So I Was Cleaning Out My Drive…

how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-4_3So I was cleaning out my Google Drive the other day and came across this gem. I have no idea how old it is, but I’m glad I kept it. I’m sharing it with you, my followers, so you know how I’ll be contacting you when I want to stage my revolution (because what writer doesn’t have plans for a revolution?)

My revolution will be later entitled as: The Revolution of Justice. My followers will be called the Judges. I want that established before we continue. [In retrospect, you all will be called the Jury]

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Gregor and the Code of Claw: A Lasting Impact

8dbba17559ea3bdecf51bd0e4958195cGregor and the Code of Claw is the fifth and last book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.

I love this series (if you couldn’t tell…). Eight years ago, I had stopped rereading Chronicles of Narnia, my first book love. I wasn’t read much fantasy at that time- sticking mainly to mysteries or other ‘real world’ genres. But then I got this entire series as a birthday gift and devoured it in four days. Continue reading

Gregor and the Marks of Secret: Writing War (Part 2)

d1e05d3d80af7d6193f0ed7c940550caGregor and the Marks of Secret is the fourth of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.

In Gregor the Overlander I talked about how focused and subtle it was in its war themes. By the fourth book in the series, the message is much blunter, with Gregor outright questioning the place and necessity for war. Although this approach probably wouldn’t have worked in the earlier books, by now the series has built up to a point where it can support a harder look at the issue. (Spoilers ahead)

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The Hunger Games Trilogy: Writing Sibling Relationships

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Back when the Hunger Games was big, I remember a friend complaining about Prim’s character. She said Prim was a prop because she and Katniss never talked to each other ‘like real siblings do.’ Just recently, my sister was complaining that siblings are too friendly in books and talk to each other too much. I happen to think Prim and Katniss have a super realistic relationship, and agree with my sister on the state of siblings elsewhere.

(Spoilers ahead)

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Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods: Why Little Kids

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The art I’m using is killing me because I own different editions, but there’s no high quality image of them.

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is the third book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.

It’s rare to have prominent toddlers in fantasy books, especially when there’s a quest involved. 99.9% of the time, it’s unrealistic to have them there. After all, who would take a toddler on a dangerous journey? But having such a dependant character along adds an interesting dynamic. (Spoilers ahead)

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Beaumont and Beasley Book 1: Comic Characters

912b6jcelbjl-__bg0000_fmpng_ac_ul320_sr200320_The Beast of Talesend is the first book in the Beaumont and Beasley series by Kyle Robert Shultz (here’s his blog). It’s hilarious, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

Normally I’m not big on the secondary, comic relief character. They’re usually not as interesting as the main characters or as funny as the author thinks they are. In The Beast of Talesend, though, I love Crispin, Nate’s lazy younger brother.

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Gregor the Overlander: Writing War (and Other Big Themes)

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The Underland Chronicles, by Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games), is an amazing story. I first read this series eight years ago and was obsessed with it for ages. I haven’t revisited it in years, though, and figured now was a good time to do so.

I can see several similarities between this series and The Hunger Games. Not like she copied herself, but there are personal touches that mark both stories. The biggest touch is the themes both stories explore. (Spoilers ahead)

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