Author Archives: midiguru

Fear of Rewrites

Over the years I’ve had occasion to critique quite a few pieces of fiction by aspiring writers. When I critique, I call it as I see it. If there’s stuff that’s awkward or doesn’t make sense, I say so. I’m … Continue reading

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Not Watching the Movie

From time to time I dip into the bottomless pool of self-published fiction, just to see what’s thrashing around out there. I prefer not to shine a spotlight on the awful prose I run into. Dwelling on it would look … Continue reading

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Kvothe the Raven

Large fantasy novels sometimes get off to a slow start. When tackling a new one, I try to give it 125 pages before I decide whether to go on or bail out. By that point, if not before, a writer … Continue reading

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Epic Fantasy Done Right

If you’re looking for a fine and somewhat unusual epic fantasy series, may I recommend Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Sharing Knife? It may be a little low-key for some readers’ tastes, but in the end it packs quite a wallop. … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat

I thought Tamora Pierce’s first novel about Beka Cooper was pretty good. Haven’t read the second one yet. While browsing in our Friends of the Library used bookstore, I spotted a two-in-one hardback called Tricksters (containing her Trickster’s Choice and … Continue reading

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The Rudiments

When a writer has become successful, there is always, I suspect (I wouldn’t know), a temptation to think, “Oh, the basics of good writing no longer apply to me. I know what I’m doing.” This temptation seems to have gotten … Continue reading

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Butcher Block

Human history is a dreadfully bloody affair. Few readers above the age of 12 would want to read a fictionalized history in which all is sweetness and light. Wholesale butchery, however, is not very attractive in a story. One wants … Continue reading

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