For some reason, I find myself reading multiple books right now that revolve around the theme of power: mankind’s constant struggles for it, what it does to those who hold it, how it affects those who don’t. The one I most recently finished—Traitorborn by Amy Bartol—is remarkably like Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson…

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Writers of books are told over and over again to “show, not tell.” It’s a directive that, if implemented well, makes for a much more vivid, immersive experience for book readers because they are supplied with tactile or visual details of settings or characters’ emotions rather than told how characters feel or where they are.…

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In the acknowledgements section at the end of The Waking Land by Callie Bates, she states that her book is “what happens when you read your daughter The Lord of the Rings [when she’s]…nine, then drag her into old-growth forests and nurture her desire to be a writer.” The book is a story told in…

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So, if we’re friends on Goodreads, you’ll notice that I’m again reading a plethora of books: Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell A. Barkley, Phd; A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld; Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal; and Get Out of my Life by Anthony Wolf. This week, I finished reading Ever…

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This week, I give you three book reviews in one: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, and The Winner’s Kiss, all part of the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Altogether a rousing and emotional, if somewhat ponderous, speculative fantasy series about a young woman, Kestrel, who is the daughter of a general, the owner of…

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