JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 2)

On to day 2. (Also here I’d like to thank the creators of the JordanCon app, which makes looking back at the panel details much easier, in addition to being useful during the convention.) Surprisingly, I got downstairs relatively on time on the Saturday of the convention this year; not having to wait long toContinue reading “JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 2)”

JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 1)

This past weekend (at least as of when I started writing this post) I attended JordanCon 6 (also known as Asha’Con). This was my fourth time attending, and it really has become a yearly highlight. I wouldn’t have subtitled last year’s recap “Why you should come next year” if I didn’t feel that it was worthwhile–thoughContinue reading “JordanCon 2014 Recap (Part 1)”

Book Review: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Spoilers)

Promise of Blood was not a book I jumped to buy. I had heard of it here and there, and seen its author, Brian McClellan, mentioned as well several times. All I can say is, I wish I’d picked up this book sooner (I read a library copy, but since then I’ve ordered both itsContinue reading “Book Review: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Spoilers)”

Death in Fiction: A Discussion on the Killing Off of Characters (Spoilers for the Divergent Series, and Others)

(Note: This posts also contains some spoilers for the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, the Song of Ice and Fire series, and the Wheel of Time Series. This post is about death, and most fiction has it.) And now, finally, we’re reaching the end of my Divergent-centric posts, which is just as well, as I’d rather dwell on the great books I’veContinue reading “Death in Fiction: A Discussion on the Killing Off of Characters (Spoilers for the Divergent Series, and Others)”

J K Rowling, George Lucas, and Retcons (Mostly A Rant)

This wasn’t a post planned in advance, but when I saw the ‘news’ where J K Rowling ‘announced’ that she regretted pairing up Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series not long ago, I felt the need to say something about it. (Though I am aware that in the full interview her comments weren’t asContinue reading “J K Rowling, George Lucas, and Retcons (Mostly A Rant)”

Plot and Setting: Why Bigger is Not Always Better (A Continuation of My Thoughts on the Divergent Series)

(Warning: Spoilers for the Divergent series and the Hunger Games  series.) As I mentioned in my quick review of the Divergent series, the first problems with the story began to appear in the second book, Insurgent, where it felt like the author decided that the story needed to be ‘bigger’, and went about expanding it the wrong way, whichContinue reading “Plot and Setting: Why Bigger is Not Always Better (A Continuation of My Thoughts on the Divergent Series)”

A Quick Review of the Divergent Series (And the Beginning of a Discussion)

Aaand I’m back! It’s been far too long since I last posted here, but unfortunately graduate school took more of my time than expected.  Now that I know this, I hope to be able to better organize myself so that there aren’t any huge gaps between posts again. Ideally I’d get something up at leastContinue reading “A Quick Review of the Divergent Series (And the Beginning of a Discussion)”

Book Review: Rebel Angels by Michele Lang (Spoilers for the Series)

And I finally get to the third and final book in the Lady Lazarus series. Unlike the first two reviews, where I avoided spoilers for the book I was discussing, here there will be, as this is the final book in the series and I have things to say regarding the ending. Also, this reviewContinue reading “Book Review: Rebel Angels by Michele Lang (Spoilers for the Series)”

Book Review: Dark Victory, by Michele Lang (Spoilers for Lady Lazarus)

It’s been a while since my last review, which was for Lady Lazarus, the first book in Michele Lang’s Lady Lazarus trilogy. I hadn’t finished the other books in the series at that point, and I since have, but for a number of unrelated reasons I wasn’t able to write this review. So here itContinue reading “Book Review: Dark Victory, by Michele Lang (Spoilers for Lady Lazarus)”

Some Thoughts and Observations After Completing My Second Book

If you follow me on twitter, You might be aware that this week I completed my second book (the first draft of it, at least). This is a really exciting and important milestone for me. While completing that first one was in many ways more important in that I knew that I could finish a novel,Continue reading “Some Thoughts and Observations After Completing My Second Book”