Reading Tips That Work

Have you ever been in a reading slump? When reading novels is not involved in your daily routine, and you start to get annoyed at this process. As a ‘reading slump’ develops over a couple of weeks, you notice the absense of novels in your life. Sometimes it upsets you, or other times it just […]

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Four Dangerous Books

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde Is there anything like the book that causes debate and outcry? “Dangerous Books” refers to the fictional works of literature that startle and confront us. They are necessary, because without challenging books, literature would be dull. So […]

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Writers And Fandom Entitlement

Writers, who are often underpaid and overworked, are under no obligation to do anything in their literature. They don’t have to include racial or sexual diversity, they don’t have to ask for permission to include graphic content such as sexual violence, they don’t have to hold opinions deemed ‘politically correct’ and most importantly: they don’t […]

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Four Books To Read In April

With April around the corner, I’ve decided to list books that I have not yet read. These books span different eras and genres, but interest me for a variety of reasons. As an aspiring novelist, I’m always on the lookout for challenging books that are compelling and brilliant. You know, the sort of novel that […]

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In Defense Of Power: A Response To Kit Harington

The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it.  Kit Harington, actor in HBO’s Game Of Thrones The fantasy genre, at least in the West, has an uneasy relationship with ‘power’. We don’t have to look further than Tolkien- who has Thorin Oakenshield declare to Bilbo: If more of us valued food and […]

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Classical Genre Fiction

This short and sweet post will examine classical fiction through the eyes of genre. As I have no tolerance for snobbery, the point of this post is to celebrate exciting variations of fiction. Enjoy!

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The Feeling Of Fantasy: The Night Circus Review

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.  The synopsis THIS REVIEW DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS

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The Subgenres & Types of Punk

Punk, right? Chances are you’ve heard the terms ‘steampunk’ or ‘cyberpunk.’ But what do those terms mean in fiction? Does it have anything to do with punk acts like the Sex Pistols? What does punk even mean? Let’s get into that.

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Cynical Writing Advice (or, I’ve got no time for it)

I am not a published novelist, I am not an academic, I am not an established literary critic. But I am a reader, I write, and have the good foresight to spot bad advice being given. This discussion should not be framed as ‘who is more qualified to give advice’ but ‘what will help others […]

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The Great American Novel (Children’s Literature Version)

Ah, The Great American Novel. It’s a phrase that’s tossed around, and is almost a cliche in some literary circles. However, there seems to be a lack of consideration for genre fiction or children’s literature. Discussions about genre snobbery aside- (the idea that Little Women is not great because it’s enjoyed by little girls is […]

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