Cup of Dcaf: Themes and Subtlety in Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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This has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s pretty much par for the course that good SFF has more than just a basic story going on. The ability to construct new worlds, cultures, and environments gives authors an unparalleled ability to comment on things in our own world in a more nuanced, and if done well, more effective manner. This can cover things like racial topics, economic issues, religion, military strategy and policy…you name it. If it’s an issue in our world, it’s probably been written about.

But when you break it down, some books (and TV shows or movies) handle this much better than others. Continue reading

Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread – The Eye of the World Part 3

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Welcome back to Drew’s Wheel of Time Reread! Yes, I know this is two days later than I said it would be. I’ve been under the weather for the last few days, and that has put a serious crimp in my WoT schedule. I will do my best to get Part One of The Great Hunt up this Saturday, but we’ll see what happens.

Today, we will finish up Book One, The Eye of the World. As usual, there will be spoilers present for the whole series. You can find the introduction post here, and Part One of The Eye of the World here. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time! Continue reading

Cup of Dcaf: When the Narrator Makes the Book

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This post is mostly going to be about other books I’ve read, moreso than anything I’ve written, because it deals with first-person perspectives. While third-person narrators can absolutely make an impact on the way a story is read (looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire), some of my favorite stories are first-person novels. By and large, the reason for this is the way the first-person viewpoint structures and colors the story. Continue reading