All in Review

Book Review: Uprooted

What do I say about this story? It's a coming of age tale, a dark faerie tale, a story about magic and love and loss. It's a story about the ties that we have to our family, our birthplace. Ultimately? It's a story about unity.

Something that I really enjoy in Fantasy novels is unique magic, or magic that is used in unique ways. If you read my review of The Black Prism, you know that I really dug on the idea of light as fuel for magic. That system of magic was really well developed and spelled out to the point where you could really understand what was possible and which rules could be broken and how the world worked. But that's just one end of the spectrum. On the other end is Gandalf, where you see the power, you see the magic, but you're never quite sure what the limitations are or if there are any at all.

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The Role of Fandom in Media

With the new Star Wars film out this weekend, I've been thinking about how fandom fits into modern media. Just in case you haven't seen the movie yet, this is a spoiler-free discussion.

I'm a big fan of the Star Wars franchise. There are more hardcore fans than me, and I certainly don't consume every single piece of Star Wars that is ever released (I haven't even seen any of the animated stuff), but I do enjoy the films and the theming and atmosphere of Star Wars. So around the release of the new films I get excited.

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Book Review: The Black Prism

This book.

I've been waiting for a book that I really felt like I could give five stars to. This one is it. If you like fantasy and clever magic in books, you should read this. I'm serious. Super big recommendation from me if that means anything to you.

I'm always looking for that next book that really hooks me in and gives me that sense of escapism that I think I look for in fiction. Since I'm a bigger reader of speculative fiction, a lot of the time it's in the fantasy genre that this happens, since it's far enough removed from the real world that it engages my imagination in new ways. Science fiction can get me there, but only if it's done really well. Done poorly and my engineer's brain starts poking holes in it and I can't really let myself fall into the narrative.

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Assassin's Apprentice

This book is a little bit cliche. And before you write it off, give it a moment. Lots of books are cliche, and I actually think that in some cases is a good thing. People come to stories with expectations, especially in genre fiction, and those expectations need to either be met by the story or subverted in a way that is tasteful and surprising and refreshing to the reader. In the case of this book, I think they were met well and subverted just a little bit.

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Book Review: Extreme Makeover Apocalypse Edition

Hey there.

I've been away for a while, it's no secret. I'm well aware that this blog has been sitting dormant for over a year now, and it's entirely my fault. Life has been a bit crazy recently. Between moving across the country, buying a home, having a baby, dealing with new work situations, I haven't had as much time to write as I would like. The good news is that things are starting to settle down again, and I'm going to try to kickstart the blog once more, to try to gain some traction here.

The other piece of good news is that I have still been writing, it's just that none of it has seen the light of day. I have a couple projects in the works, and I'm really excited about them. I'm excited to share them here in the near future.

ut apart from all of that I wanted to start doing other things here as well. So, you might see a few new types of posts from me, the first of which being this one, a book review.

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