Life is Dark

Meghan Cox Gurdon has been at it again with a response to the criticism against her article “Darkness Too Visible,” which I commented on in an earlier post. Clearly, YA novels are out to get us and out to eat your children. Gurdon still just doesn’t seem to get it.  Adolescents have to deal withRead more

A Foray Into Science Fiction

Recently, I realized that as a whole I’ve neglected to read much science fiction.  This may, in fact, be the understatement of the year. Oh, I’ve read some classics, but I’ve never really counted them as sci-fi.  Zamyatin’s “We,” Orwell’s “1984,” and Huxley’s “Brave New World” all seemed to me to focus so much onRead more

Darkness Too Visible

By now, you’ve probably read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s Wall Street Journal article “Darkness Too Visible,” which criticizes the availability of dark-themed YA novels.  Needless to say, this has created quite a buzz in the book blog world, with a great deal of debate on both sides. My own opinion is that Megan Cox Gurdon isRead more

Good Writer vs. Good Storyteller: A Fantasy Rant

I’m still working on finishing up my next book, so today I’m just going to post an observation that I’ve had while reading fantasy novels.  There is a HUGE difference between a good writer and a good storyteller.  Unfortunately, most fantasy authors that I’ve come across are good storytellers but absolutely terrible writers.  Robert Jordan,Read more