Cashore Appreciation, pt 2: Graceling (+ Mini Book Reviews and NaNo Thoughts)

Graceling was Kristin Cashore’s debut novel (Fire was its prequel), and as such, didn’t quite have the writing and plot finesse that the other two books of her series did. But what was truly astounding about Graceling was its conflict, both interior and exterior. For the latter — the one that both characters come together … More Cashore Appreciation, pt 2: Graceling (+ Mini Book Reviews and NaNo Thoughts)

Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

I finished Jane, Unlimited, and while I’ll save the review for later on in my post, I thought I’d celebrate Cashore’s newest release with a post I’ve been meaning to do for some time now. Kristin Cashore is perhaps my favorite author, for a multitude of reasons: she’s got an amazing writing style, she can … More Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

I’ve talked before about working to make a novel seem more realistic. In fact, I’ve written whole posts about them, in regards to character, world-building, plot. But perhaps before one can write a really good “realistic” novel, one has to understand why it’s so important to make it realistic in the first place. And before … More Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)

Dragons have long been a source of wonder and intrigue. Tolkien might have created the fantasy genre with his The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, but he, like the rest of us, pulled from pre-existing source material. I recently read Saga of the Volsungs for a class, and found that Tolkien’s most memorable … More The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)