Tomorrow, When the War Began

In light of the first book from Australian writer John Marsden’s Young Adult series Tomorrow, When the War Began being made into a movie, I recently took the time to reread it. My review of the movie, if I ever get to see it, will follow. For the sake of clarity – ‘Tomorrow‘ refers to […]

A Game of Questions with Jennifer Armintrout!

How would you describe your writing mojo/style? That’s a really hard question.  I can define other people’s styles really easily, but my own is hard!  I guess I could name my style something.  Early “Matlock-if-it-had-vampires-in-it”, maybe. Was Carrie’s limited perspective and her character always a factor in your world building for Blood Ties? I don’t […]

Oh urban fantasy… why can’t I quit you?

Just sloughed through the most recent pile of urban fantasy. It’s not so much bad as it is uninspired. There are a lot of white women, with sardonic, oddly perky tones engaged in extreme displays of femininity. Buffy’s shadow looms large in the genre, so it’s like every vampire slayer/vampiress/heiress with an attitude is deeply concerned about both […]

Jodi Picoult – Handle With Care

Ah, the time I have wasted reading Jodi Picoult in the hope of finding a novel that rivaled her Nineteen Minutes. Most of them are just plain boring, but some are downright offensive to several groups, like Salem Falls and My Sister’s Keeper. Her second most recent novel, Handle With Care, falls into this category. […]

Carrie Ryan — The Dead-Tossed Waves

Dude, Ryan took *everything awesome* about The Forest of Hands and Teeth and just fucked that shit up. I think you can kinda tell looking at the covers how different these two books are, too. One’s a dead looking chick floating in some waves wearing a cami. The other’s a woman looking a bit ahead, […]

Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper

Note: this critique is of the book My Sister’s Keeper, although I refer to the movie. The movie mostly follows the book until the final court scene, whereupon it goes off in two different directions. Discussion on both book and movie are welcome. Spoilers beware. (IMHO, it’s not worth reading, anyway.) Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s […]