Monthly Archives: March 2012


I tend to think of Venice as a city of atmosphere. Yes, there are interesting sites, but when I go to Venice, I never seem to focus most of my time on them. Instead, it’s the walking around and finding … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of The Iron Knight

I’m going to make this as free of spoilers as possible. This is notable for this particular post because I’m talking about the fourth book in a series here, instead of beginning with the first one. Why am I doing … Continue reading

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Changing of the Seasons, Demeter and Persephone

As the weather is getting warmer (in my geographical location anyway), I thought I’d post today about the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. Hades, the god of the underworld, wanted to marry Persephone, daughter of Demeter. Knowing Demeter wasn’t … Continue reading

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A lot of people know Verona as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and indeed, Juliet’s house is situated in the city (despite the small detail that she didn’t exist.) There are also an assortment of souvenirs available related … Continue reading

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Milan is one of the cities that I went to on my trip to Italy over the past week. The other cities that I dropped by were Verona, Venice, and Florence. I’d been to only Venice and Florence before, and … Continue reading

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Discount Armageddon, Cryptozoology

I spoke earlier about Seanan McGuire’s pre-release campaign for this book, but now I’ve gotten to read the book itself. This book is about a cryptozoologist working with communities of supernatural people and animals (cryptids), when trouble starts to go … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar Kidnapped by Pirates!

One of my favorite anecdotes from history is this one about Julius Caesar, before he had the success we all know that would follow later, is about how he was captured by pirates. The pirates had a set price for … Continue reading

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Seanan McGuire’s Pre-release Strategy

From what I’ve seen and read, it appears that authors face a challenge in getting audiences interested in a second series that doesn’t have anything to do with their first, more successful one. Well, here’s an example of a strategy … Continue reading

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World Building in The Lies of Locke Lamora

This book, set in a city evocative of Venice, is about a group of conmen who unwittingly become dragged into the middle of a political power struggle. What I think really works about this book is the world building. From … Continue reading

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