Brandon Sanderson: Legacy

Maybe if Robert Jordan hadn't died, I might not have discovered Brandon Sanderson.  My taste for pure fantasy has waned as I've grown older.  It makes me sad.  I want to love swords and sorcery as much as ever, but my heart just isn't into it anymore. Anyway - It was a strain to read book 11 of the Wheel of…

Ernest Hemingway: Brief

To be honest, I'm not sure I much care for Hemingway.  No, not sure at all.  I mean, he's a writer.  A good writer. One of the best.  You know all that already.  But his stories, well, they're sad.  Nothing good happens in them, nothing happy.  But you gotta read them, right?  Because he's a great writer,…

Dave Duncan: Love

I learned about Love from Dave Duncan.  There are a hundred different kinds of love in this world and he covers them all.  The unconditional, instinctual love for a child.  The often conditional, but forgiving love for a spouse.  The patient love for a beloved parent. The comfortable love for a true friend.  And even the respectful love for a close enemy.…

Robert Heinlein: Sex

A friend read my post, One Word Test, and after reading the list of ten of my favorite authors, she asked, "Do you actually like Heinlein?" And the truth is, no, not any more.  As an adult trying to re-read his books I loved as a teen, I now find them creepy and pedantic, and…

One Word Test

Fans of Doctor Who should recognize this quote from the latest episode, The Snowmen: "Truth is singular; lies are words, words, words." For the rest of you, it is the rational given for the "one word test," where a character must answer every question put to her with only one word. For example, Question: Why…