G.A. Aiken

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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 Lost Art of Courtesy

The Lost Art of Courtesy

​I’m reading Book Eight in G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, Feel the Burn. This installment focuses on Kachka, a (rather fierce) human, and Gaius Lucius Domitus an Iron Dragon and the Rebel King. As always, it’s an entertaining story of dragon shifters living in a world with two suns and many gods. This time, the war is religious rather than political and thus the carnage is commensurately greater. And, as always it’s a satisfying read that engages my intellect while satisfying my craving for a good story with interesting characters all the while providing grist for the mill of my blog. In Feel the Burn, Kachka is a daughter of the Steppes: rough-hewn, tough and no nonsense. Kachka and her sisters live close to the land in a society dominated by women. Men serve them and raise their children and there seems little purpose or desire for common courtesy. They… READ MORE

The High Price of Hubris

The High Price of Hubris

I’m enjoying Dragon on Top, the latest installment of G.A. Aiken’s (the nom de plume of Shelly Laurenston) Dragon Kin series. I adore this series because it always brings a smile to my face; this extended shapeshifting-dragon family is crude, loud and proud. In fact, each faction of dragons is more arrogant than the last, and it’s a rocking good time to see them taken down a notch (usually through the power of love, so it’s nice—and naughty, it’s a twofer). All of these arrogant dragons got me thinking about the fatal flaw of hubris. It’s a killer. There’s a reason Greek tragedies focus on the issue. Arrogance is a character defect. It is the opposite of humility, which is also a grossly misunderstood trait. I’ve actually spent a great deal of time contemplating my navel… I mean thinking about the twin notions of hubris and humility. I used to… READ MORE

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

New Year’s is a time to make resolutions, or, for me, to set intentions. It is a time of new beginnings and of endless possibilities. Most of these have to do with accomplishing a goal, like writing a book (my goal for 2015!), or losing weight, or finding love, or getting a degree.  And many have to do with adopting good habits. Which begs the question, why are good habits so hard to have and to hold onto?  For me, it’s a function of being able (or not) to design and maintain routines and practices. Some people enjoy routine and the control it brings. Others prefer spontaneity, adventure and serendipity (otherwise known as surprises). I’m a spontaneous kind of gal, as you may have guessed, and I have a majorly rebellious streak when it comes to routine and persistent practices. I hate doing what is expected of me.  Even when the expectations are generated by… READ MORE

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