Daily Archives: June 15, 2011


The YA debate: The kids are gonna be okay.

CanaryTheFirst chirps an opinion about the “Too Much Violence in YA Debate

When I was in fourth grade, I got a stack of random books at a clearance sale. Among the pile was Dream-WeaverI got it for the title, but it turned out to be a really cool book. A ship leaves earth for a planet, many years away, and unbeknownst to the colonists, the planet is already inhabited by a society of people. To keep the peace and correct dangerous behaviors, they have dreamweavers, men and women who create dreams for other people and show them the consequences of their actions.

Crime is nonexistent and the world is at peace.

But decades away, a ship of humans is approaching, and somewhy, one young dreamweaver has an astral connection to it. It was a right awesome, and my first ever sci-fi (outside the classics). I loved it.

Years later, when rereading Dream-Weaver, I was absolutely floored to realize I had no memory of…

…a turning point scene where the main character’s period begins and she realizes that she’s a woman now and so decides she will attempt to approach the issues in her life from a different, more mature angle.

And only a partial memory of… Continue reading


[ Book Review ] It’s a Conflict alright.

Book Review: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller: Conflict of Honors

(a novel of the Liaden Universe, the front cover says)

Product Description (lifted from Amazon.com):

“In the third novel of the Liaden Universe, Priscilla Delacroix is betrayed and abandoned by her shipmates. But confronting the crew will be far easier-and safer-than confronting the demons of her past.”

Upon reading this standalone novel from the Liaden Universe, however, the reader discovers that the much harder tasks falls to taking the characters and their situations seriously. I picked Conflict of Honors off the shelf up knowing full well it was a space opera. Hell, that was its selling point – the promise of angst, space, hilarious misunderstandings, and big dosage of futuristic escapism. And I was prepared to swallow mediocre prose to get it.

Instead, the authors created a monolith of flat characters, uninteresting conversations, and absurd conflicts bested only by the even more unlikely resolutions. Please note, the following will include a liberal helping of [mild] spoilers. Reader discretion advised. Continue reading


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