Tag: literature


From When We Were Young

I’m amazed now at how many works I either sneered at or didn’t appreciate fully when I was young. I have a vague recollection of liking Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, but thinking it kind of dull and hard to understand. As I finish Dragonquest, the second book now, I’m blown away, both by …


Clever Pretense

I’ve never been a fan of pretension. I’ve never been someone who followed trends or got into stuff because that’s what the cool kids were into (wherever in the global pantheon of “coolness” you were trying to fit in – whether that’s mainstream or music snob or blogger mommy or whatever). That’s not to say …


Things That Don’t Work For Me

I have a love of 1800s literature. It’s not an exclusive source of study for me, but I genuinely enjoy reading H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and the like. I like even older things, like Alexander Dumas and Shakespeare. I like newer classic authors like Bradbury, Asimov, Tolkien and Heinlein. I like even newer …