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Lost Girl

I read a lot of genre fiction, but I’ve never quite had the patience to read literature. Read half of The Great Gatsby, lost interest. Read maybe a third of Tristram Shandy, lost interest. Tried Ulysses, didn’t get far. Liked … Continue reading

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Cringeworthy

Are there any standards at all by which a novel can legitimately be judged? Or is the entirety of literature truly a flat and featureless plain on which each reader, and each writer, can with equal justification embrace his or … Continue reading

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Nora Jemisin is a rising star in the world of fantasy. I’m enjoying her work, though not without reservations. I’ve just finished reading the Broken Earth trilogy, and now I’m starting on the two-volume Dreamblood story. The Broken Earth story … Continue reading

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Really?

I’ll admit it — whether I’m writing or reading, I’m a demon for realism. Different rules apply in the case of humor, of course. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books are not remotely realistic, and who cares? But when a novel that … Continue reading

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Drawn In or Drawn Out

A six-novel series is a large canvas. If the opening pages seem leisurely, we should cut the author some slack. But after 150 pages of The Broken Crown, which is book 1 of Michelle West’s Sun Sword series, I’m ready … Continue reading

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Fear of Rewrites, Part II: Mixed Motives

In yesterday’s rant, I seem to have assumed that writers who don’t want to rewrite their fiction don’t care about their readers. That was a mistake. I’m pretty sure anybody who goes to the trouble of writing stories or novels … Continue reading

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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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