Comment Policy

My blog is set up so that I moderate all posts before they post; since I haven’t had a real flood of readers interacting in this way, that’s been perfectly manageable for me. I’m also not the type to delete a discussion because it makes me uncomfortable; in short, I trust myself with moderation.

And I had to send a comment to the trash this morning, and I don’t feel bad about it.

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Revisiting Corus: Page

In this series of posts, I’m rereading and reviewing the numerous books set in the world of Tortall written by Tamora Pierce. In this post I’ll be reviewing the second book in the Protector of the Small series, Page.

I cried a few times during this book.

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Revisiting Corus: First Test

In this series, I’ve been reviewing each of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. In this post I’ll be going over the first book in the Protector of the Small series, First Test.

Kel was my first Tamora Pierce heroine, and she’ll always be my favorite.

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Revisiting Corus: “Dragon’s Tale” and “Lost”

In the Revisiting Corus series, I’m rereading all of the published stories that take place in the Tortallan universe prior to the release of the long-anticipated Numair novel, Tempests and Slaughter, in February. This post covers two short stories set in the Tortall universe, “Dragon’s Tale” and “Lost.”

I’ve never read these stories before, so this was an interesting dive into some new material, for me. However, both are relevant to the Immortals quartet I just finished reading; “Dragon’s Tale” is about an adventure Kitten has and “Lost” is a story about some of the darkings.

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Revisiting Corus: The Realms of the Gods

I’m rereading all 19 books set in the Tortall universe, as well as Tortall ephemera, in preparation for Tempests and Slaughter‘s release in February. In this installment, I’ll be talking about the fourth and final book in the Immortals quartet, The Realms of the Gods.

I’ve always thought this book was fantastic. My thoughts on some elements of it have been complicated over time, but it still remains that it’s a fantastic book.

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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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Do We Own Our Own Stories?

I saw Blade Runner 2049 last night. It was beautiful; it was moving; it was such an inspiring second act to the first one that I feel compelled to re-examine my feelings for that particular film. Neither Blade Runner film feels compelled to make all of its themes explicit, but the thing I found myself thinking the most about after I left the theater was the nature of our stories, how they create our identity, and our ability to retain ownership of those stories.

(There are spoilers for the film beyond this point.)