Tag Archives: trope

SIX OF THE BEST… questions to ask your nerdy friends after seeing Rogue One

As expected, I saw Rogue One on opening night — which is Friday, despite all the new metrics that only count Thursday opening box office receipts as a measure of success. Anyway, after seeing it and digesting it, I decided that, while … Continue reading

Posted in column, nerdery public, nonfiction, six of the best, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: “H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education” by Mark Walden

So far, I’ve given H.I.V.E. a lot of grief over its use of genre conventions, but I hope I’ve done it good-naturedly enough to keep you from being put off the book. I mean, it’s YA; it’s sort of YA’s … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: “The Magician King” by Lev Grossman

I enjoyed reading the book, and there were a lot of clever and funny things to keep me interested until I got to the next plot point. And, unlike the first book, The Magician King clearly sets up another sequel. … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: “Spectyr” by Philippa Ballantine

As I said in my review of Geist, Philippa Ballantine’s writing is well-paced, not overly laden with exposition (a major flaw in several fantasy novels I’ve read), and tends to leave tropes for readers to trip over. Book Review: “Spectyr” … Continue reading

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment