September is just around the corner and, as promised, I have another reading challenge. The premise is pretty simple. A common criticism of the fantasy genre is its tendency to lean heavily on European settings and historical influences, England’s most especially. What I wanted to do was find fantasy novels from all over the world, … More Fantasy Translation Reading Challenge
A few weeks ago, I delved into the pacing of a rather interesting novel, A Deadly Education. But that is one novel (admittedly, the first of a series), and it led me to ponder: compared to individual novels, what does the pacing of an entire series look like? And, with those thrilling sneak-peek images for … More Wheel of Time: A Case Study in Series Pacing
I was going to put off my RBR until I had at least another book to throw on here, but then I started craving another Fire reread, so I figured I may as well just write up these reviews now before too much of it slips my mind. It’s just as well, because, if you … More Book Reviews: A Deadly Education and Rule of Wolves
As a fantasy reader, I am well familiar with book series. And although I’m just as fascinated by standalone fantasy and the rise of the duology (specifically for their tight narratives), I will never complain at stumbling across a book I really love and finding out that it is the first in four, or seven, … More Extended Book Series and the Fallibility of the Human Memory
It is always pleasant to be taken by surprise with a novel, and, a few cultural missteps notwithstanding, A Deadly Education provided just that. (For the concerned reader, I do plan on delving into this in my book review, but this post is already long enough as it is.) The author, Naomi Novik, uses world-building … More A Deadly Education: A Case Study in Pacing
Alright, friends, I’ve read a handful of books in the past two weeks and it’s time for another rapid book review. There’s actually a pretty nice variety in the books–a historic YA fantasy, a YA thriller, an adult epic fantasy, a play, and a YA epic fantasy. So there’s probably something for just about everyone … More RBR: Firekeeper’s Daughter, Kings of the Wyld, etc.
Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology is one that walks two tracks: it follows some unwritten rules of genre writing while carving out a completely new niche in the specific subgenre of Fantasy. In today’s post, I’m going to attempt to extrapolate what, exactly, might make a book feel more of a genre book rather … More Setting Study: Monsters of Verity and the Fringes of Genre
I’m excited to say that, after half a year of waiting, I’ve finally finished the second books of two series that had me hyped last year. Those being: The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter, part of a four-book series called the Burning; and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, the conclusion to the Monsters … More RBR: The Fires of Vengeance, Wings of Ebony, Our Dark Duet, etc.
As we head into June, I figured now would be as good a time as any to take a quick glance at my 2021 reading goals and see how we are doing. I’m going to refer back to my Setting My 2021 Reading Goals post for the books that I wanted to get to this year, … More 2021 Mid-Year Reading Check-In
Everyone loves to hate on Goodreads, and for good reason. Amazon bought the website several years ago, and ever since then, there haven’t been any substantial updates to how the site looks or operates. It just feels old. That, plus all the ads, the Book Awards amounting to nothing more than a popularity contest, and … More Goodbye, Goodreads. Hello, StoryGraph?