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Mortal Danger: Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger

Some writers create momentum from a chapter to the next that keeps the reader’s attention; sometimes energy lasts for a whole book, and sometimes it lasts for a whole series. Elizabeth Moon is such a writer. Her Vatta’s universe is … Continue reading

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Literary Appropriation in Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths

If a global library exists in the future, Jorge Luis Borges would be filed under renaissance writer. If his work was a painting, it would be abstract art. Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings is a love confession of a … Continue reading

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Makings of a Madwoman: Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys wrote Wide Sargasso Sea as the prequel to Charlotte Brönte’s novel Jane Eyre, from the perspective of the madwoman Bertha. WSS is the tale of Antoinette Cosway, a young girl in 1830s Jamaica and the circumstances which drive her … 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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Storytelling Magic: Mary Mackey’s The Year the Horses Came

One of the most admirable things writers do is to embed in the cultures they create. Mary Mackey is a storytelling master who develops worlds so deeply she creates cultural cues, such as songs, which are vital to cultures. In … Continue reading

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Specific Details and Word Choices: William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Gibson create a flawed character who is a “cowboy” (54) and set him up against an artificial intelligence called “Wintermute” (248). But he isn’t just a hacker—that would have been too simple. Instead, he is a drugged-out hacker who can’t … Continue reading

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