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Sensitivity and Snowflakes

Sensitivity and Snowflakes

I’m still thinking about G.A. Aiken’s Bring the Heat, the latest in her Dragon Kin series. I love these books. The characters are so deliciously bloodthirsty and direct. It’s refreshing. So many in this world hide behind silence and indirect attacks. I love the lack of filter, having almost none myself. It’s good to spend time with those of a like mind, even if it’s only between pages. Especially then.  But I digress before I’ve even begun. Why am I thinking of filters and frankness? Because G.A. Aiken also writes about the sensitives in the world—hers and ours. In describing one of the characters who “felt more deeply, lived more heartily, loved with her entire being,” the author also noted that “she could also break more easily and all that lovely goodness curdle.”  In our world, we call these people “snowflakes,” those who melt at the first sign of any heat.… READ MORE

True Believers

True Believers

I love paranormal fantasy. There is no other genre like it.  Where else can authors think up the most extreme, fantastical scenarios to make a point about good old fashioned reality?  Nowhere else will you find such Truth in Fantasy. In today’s ripped-from-the-headlines post, we are discussing the almost inconceivable—to me—phenomenon of zealotry and the ridiculous lengths to which idiots will go to conform to beliefs that defy logic. Before you argue too quickly with me, I do understand that a man rising from the dead after three days defies logic, as does a burning bush and a hat that talks, but I’m talking philosophy not mythology. What I don’t understand and cannot possibly relate to is the idea that there’s a deity out there that espouses hate, marginalization and violence. Or that any world view worth fighting and dying for would advocate genocide or racial enslavement. Who are these… READ MORE

The Zombie Apocalypse

The Zombie Apocalypse

I’m still contemplating Michael G. Williams’ Perishables. Withrow Surrett, vampire and artist, occupied my thoughts long after I turned the last page of his story. In the book, Withrow was instrumental in stopping the second zombie apocalypse—having already survived the trenches of the first foray towards Armageddon. In the second attack, he is desperate to avoid being turned into a zombie not because he fears death, but because he is determined to fight against the erasure of his essential self.  Withrow viewed his transformation from human into vampire as the “gift of ultimate and eternal self.” I’ve never heard immortality described that way, but, like all good ideas, it seems glaringly obvious once I read it. Most books focus on the physical aspect of immortality—the preservation of a healthy, strong and youthful body. In Withrow’s case, his 350 pounds perpetuated for posterity might not be perfect, but he gets to… READ MORE

The Practice of Art

The Practice of Art

John Hartness, author of the Quincy Harker books and the Black Knight Chronicles, is an excellent author. He’s an even better publisher. His small press, Falstaff Books, is batting 1000 by putting out paranormal fantasy books that make me think. Every Falstaff book I’ve read so far has been provocative. The latest, Perishables, by Michael G. Williams, is the first of the Withrow Chronicles and recounts the first and second zombie apocalypses from the perspective of a 350-pound vampire who enjoys both food and blood. Withrow Surrett was an artist both before and after the Big Bite, as he calls his turning. In the present, he palms himself off as the grandson of a famous artist, selling “newly discovered” works by his “grandfather” to fund his immortal life. At a dinner party for the board members of Withrow’s Homeowners Association (’cause, you know, don’t all vampires join their local HOAs?),… READ MORE

Privilege

Privilege

I finished Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, a number of weeks ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This is the second in her Moonshadow series and it was compelling with a complex plot, characters I felt were old friends and themes that made me think. The story’s heroine, Sidonie, a concert violinist, is kidnapped and taken to Avalon (King Arthur’s Avalon), where she is imprisoned and tortured. Eventually, Sid is discovered by a “Magic Man” (he is actually the masculine incarnation of Morgan Le Fey) who heals her and helps her, bringing her food and drink in her prison. In one especially poignant scene, Sid is eating the bread and grapes her savior has brought and she thinks to herself that “she had ever been so grateful for so little before.”  And she realizes just how very privileged she’d been. I try to stay away from politics in this space, but… READ MORE

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