Posts Tagged: Science Fiction

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

Round-up of older titles read recently (and one new one)

#1) Jhereg by Steven Brust Somehow I’ve gone 25 years of genre without reading Steven Brust. I remember very distinctly  buying The Phoenix Guards at a middle-school book fair, but found it not to my tastes at the time. Jhereg, Brust’s first novel, is nothing like how I remember that first foray. Stripped to the bare essentials,… Read more »

A Quartet of Reviews: ‘Cause I Need to Catch Up

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel Polansky is a writer’s writer. By that I mean writers love his work. It isn’t to say that the average reader won’t enjoy She Who Waits or Straight Razor Cure, or Tomorrow the Killing, but that writers will enjoy them more. The… Read more »

A Political Comparison: Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch and Up Against It by MJ Locke

Scott Lynch tackles something in Republic of Thieves that falls flat on its face. Politics.  This doesn’t mean the novel fails. It’s actually a wonderful addition to a series that continues to excel with Lynch’s unique voice and kinetic narratives. Where Republic of Thieves falls short, MJ Locke’s Up Against It knocks it out of the park with the best portrayal… Read more »

Parasite by Mira Grant (Guess who’s back?)

It’s been a long time since I used this particular trick. Cheryl is back. Why do I use Cheryl? Because I tend to finish everything I start. If I only read things that I enjoy, how will I ever stretch myself? I’m also loathe to spend 800 words eviscerating someone’s baby. Thus, Cheryl was born. Cheryl… Read more »

Review Catch-up of Recent Reads

As I’ve been moving lately, I find my writing time has declined somewhat. I’m sure things will settle down soon. Until then, here’s three quick reviews of some recently read stuff. * Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach Rachel Bach is also Rachel Aaron, author of the more young adult oriented Eli Monpress Trilogy. She’s taken the… Read more »

The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

Whenever I see the name Wesley, I think of Carey Elwes (Dread Pirate Roberts!), which inevitably leads me to Robin Hood Men in Tights.  RHMT, as I call it, is quite possibly the finest spoof film of our time. In it, Robin Hood is captured during the Crusades and is imprisoned at Khalil Prison in Jerusalem…. Read more »

Reviews: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells and The Lowest Heaven

Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells I last read a Star Wars novel in 1998. I was seventeen and still very much enamored with notions of the Force. I lost interest, at the time, because the ‘expanded universe’ began moving further and further away from the core of what made Star Wars special–its characters. The problem… Read more »

No Return by Zachary Jernigan

Books like Zachary Jernigan’s No Return are the primary reason why the Night Shade Books collapse was a crying shame. It is bold, edgy, daring, and uneven in spots, making it both exactly the kind of book that demands to be published and one that is likely to be passed over by larger houses. In all,… Read more »