6 Sickening Moments in Classic Literature

If you've ever taken a course in creative writing, you'll know that being on this list is a compliment! A writer's main goal is to manipulate his reader's emotions. The writers on this list manipulated my emotions so effectively that they bypassed all secondary and tertiary emotions and tapped into one of my primary emotions, … Continue reading 6 Sickening Moments in Classic Literature

Harry Potter and the Power of the Heptalogy

JK Rowling's Harry Potter books claim 7 of the slots in the top 10 bestselling books of all times. That's a stupefying statistic if I've ever heard one! Rowling's writing is enchanting in its own right. If she had stopped at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the book still would have fared well with children. If she had wrapped Harry's … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Power of the Heptalogy

Pictures of Hollis Woods: can places have souls?

I've devoured several new and brilliant books in the last few weeks, but today I'm in the mood for a throwback. The first time I read Patricia Reilly Giff's Pictures of Hollis Woods, I was ten, maybe eleven? I read it again when I was fifteen or sixteen, then again when I was around nineteen. Something I've noticed … Continue reading Pictures of Hollis Woods: can places have souls?

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Bit of a Browbeater

I usually pull positive excerpts from books. This week, I decided to nitpick a bit. I wanted to like the book My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, but there were two elements to the narrative that made it difficult for me to engage with the story. First up: the Imagination Bruiser I love unusual verbs, visual … Continue reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Bit of a Browbeater

The Age of Innocence: How a Pulitzer Prize Winner Breaks Rules

Wow! I hardly know where to begin praising Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Normally, there is one aspect of a book that stands out to me as its superlative. In this case, mastery is suffused across every page. Prose is beautiful. Pacing is efficient. Characters are deep and fresh. Because I would never be able to … Continue reading The Age of Innocence: How a Pulitzer Prize Winner Breaks Rules