The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora is without a doubt one of the most inventive fantasy novels I’ve ever read. It combines timeless, well-loved tropes with simple, yet detailed and intriguing world building and a plot that defies my best attempt at summarising. So, to whet your appetites, here’s the description straight from the back of the book: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief a friend to the […]

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Week in Review

Welcome to Pub Crawl’s Week In Review, brought to you by your host—me, Savannah! 😀 This week saw some very interesting articles and news pop up in the writersphere. Here’s a recap: In writing pop culture The Washington Pop wonders Did Oprah actually hurt book sales? The scale of the Hogwarts Castle model used on the set of Harry Potter is revealed for first time! The reports on gender in media from 2011 have been released. Here’s a […]

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Interview with Lena Coakley, author of Witchlanders

You may have noticed that our Book of the Month for March is Witchlanders by Lena Coakley (which you should ALL go out and pick up already!). So I figured we ought to get to know Lena a bit better. WITCHLANDERS High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future. It’s all a fake. At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts […]

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Reissues & Reboots

by Rachel Seigel — Have you ever seen a book on a shelf in the book store and had a strange sense of deja vu? The cover doesn’t look at all familiar, and the title might not ring any bells, but as soon as you read the jacket copy it all comes back to you and you realize you’ve seen this book before. No- you’re not going crazy- you’ve fallen prey to a funny little […]

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Exposition Blindness

Exposition is one those things in writing with which I have a love/hate relationship. Mostly because while I’m writing, I’m tricked into thinking it’s sheer brilliance. And because I know all about those picky critique partners that will insist that half of it is unnecessary, I make sure that every single thing that I mention in my exposition is a genius epiphany to the discerning reader. So I start off my new WIP with a […]

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