Fantastic Wonder: Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic

Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about a Harry Potter lore book, A Journey Through A History of Magic. Fantastic Wonder: Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic So today, I figured we’d do something different and discuss a … Continue reading Fantastic Wonder: Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic

Fiction Friday: The Court Magician

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker. Fiction Friday: The Court Magician     Today’s short story is The Court Magician, by Sarah Pinsker, as featured in … Continue reading Fiction Friday: The Court Magician

Talking about Tropes: Are We Getting Too Political With Storytelling?

Talking About Tropes is a series where I talk about storytelling tropes and my thoughts on them. I also talk about certain tropes related to my works and why I used them for that specific story. Today, I discuss whether or not storytelling is getting too political.

Talking about Tropes: Are We Getting Too Political With Storytelling?

So a recent conversation on Twitter right now is a debate between political and apolitical storytelling. Namely, are works today too politically focused on recent events. You know what I mean. Racism, gender equality, #MeToo and of course “you-know-who” in the highest seat in the country.

Many of us are tired of dealing with political matter on a daily basis and just want a rest from it all. But with fiction being a free ground for thought, no doubt many authors want an opinion on recent matters and that seeps into their stories.

The only question now becomes: Are we too focused on politics to enjoy books anymore? Can a story be told without ANY political matter? Even if there are political messages, are they one shared by the majority, or a specific leaning.

I have plenty of political thoughts, but I’d rather not share them. I’m in the camp that wants a break from politics. I want to enjoy my life, live it to the best, and not worry if I live or die at the hands of our own lawmakers. So naturally, I am among the camp that wants no part of political messaging in my media.

But is it possible? Can a story be told without focusing on anything recent that’s controversial and warrants further discussion? I have a few thoughts on this because I feel like it’s worth discussing. Again, I don’t do political discussions often (because it usually doesn’t end well), but I feel it’s worth it to throw in my two cents.

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Fiction Friday: Widdam

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Widdam by Vandana Singh.

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Fiction Friday: Widdam

Another long piece this time. Today’s short story is Widdam by Vandana Singh, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can find it here. This story is a post-apocalyptic world in which heat and toxic air engulf the landscape and large mechs roam the world. It’s also a multi-POV story, which is rare to see in shorter works and I’d imagine it’s not easy to pull off. Let’s check it out, then.
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Beyond The Stars: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi from Lucasfilm.

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Beyond The Stars: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

 

I sense a disturbance in the force. As if a bunch of nerds kept crying out in agony and refuse to be silenced.

Or something like that.

Yep, time to dip our toes in shark infested waters and talk about lightsabers. Having narrowly dodged spoilers somehow, I managed to see the film last weekend and I’m prepared to give my honest thoughts on it. To start, I’m going to get this out of the way and say that while I had some issues with it, I enjoyed it overall.

So I know I usually avoid spoilers out of respect, but I feel this is a rare occasion where I cannot discuss this movie without discussing the climax, because a lot of big things happened in such an, admittedly long, timespan. As a result THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FILM. SERIOUSLY, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED UNTIL THE BLU-RAY COMES OUT, THEN LEAVE NOW. DON’T YELL AT ME BECAUSE I SPOILED IT. =)

Now then, let’s begin.

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Fiction Friday: Say it Low, then Loud

EDIT: Updated to include the link. Apologies. Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Say it Low, then Loud by Osahon Ize-Iyamu. Fiction Friday: Say it Low, then Loud It’s Friday, so it’s … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Say it Low, then Loud

Fantastic Wonder: What Makes a Fantasy World Memorable?

Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about fantasy worlds and what makes them so memorable.

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Fantastic Wonder: What Makes a Fantasy World Memorable?

So in my previous review, I discussed lightly what I look for in a fantasy world. I praised The Rise of the Red Harbinger for its mythology. While I was going to discuss something else, I figured I’d spend time discussing what I look for in a memorable fantasy world and essentially what Fantasy means to me. Now, anyone can see fantasy in a different way, so this is more opinion than anything else. You might feel differently, and that’s fine.

But I have personal thoughts on my ideal fantasy world and many of my future works reflect on that. So this is just a small piece of what I look for in a fantasy world.

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