Posted on 10-Dec-16 13:32
Even with its title, Redshirts references cliches of genre-fiction. In the titular case, it is the tendency for (red-clad) Star Trek security officers to die alarmingly often, a technique used by the writers to increase dramatic tension without killing any main characters. Interestingly, it is not with condemnation that John Scalzi writes about these conventions. Quite to the contrary, it is an examination dripping with the writer’s affection towards the source material.
Posted on 09-Dec-16 16:35
Rainbow Rowell, in her novel Eleanor and Park, captures the romance between two social misfits so beautifully. It’s awkward, it’s adorable, it’s painful, it’s heartbreaking and it’s so, so moving. I can relate to the characters, being a teenager around their age, and that makes this book even more special. Eleanor and Park are nothing alike; they come from different backgrounds, they live different lives, they have different destinies written for them, yet how they manage to find their first love in each other is a story worth reading.
Posted on 02-Dec-16 16:21
If you're anything like me, the excess of unoriginal Christmas books leaves you wondering how anyone could, at this point, come up with original holiday-themed content that doesn't make you want to move to the top of a moutain, leaving only to steal Christmas and harass villagers. Well, dear readers, I can inform you that your search is over. And if you've ever wondered "Why doesn't my holiday story involve extensive, Hattari Hanzo-esque swordfighting scenes with a dual katana-weilding Santa, posessed Ninja Teddy Bears and a disgruntled elf wielding dark magic?" look no further than Manga Claus: Blade of Kringle.
Posted on 01-Dec-16 15:35
Maybe it’s the fact that I just finished re-caulking my windows, the success of our Yule Ball, or just the relentlessly cheerful march through the holidays, but my cold, cold Grinch-like heart has been feeling a lot more optimistic lately. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I’d try to ferret out the sunny side of some unfortunate circumstances any student in the province is probably feeling as we trudge on into 2017.