Category Archives: Reviews by Atrium

Among Others

Mostly, Mori uses magic, of which she seems strongly imbued, only when asked by the fairies and then only if the act does no harm. Continue reading

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Remnant Population: A Look at First-Person Narration

Aspiring writers who struggle with the temptation to pause the first-person narration and present an alternative POV within the story can take a lesson from how Moon resolved that need in Remnant Population. Continue reading

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The Lovely Bones: A Study in Writerly POV

Aspiring writers who struggle with managing a narrator’s voice or multiple views for the same scene can learn much craft from Alice Sebold. Continue reading

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Reading in 2013

My resolution for 2013 centers on more structured reading, maybe with a group, and posting reviews where the group discusses results. Goodreads is a great place to start, but the smaller challenges are fun too. Here’s two that I embrace … Continue reading

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Killing the Undead

Halloween Postscript: What is the fascination Americans have with the undead? Vampires and zombies and wrights (read GRR Martin) and werewolves and immortal enemies of Asgaard fill our screen with increasing levels of gore and violence.  Even Abraham Lincoln must … Continue reading

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The Self-Styled Reviewer

Act as a confidant to the reader. What will she like if you pass along the book to her. “Don’t read this story on Sunday because you’ll be up all night and miss work the next day.” Continue reading

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The Appeal of Thelma & Louise

I object mostly to the ending when the pair drive over a cliff rather than return to society and face jail time. Many have claimed this ending shows that there’s no place in real life for rogue women; except Thelma and Louise aren’t acting like women. The pair is acting like they think the men would act, all the way to driving off into the sunset. Continue reading

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There’s Always Horses

In many fantasy stories there’s usually castles and magic and mean women, and a cook who used to be a woman warrior. But, no matter what the wild animals or domesticated animals look like, horses are everywhere. Continue reading

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