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I've never blogged a re-read before, so to a large extent I'm making this up as I go along. The basic idea is that I'm breaking the book down into about 10 chunks so I have a decent amount to discuss, but it doesn't take a year to get to the end of it. For this first part I'm looking at the prolog and Chapters 1 through 4 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Before I get to that though, I thought it would be worth setting the scene a little bit:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight was published in 1984 and fantasy fiction was rather different back then. Most of the big names we're currently familiar with hadn't been released (no Wheel of Time or Harry Potter or Game of Thrones). There were a few blockbuster series (Eddings Belgariad and Brooks Shannara spring most readily to mind) but the market was much smaller and there wasn't much in the way of licensed or game based fantasy fiction. Dragonlance changed that in a big way.
There was a time some years ago when the X-Men movies were seen as the height of superhero adventure on the big screen. Things have changed a lot in the last decade. Mutants no longer reign supreme in the comics or the movies. Unable to participate in the great Marvel Plan and hampered by a truly atrocious movie in X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men movies just don't get the attention they used to.
I knew I was bringing him trouble before I walked through his door. It's not like I had much choice. The room stank of cigarrette smoke and sweat. The man behind the desk looked like he hadn't slept, or bathed, in a week.
He looked up as I entered and for a brief moment something flickered in his eyes? Hope? Curiosity? And then it was gone, his bruised and battered face a cynical mask once more.
An episode with significant structural flaws yet it entertained me anyway. Steven Moffat has gone on record that part of his vision for Doctor Who is for the show to be a dark fairytale. This approach is certainly not universally popular since it tends to downplay the science elements of the show. How strong those science elements every were is admittedly debatable, but still it's a bit of a hot button with people. I mention this because Season 8, Episode 10 — In The Forest Of The Night just screamed fairytale to me.
The Pulp Stories collection on Medium is intended to be a source for modern fiction that takes inspiration from the pulp era of storytelling. I’m looking to serve both readers and writers with this collection. What Is Pulp? The origin of Pulp fiction is the cheap fiction magazines of the first half of the 20th century. Printed on cheap paper they aimed at populist entertainment with an emphasis on escapist fiction.
There was a giant knot right above my temple which got progressively more painful every time I prodded it. My Wal-mart shift was. Well… have you ever been to Wal-mart? That's what it was, only with a sore head and not enough sleep. I was really looking forward to getting home to my comfy bed and crashing for the evening. At least until I remembered Steven.
Okay so this is a slightly unusual situation. I'm reviewing a book that won't be published until 2015, but it was published when I bought it. That's because the author self-published and then subsequently sold the book and a sequel to a major publisher. That explanation out of the way let's talk about The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson. It's a Young Adult novel with a steampunk setting and a heavy emphasis on romance.