The Unconcluded Conclusion: ASOUE Month

By Nicholas Landon   This is it. Week one of A Series of Unfortunate Events Month we discussed the tone of the series. Last week we discussed the mystery element and the overall secrecy involved with the story. But more than those elements and the ones that I didn’t get to cover in such a…

The Quagmire Queries: ASOUE Month 5-10

By Nicholas Landon Ringing warning bells are informing me that I need to apologize. Explanation: Carrey, a friend of mine, needed my help moving. See, he is fleeing the country for personal reasons, and he won’t be coming back anytime soon. So you see his (and my) dilemma. Ringing the CPP gang, then, I was…

Series of Unfortunate Events Month: A Better Beginning

By Nicholas Landon I’ve made no attempt to hide my feelings about the Harry Potter series. From taking passing shots at Harry himself in my review of Magician to referencing J.K. Rowling in my discussion of the hero’s journey, I think it might be clear that I am not the biggest fan of America’s favorite…

Wizard’s First Rule: Authors Named Terry are Trouble

By Nicholas Landon What’s better than a sword and sorcery adventure with blatant anti-communist and misogynist overtones? Well, a lot of things actually, but that doesn’t mean that Wizard’s First Rule (1994) is a bad book. In fact, of the modern batch of copy-and-paste fantasy novels, the first entry in Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth…

Magician: Feist Does it Better

By Nicholas Landon I may have given the wrong impression last week with my review of Sword of Shannara. Truth is, I love sword and sorcery fantasy novels in a way I am not sure I could love any other genre. Put bluntly, fantasy novels were what got me into reading in the first place.…

Tale of the Rip-Off: Terry Brooks

By Nicholas Landon In a quaint home, a young denizen of a rural village lives his life peacefully with his family. Then, one day, a mysterious stranger from an order of wizards appears to reveal to him his past and his destiny. Now he must go and defeat a once-leading member of the wizard order,…

Against Mediocrity: The Gods Themselves

By Nicholas Landon Isaac Asimov. What is there to say about the man? At once the man is unassailable in his impact on the genre of science-fiction, and yet also so impactful that his work feels cliché, if only because he was the one to create the sci-fi tropes we know and love. With over…

The Sparrow

By Nicholas Landon There really are few things that I enjoy in literature more than themes pertaining to spirituality and religious growth. Now, the minute I say this I have to instantly clarify that when I say I like religious themes, that does not necessarily mean I like books categorized as religious fiction. Francine Rivers…

The Giver: Lois Lowry (1993)

–> A review by Kayla. To be honest, I’m not sure how to write one of these review things. I’m sure my last review for Beloved sounded like a mix between a research paper and an infomercial, equatable more to the super enthusiastic Billy Mays than to the ‘as seen on TV’ ads. To be fair, I…