Category Archives: Reviews

The Geologist’s Viewpoint: H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror contains one novella, originally serialized, and three short horror stories. Lovecraft is both amazing and maddening—he is really smart and I can see that in his writing, … Continue reading

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Cloud Layout: David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

  In David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, several generations search for truth, knowledge, and the means of survival. Mitchell captures the essence of each time period and builds on it like an orchestra building to a crescendo and then he … Continue reading

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Format and World Immersion in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

  Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a fast-paced, user-friendly video game of a novel. How does Cline craft it so masterfully that I am engrossed from page one and don’t want to stop? He uses specific formatting, pacing, and … Continue reading

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Review of Brandy L. River’s Sleepwalker

I received Sleepwalker by Brandy L Rivers in exchange for an honest review. First, a bit about the author: Brandy L. Rivers is obsessed with monsters and magic. She is the author of the Branches of Emrys series, the Others … Continue reading

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Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker

Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage: Store the Food You Use Every Day by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker The premise: food storage for the modern cook. The idea is good, but the book falls short of fulfilling the … Continue reading

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Particularities in Nicolai V. Gogol’s The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil

In every story there is a battle of good and evil, the extent of which depends on the characters, the story, and the author. In Nicolai  Gogol’s The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil, the small things illuminate … Continue reading

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Talk-Story and Ghost Words: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

                    The value given to words is a shared experience between the storyteller and the receiver; both must be open to the story for it to have impact. Oral stories are … Continue reading

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Capturing Character: J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy explores the gaping hole left by Barry Fairbrother’s absence when he unexpectedly dies. It is a darkly comical novel set in the little town of Pagford, England. J. K. Rowling is a master storyteller … Continue reading

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Setting Writing Goals: April 2017

  How’s it going, writers? Did you write in April? I hope you did. I hope words flowed from your fingers and characters and worlds came to life through you. This month, I focused on writing articles, business copy, and … Continue reading

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Tessa: Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel

In genre novels, vast amounts of information must be told concisely. Readers must know about character and it must be written in a way that compels the reader to follow the story because they care. Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel is … Continue reading

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