On Character Agency
 

On Character Agency

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The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
 

The Gutter Prayer

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NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part Two: I WON!
 

NaNoWriMo 2019

Part Two: I WON!

 

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Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review

Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review 

When I hear my twelve-year-old weeping, I know one of two things is happening: a) she’s reached the climax of another Warriors book, or b) there’s been another tragic death in a Warriors book. This massive series has been my daughter’s singular book obsession for roughly a quarter of her life. She occasionally takes a […]

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Frances Hardinge Interview – A Skinful of Shadows

Frances Hardinge Interview – A Skinful of Shadows 

Frances Hardinge is one of the finest fantasy authors around. Her inventive and beautifully written YA novels, the most recent of which is A Skinful of Shadows (2017), are widely loved by readers of all ages and have received many awards. They run the gamut from richly invented fantasy worlds populated by homicidal geese or […]

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Candy by Lavie Tidhar

Candy by Lavie Tidhar
4

“A long buffet table on the other side was laden with sweet pastries, chocolate and cream, in flagrant violation of Prohibition. They must have been brought in from out of town. I was shocked to see them there, but only for a moment. I’d already known not all grown-ups played by the rules – even […]

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Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
4.5

If you have not read the Fablehaven series that preceded this book, you are missing out. I will even come right out and say that I think it is better than the Harry Potter series. (*gasp*) But there it is. I am shocked that this has not been picked up and adapted for the big […]

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Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane

Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

The second book in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, Deep Wizardry, is just as good as the first, I’m happy to say. Nita and Kit, the young wizards who thwarted the Lone Power, reappear just as they were in the first book: young, brash, and in ever so slightly over their heads. They are also […]

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So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
5

I think it’s a safe bet that most people who visit this site have wanted to be a wizard at some point (and a safe bet that some of us still do). Unfortunately, as far as I know, none of those wishes have come true, which is why we turn to books. If we can’t […]

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J. K. Rowling is Better than Shakespeare

J. K. Rowling is Better than Shakespeare 

Tell me if you’ve ever read these stories before: – A young male sociopath disapproves of everyone and everything around him, including any of his romantic interests. He changes nothing, learns nothing, and leaves. – It’s the olden days, and terrible things are happening to good people. Terrible things continue to happen for 200 – […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
5

Mirka of Hereville has defeated a troll in a knitting contest and won her home back from a meteorite that tried to take her place in her family, but now she faces a challenge both potentially more familiar to her readers and more difficult: babysitting her bratty six-year-old half-sister Layele. Mirka, being Mirka, doesn’t take […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
4.5

I’ve done a post on sequels before, and on the difficulty of making them both true to the original book while still building on the world and the characters. I think, in every review I write of a book that isn’t either standalone or the first in a series, I’ll be tempted to revisit that […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
5

Library book swapping is almost a habit among my family. My mom has borrowed the copy of Girl Waits with Gun that I checked out last week, and I’ve been hovering over my sibling’s shoulder for Ms. Marvel. I did the same for Welcome to Night Vale and The Lunar Chronicles, and it’s a generally […]

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A Genre for the Ages

A Genre for the Ages 

Think back to the first time you picked up a fantasy book. What was it? How old were you? For most of us, the answer is probably pretty young. I remember Sherwood Smith’s Wren To The Rescue and Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle In Time series were some of my earliest favorites. Some of the other middle […]

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The League of Princes by Christopher Healy – Series Review

The League of Princes by Christopher Healy – Series Review
5

Ever wondered what Prince Charming’s real name is? Meet Frederick. And Gustav. And Liam and Duncan. They are the Prince Charmings (or Princes Charming, as Frederick insists), and they’re determined to prove that they are more than just those princes from the songs. So when they stumble across a dark plot forming against all their […]

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