Revisiting Corus: Trickster’s Queen

In this recurring review series, I’ve been going over every Tortall book Tamora Pierce ever wrote in preparation for the newest book in the Tortall world, Tempests and Slaughter, which will be out in February. For this post, we will be going over the second book in the Trickster’s duet, Trickster’s Queen.

This book. Thiiiiiiis boooooooooooooook.


Revisiting Corus: Trickster’s Choice

In this series, I’m reviewing every book Tamora Pierce ever set in Tortall. In this post, that book will be Trickster’s Choice, the first of the two books in the Trickster’s Duet.

Oh, Aly. My feelings are complicated about you. On the one hand, you’re a really excellent book. On the other hand, your handlings of colonialism…are weird.

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Revisiting Corus: Lady Knight

In this series I’m rereading Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. This post is about the fourth book in the Protector of the Small quartet, Lady Knight.

This is my favorite Tamora Pierce book, hands-down.


Photosets: How fans are using Photoshop and screenshots to create a new art form on Tumblr

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.

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Revisiting Corus: Squire

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.

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Star Trek Discovery Review: Season 1, Part 1

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.)

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Revisiting Corus REVIEW: Tortall: A Spy’s Guide

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.

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.