There’s a unique art form that blossomed on a unique social platform, spurred by the unique way fandom democratizes art. Photosets, edits, or photomanips–they go by all those names, and yet many other things do, too–rose as a way for fandom to express itself beyond the bounds of fanart or fanfiction, and the aesthetic sensibilities that have risen from them have had wide-ranging implications on fandom on Tumblr.
In this series, I’m revisiting all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books in order. In this post, I’m talking about the third book in the Protector of the Small quartet, Squire.
Again, one of Pierce’s favorite subjects is the transition from child to adult, and that is the underlying thrust of Squire.
Star Trek Discovery finished up premiering the first half of its first season this Sunday; the second half will come in January. But now that we’ve received a complete narrative arc, it’s a convenient time to look back on the half-season and reflect on what we’ve seen so far. I ended up opting not to do weekly recaps of this show; for one, I was busy, and for two, it’s such a season-narrative type show that it felt like I was attempting to review an unfinished project. I wasn’t decided on how exactly I felt about the show, which is a little contrary to, well, reviewing something.
I’m not sure I have a definitive opinion on the show, but I do have some thoughts. (No spoilers, unless you count vague plot references as spoilers.)
Revisiting Corus is normally a series of posts reviewing the books set in the Tortall universe. However, Tortall: A Spy’s Guide just came out on October 31st, so we’ll be interrupting our scheduled posts to review it!
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this; all of the pithy online descriptions call it “a great gift for Tortall fans!” Which gives the impression that it’s more of a fanbook than a book, without anything new to offer. It’s also presented in a library binding style (cover printed directly onto a hardback surface), which is generally done with these sorts of ancillary books. These types of books have become popular: There’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide, The TARDIS Handbook and Sherlock: The Casebook, among many, many others. These books are generally smaller and cheaper than art books or making-of chronicles, and are written in-universe, with characters compiling files for one reason or another.
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.
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.
It’s true: I’ve decided, on top of everything else going on in my life, to take the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) plunge.
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.
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.
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.