Today I finished reading How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse, by K. Eason, and I have to say, it was one of the best SF fairy tales I’ve read in a long time.Continue reading “Review: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse”
I came across this well-worn but still valid piece of writing advice on Twitter yesterday:
If you plan on subverting [expectations], you need to subvert with the goal of something BETTER.
And now today, on CBC’s Sunday Edition, they’re talking about Robert Munsch’s game-changing book The Paper Bag Princess, which came out in that long-ago era of 1980 and subverted all the expectations about what a fairy tale should be.
I remember discovering (or perhaps re-discovering) The Paper Bag Princess in my twenties. As a young man who had heard a million fairy tales with the “and then they got married” happily-ever-after ending, it was a very different ending than I was expecting: the princess doesn’t marry the prince, not even after rescuing him from the dragon.
It was a different kind of ending, but still a happy ending. Maybe not so happy for the prince, but then he did nothing to earn a happy ending. It subverted the trope and made a new, better thing from it.
So go: subvert the expectations. Subvert all the expectations. Make it better.
Header image: Maman, across the street from Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, in Ottawa.
Over on Twitter, Rosemary Mosco asked about books read and loved in the past year. I took a look at my list, and here are some of the highlights of the year so far, in no discernible order:
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amar el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (reviewed here)
- Peace by Gene Wolfe (Quite a novel, and slated for a re-read sometime in the next few years)
- The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders (a first-contact novel unlike anything I’ve read before)
- The Iron Dragon’s Mother by Michael Swanwick (a fitting capstone to a frequently astonishing fantasy trilogy)
- Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson (reviewed here; I cannot wait for volume 3 or the CBC series)
- The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran (the 3rd book in the Claire Dewitt series; absolutely worth it)
- Get in Trouble, by Kelly Link (re-read; reviewed here)
How was your year in reading?
I’m watching the first episode of George Clooney’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and I’m realizing I need to reread the book.
The 2019 Hugo awards, to presented at WorldCon, recognize excellence in speculative fiction. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists. I’ve only read a few of the works on the list, and I’m reading a couple more.
(The Retro Hugos this year are for works that would have been eligible 75 years ago, in 1944, but no WorldCon was held that year.)
“Hugo Award” and The Hugo Award Logo are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.
…to quote one William Gibson.
Photos taken at Crow’s General Store, Brandon, MB.
Over on Tor.com, a discussion of Sir Terry Pratchett’s works, and how there’s more to them—far more—than just silly puns and goofy characters.
Terry Pratchett is best known for his incompetent wizards, dragon-wielding policemen, and anthropomorphic personifications who SPEAK LIKE THIS. And we love him for it. Once we’re done chuckling at Nanny Ogg’s not-so-subtle innuendos and the song about the knob on the end of the wizard’s staff, however, there’s so much more going on beneath the surface of a Pratchett novel.
Read the whole article; it’s worth it.
I can’t decide which one I want to read first. I really like Join Scalzi’s writing; I loved Son of a Trickster and I’m looking forward to reading more of Eden Robinson’s prose; but man, Sara Gran’s last novel ended on such a cliffhanger, so I’m leaning towards The Infinite Blacktop.
I read Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster this weekend.
It’s the story of sixteen-year-old Jared, who’s doing his best, trying to balance baking weed cookies, caring for his elderly neighbours, keeping his dad from losing his home, keeping his aggressive mom off his case, and generally just trying to not fail grade ten.
It’s not real helpful that he’s started hearing crows talking to him.Continue reading “Review: Son of a Trickster”
A quick quote for Throwback Thursday:
God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.From Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman