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. . . From a Certain Point of View

Hands up everyone who immediately recognized the source of my title quote?  Okay, that was an easy one. In a post a couple weeks ago, I referenced the special difficulty of writing a book in a single point of view … Continue reading

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“Avengers” and the vulnerable superhero

I went to see “The Avengers” again recently. Don’t ask how many times I’ve seen it–I’m not an addict, I can quit any time.  Really. The film got me thinking about the role of vulnerability in heroes.  Any time you … Continue reading

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Review: Thieftaker

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson My rating: 4 of 5 stars A tense, engaging read. There’s been recent interest in historical fantasies with American settings, and this was a nice addition to that elite group. Jackson creates an off-beat character with … Continue reading

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Review: The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham & the Making of a Masterpiece

The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham & the Making of a Masterpiece by Simon Winchester My rating: 5 of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining background to the creation of one of the world’s great series on the history of … Continue reading

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The Writer’s First Job: Why Should I Care?

Again last night, I tossed aside a book after reading a couple of chapters and flipping idly through the ending to see if it turned out as I expected.  The book seemed pretty well written, the setting was clear, characters … Continue reading

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Review: The Hunger Games: an exemplar on writing tension

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have some aspirations to write for young adults, so this seemed like a good book to pick up. I’m not going to do a plot summary–you’ve probably … Continue reading

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Books must be Banned!

Given that so many of us are readers, and so many are writers, I trust that title got your attention.  I love books–they’re a major component of my decorating scheme, and of my life.   But they don’t belong in … Continue reading

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Review: Doc: A Novel (which blew me away)

Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell My rating: 5 of 5 stars While I’m not inherently interested in the subject matter (Doc Holliday), I thought very highly of Russell’s book The Sparrow. In fact, it is one of my … Continue reading

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All a Fantasy Writer Needs

I had the great good fortune to be at the World Science Fiction Convention (commonly known as Worldcon) this past weekend in Reno (hence the dubbing “Renovation”).  Made some comments on my twitter stream with the official hashtag #renosf  I … Continue reading

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Darkly Dreaming, in the Elevator

One of the things I try to do when I write is to look for the right metaphors that not only capture something essential about whatever I’m referring to, but also suit the narrative voice of the story.  This is … Continue reading

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