YA REWIND: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

February 27, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.


Death as a Tool in Genre Storytelling

March 29, 2012

Spend enough time watching the Master, and you start to expect the sudden, soul-crushing deaths of your favorite characters – particularly when nearing the end of a series. Sometimes I have to remind myself that not every writer has Joss Whedon’s love of sticking a knife in my gut vis-a-vis killing off a beloved fictional hero. Unfortunately, it seems that for a genre story to achieve any sort of legitimacy from the wider world, death is the key. Not just any death, mind you. To really achieve mainstream acclaim, that death must be a) shocking, b) of an innocent, and c) as a result (direct or indirect) of another hero’s actions.


Book Reviews in Brief

August 4, 2011

Between my Kindle and newly kindled love of graphic novels, I’ve read a lot in the last several months, always intending to blog a proper review. I’m a little short on the time it takes to summarize and analyze my thoughts at the moment, but I thought I’d throw out a couple of words on the latest additions to my library.