If your answer to every question is 42. If you can quote the three laws of Robotics. If you want to say “my precious” every time you see a gold band. Then this list is for you. We asked our 3,000 bibliomaniacs what their favorite SciFi/Fantasy novels were, and here are their top 100 answers. Now, Dune has been on my reading list for a while, but I am definitely going to have to read Ender's Game. 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over - Half Price Books Blog - HPB.com
8 Fairy Tales And Their Not-So-Happy Endings | Mental Floss by Stacy Conradt, Laurel Mills & John Green You might have noticed from an earlier post that I'm a bit of a Disney buff. This is kind of out of character for me, to be honest, because I'm not a huge fan of happily ever after. I like movie endings that are unexpected. After doing a little research, though, I realized that maybe fairy tales and I are a perfect match: those Disney endings where the prince and the princess end up blissfully married don't really happen in the original stories. To make sure kids go home happy, not horrified, Disney usually has to alter the endings.
I am your editor | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer I have been in publishing for over ten years, mostly as an editor. I am the person who accepts or rejects your manuscript. Here is how I make my decisions. I look at the envelopes I am opening as I work my way down the slush pile. Sloppy presentation is not a good sign.
One of the usual mistakes beginners make is to explain too much. How much is too much? Deciding this needs a dispassionate eye, a sense of pace, and a sense of what is really necessary for the story. Explaining too much | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer
Writers are usually inspired to write because they have a character in their heads who won't go away. The plot arises from the initial problem or desire that impels that character to act, and the narrative follows the consequences of that action to a satisfying end. It's natural to make your main characters, especially your protagonist, likeable. After all, you're probably likeable yourself. The public's appetite for anti-heroes has never been strong, for the good reason that reading about creeps and louses isn't a particularly satisfying reading experience. Readers enjoy stories about acclaim, success, or romance, because they share these with the protagonist. Loving your characters too much | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer
Names are identifiers. We're called John and Jane to tell us apart. Still, we're still reduced to saying, Jim, the guy who fixes our car, not Jim who's in Sales or having to say John the guy I golf with, not Jon my brother. If it's confusing in real life, how much more confusing is it going to be in your novel if you don't identify your characters clearly? Problems with names | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer
As an editor, I know when I am reading someone's first novel. I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. I see at least one of these in every manuscript where the author has not mastered the craft of writing before submitting in his or her work. What are these four faults and, more importantly, how can you cure them? Beginners' four faults | Writing | Caro Clarke - writer
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Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and
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Who is behind all the killing? The Lazarus Deception, Ch. 8 The caravan of buses hauling the Texas A&M Aggies and the Aggie band from College Station to Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, for a game against the Baylor Bears traveled north on US Highway 6 until it intersected Interstate 35. The lead bus, carrying coaches, assorted trainers, and the lesser third of the football squad, bench warmers and those relegated to special teams, turned south on I-35 and made its way past the Baylor University campus on its left hand side. As the bus approached the mix master, the driver checked the side mirror on his right.
The Hologram Theory Dutch psychiatrist Hermon Sno proposed the idea that memories are like holograms, meaning that you can recreate the entire three-dimensional image from any fragment of the whole. The smaller the fragment, however, the fuzzier the ultimate picture. Déjà vu, he says, happens when some detail in the environment we are currently in (a sight, sound, smell, et cetera) is similar to some remnant of a memory of our past and our brain recreates an entire scene from that fragment. Other researchers also agree that some small piece of familiarity may be the seed that creates the déjà vu feeling. More Déjà Vu Theories"
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