Gormenghast (Book 2) and Modern Didacticism

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I have finished Gormenghast (i.e. book 2 of the Gormenghast series) and am quite impressed. Below are random reflections and a discussion of why I find myself choosing to read older SF&F vs. recent works. tl;dr: I’m finding recent works, as a generalization, overly didactic. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault in fiction, and spoilers through book 2 of the Gormenghast series.Read more… )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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