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Revisiting Corus: Emperor Mage

In this review series, I’ve been reading all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. In this post I’ll be going over Emperor Mage, the third book in the Immortals quartet.

This book is definitely my favorite out of this quartet–the lush setting, the complex intrigue that doesn’t bog down plot progression, and the wide range of animals make this an exemplary book, showing off the best of Daine and her companions. Emperor Mage takes Daine out of her comfort zone to the barren, troubled shores of Carthak. I promised in a previous post to talk about Carthak’s relationship to Egypt and whiteness in nobility, so let’s start with that.

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Revisiting Corus: “Elder Brother” and “The Hidden Girl”

Leading up to a new Tortall book coming out, I’m reading all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books and Tortall ephemera. In this post I’ll be reviewing the short stories “Elder Brother” and “The Hidden Girl.”

At the end of Wolf Speaker, Numair turns a man into a tree with a word of power. He mentions in that book that, as a result, somewhere else in the world a tree has become a man. “Elder Brother” is the story of that tree.

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Revisiting Corus: Wolf Speaker

I’m reading the 19 Tortall books, as well as Tortall ephemera, before the 20th Tortall novel comes out this February. In this post I’ll be reviewing the second Immortals quartet book, Wolf Speaker.

In reading Alanna’s books, a lot of what I focused on was how Tamora Pierce’s writing and Alanna’s arc grew and matured over the course of the books. This book doesn’t fit that structure.

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Shower Comics: The Ugly and The Sensational

The Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang run of Wonder Woman was extremely excellent; I started pulling issues with my local shop towards the climax, and it did not disappoint. It was sad when the writing and art went to Meredith and David Finch, simply because the old run was over, but I figured I could give it a shot. I ended up putting their first issue down and writing them off within a couple of pages, and I’ll tell you why: it was the shower scene.

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Fresh Romance Volume 2

I Kickstarted Fresh Romance Volume 1 way back when it was under the auspices of Rosy Press. Now that the Fresh Romance IP has moved to Emet Comics, one might worry that its fun, romantic, diverse commitment might…change, or waver. Have no fear! Fresh Romance Volume 2 just shipped to Kickstarter backers in the bound volume, and came available to preorder to everyone else. It’s just as lovely as the first.

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Revisiting Corus: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Leading up to the publication of Tamora Pierce’s 20th Tortall book, I am rereading her Tortall books. In this edition of Revisiting Corus, I’m going over the third book in the Song of the Lioness quartet, The Woman Who Rides Like A Man.

Let me start by saying: I enjoy this book. Overall, especially with everything I’ve been through with Alanna, it’s good.

That said–it’s a weird book. And it has some issues for a modern reader.