Tag Archives: Stuff I’m reading

Laser-like precision: Ben Aaronovitch and Audience Targetting

Recently, I raced through a four book series in less than a week, slamming down over 1500 pages with a compulsion that surprised me. The series was Ben Aaronovitch‘s Rivers of London series (four books and counting). The books are part police procedural, … Continue reading

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The Recipe Book of Writerly Contrivance

Recently finished Gordon Dahlquist’s Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, and have been itching to write a blog about it. Not because I was incredibly impressed, but because the flaws of the book are distinctive enough to be interesting. The … Continue reading

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Learning to hate the idle pleasures of these days

I’ve recently been reading Iain M. Banks for the first time (which has been one of those “Why haven’t I been doing it for years?” moments). For my entree, I’ve picked up  The Algebraist. It’s high-end space opera, with painstaking attention … Continue reading

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Relatable Worlds and Suspension of Disbelief

Readers are flighty beasts, whose attention wanders at the smallest excuse. You need to lull them into a secure zone of thought before you can tell a story properly and let it unspool in their mind in the way you … Continue reading

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Three Asides and some thinking

Characters are the bedrock upon whom the foundations of a a story is laid. They speak the author’s words, they are his eyes to see with, they are the prism through which a writer can refract the pure white light … Continue reading

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Impressions: Halting State Series

Just finished this duo of books (surely, if the rules of speculative fiction mean anything, soon to become a trilogy) by UK author Charles Stross. The books are an interesting near-future hybrid of a police procedural and tech thriller. The … Continue reading

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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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