Monthly Archives: April 2013

Reflections: The First Law Trilogy

Just finished this well-regarded Fantasy Deconstruction trilogy and thought I’d add some thoughts (from a writerly rather than critical perspective). In this, Abercrombie takes a pickaxe to the traditional tropes heroic fantasy quite successfully. It says almost everything that needs … Continue reading

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When too much Shandy is barely enough.

No character exists in a vacuum (not even the cold, cold vacuum of spaaaaace). The setting for a story has a powerful effect on the reader, and on what you’re able to do with the characters. This doesn’t mean your … Continue reading

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Starting Point

“The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it. It happens to be a fact that nearly every writer of fiction in the world drinks more whisky than is good for him. … Continue reading

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