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Rich Follett for Readers’ Favorite

“Seven Beyond will tolerate any degree of scrutiny, giving back just as much as the reader wishes to put in. Here you will find ample fodder for linguistics study, model building, costume play, gaming (Tsing Tse, the glass bead game) or an annual convention – this work reveals itself in layers and will continue to reveal itself as long as one keeps reading and re-reading.” Continue reading

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Book Viral

Atrium “wields an enviable vocabulary, weaving multiple narratives through an imaginative and richly layered plot that is flawless in its execution, her characters wonderfully nuanced so as to bestow memorable depth to each.” Continue reading

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Perspective on Bad Reviews

Writers seek a style that’s instantly identifiable for paragraphs taken out of context like with Flannery O’Conner, Margaret Atwood, or even Joyce Carol Oates. O’Conner was slammed for too much violence, Atwood for word smithing, and Oates for, well, everything. Continue reading

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The Thief: a Master Class in Pacing

For my writing students, I recommend this book as a master class study in pacing for inserting the rights elements at the right moment. Continue reading

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Marina Dyachenko: Keep the Plot Uncomplicated

Dyachenko’s story offers many situations where Egert is humiliated and heaps shame on him with relish. But Egert Soll was driven by the curse and had no choices except one time he uttered “no” instead of “yes”. This is not a moral dilemma where his free will decides his fate. Continue reading

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Louise Erdrich: About the Unreliable Narrator

I found the central character to be Cally who struggles to find meaning in the advice, myths, strange gestures, broken dreams of her parents-stepfather-cousin-grandmas-ancestors. The details Erdrich presents of their disassociated lives are unsparing and often funny. Continue reading

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Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling: A Review

The struggle in the final act means the watcher and apprentice fight on the side of the current royal family for whom only three scenes were spared, and vanquish a long-simmering blood feud for which only two scenes were constructed. 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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