swathe of fantasy authors about their thoughts… Read more »

Guest Post | Michael J. Sullivan on Character Agency

I’ve noticed more and more authors lamenting the treatment of women in fantasy novels. Despite widespread agreement that there should be a more concerted effort to depict strong women, I wasn’t necessarily coming away with the impression that agency is something a character has to have. I asked a swathe of fantasy authors about their thoughts… Read more »

Guest Post | Elizabeth Bear Knows What Agency Is

Several of last year’s more controversial reviews included charges that female characters lacked agency. Not surprisingly the comment sections on those reviews reflected a great deal of confusion about what it means for a character to lack agency, and furthermore some disagreement about whether it was a legitimate criticism. While those examples brought the issue to… Read more »

Scourge of the Betrayer – Jeff Salyards

I began Scourge of the Betrayer expecting a Joe Abercrombie, Richard Morgan, Glen Cook orgy. Something I’m sure all three of those men have long dreamed about, but only Morgan could write (Steel Remains joke intended). It’s on the cover after all (their names, not the orgy). As a reviewer, expectations are a no-no, but… Read more »

Today I wrote a post somewhere else…

The Speculative Scotsman is on vacation in America. He’s taking the unlikely tour of the American South for his first trip to the States. To keep his blog alive and well during his absence, Niall asked me to write a post for him. Ok, he also asked like twenty other people many of whom have… Read more »