Does it count as a cheap mystery if you narrate a story in everyday English, but change a few key terms to keep readers on their toes?
I just finished listening to The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, and have decided I should tell you about it. Like C. S. Lewis, I love literature that is ostensibly for youngsters. Unlike C. S. Lewise, I listen to audiobooks constantly. I'm listening to one right now, while I'm typing this. (Or am I?) So, [...]
1. "Brueggemann" Is a Good Name While reading his article, “David and His Theologian” (The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 30 , 156–81), I realized Walter Brueggemann had missed something. There's a debate about when the book of Genesis was written. Most Bible scholars now believe it was written way, way later than us normals think. Brueggemann [...]
A quick thought before I get back to class prep: People frequently ask why Frodo didn't fly to Mt. Doom on an eagle if the eagles could clearly fly him out of Mordor after the job was done. Wiseguy: "Tolkien was an idiot" Chorus: [appreciative lols] Except Tolkien wasn't an idiot. You remember the Eye of [...]
After studying philosophy for years, it became difficult for me to read fiction. I worked my way back into stories by listening to Neil Gaiman's excellent recordings of his own excellent books, then Jim Butcher's excellent Harry Dresden and Codex Alera novels, and Lois McMaster Bujold's (a name I continue to find amusing) excellent Vorkosigan novels. [...]
I've been listening to a lot of mystery novels recently (I have a long commute on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and have noticed that some mysteries seem cheap, while others seem . . . expensive? Dear? Legitimate? The cheap mysteries are the ones where you're riding along in the head of the "detective," and then suddenly [...]