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A new page is up. This is a collection of short lists of recurring themes/tropes/subjects that I’ve noticed crop up in some authors’ writing.

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Sekrit Rools: The Cheysuli Novels of Jennifer Roberson

The following is a parody for humor purposes only: it is not an in-depth analysis. For a definition of “Sekrit Rool” go here

Originally posted in Live Journal Sept. 1, 2006.

I did enjoy these books and another series (The Sandtiger and Del series) by Jennifer Roberson, but there were some attendant problems. Jennifer Roberson seems to have difficulty in portraying a “feminist” character from within the context of the character’s supposed society. Which is to say, her “independent strong minded female” characters tend to sound like stereotypical 60’s era feminists. They also tend to get their feminist opinions disproved within the context of the story, which may be a contributing reason why some fans have assumed in the past that Roberson is a male writer working under a female name. (Well that and the fact that her male characters are…VERY MALE in a way that’s difficult to describe.) Continue reading

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Sekrit Rools: Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini

The following is a parody for humor purposes only: it is not an in-depth analysis. For a definition of “Sekrit Rool” go here

I did not start with reading the comic book. Instead, I started with the trade paperback Journey to Sorrow’s End written by Richard Pini. I might have been in second or third grade, and I utterly fell in love with the elves. It wasn’t until fourth grade or so that I found out that it was actually a comic book–I read the Marvel Comics run, and eventually had most of the graphic novels (which long ago fell apart.) I didn’t begin to become disenchanted by the series until my twenties. Certain plot points which made sense and which didn’t bother me when I was much younger started to stand out as annoying or frustrating. The horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE art of Fire Eye (everyone had pucker mouths there are no words), and future world building of “Abode” kind of nailed down the lid on my love for the series. I still like the earlier storyline, and I should probably try re-gathering my collection some time in the future (If I can find older copies.) Continue reading

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Sekrit Rools: The Saga of Pliocine Exile by Julian May

Originally posted on Live Journal Mar. 31st, 2006 

The following is a parody for humor purposes only: it is not an in-depth analysis. For a definition of “Sekrit Rool” go here

It’s either a sign of otherwise good writing, or morbid curiosity on my part that made me read and finish this series…over a period of several years…(The books in the series tend to be hard to find.) The only reason I completed it was because I really liked “Intervention.” I even liked the first book of the following trilogy that I can’t remember the name of, Jack the Bodiless though not Diamond Mask and Magnificat. When Julian May is good she’s good when she’s bad the book goes flying. Given the lengthof time between the Rools I’m writing, and between the reading of the books, details may have been lost or conflated. Continue reading

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Sekrit Rools: Orson Scott Card

Originally posted on live journal Mar. 3rd, 2006

The following is a parody for humor purposes only: it is not an in-depth analysis. For a definition of “Sekrit Rool” go here

In honor of Yonmei’s dissection of the Man in Question, Card’s sf/fantasy novels in a nutshell. (More specifically, these are the Sekrit Rools of Songmaster, Hart’s Hope, the first three books of the Alvin Maker series, The Ender’s Game books, and Wyrms I have varying degrees of liking for each of these series.) Continue reading

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Sekrit Rools: John Ringo

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John Ringo is in fact a favorite writer, though I don’t read a lot of his books anymore because he’s a writer with many axes to grind–and I vehemently disagree that certain of those axes need to be ground. That said, if you really like explosions and action-adventure, Ringo is probably a writer you’d like. (As long as you have a nice fluffy pillow when something you read makes your head hit the desk. There’s a reason why “OH JOHN RINGO, NO” became a meme.) Continue reading

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Sekrit Rools: Barbara Hambly

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Hambly is a writer whose tropes tend to be nearly universal across her fantasy works, from Dragonsbane to the Darwath Trilogy. (I haven’t checked to see if the same is true of her mysteries.) She’s a favorite writer of mine, though there are a couple books I just can’t read because they’re just a little too grim and dark for me to read. She’s good at conveying strong emotions, and deathless loves and on a few memorable occasions, certain scenes have reduced me to tears or made me laugh hysterically. At the same time, certain characters of hers have made me twitch Continue reading

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