Author Archives: cdietzel

Book A + Book B = Book C

I had a few people tell me they liked a review I did the other day in which I characterized a book I had read as the combination of two other books I enjoyed, so I figured I would make an entire blog post with that approach. The approach is simple: I take two books

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Writing Tips By 3 Popular Authors

I’m always looking to learn from other writers. As I progressed into having my own writing voice and my own style of telling stories, I’ve found various lessons and insights that were helpful. Here is a collection from three authors I’ve enjoyed. Robert Heinelein’s Rules of Writing: 1. You must write. 2. You must finish

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‘1984’s Enduring Dystopian Legacy

In many ways, George Orwell’s 1984 has become the benchmark by which all other dystopians are judged. And for the readers who loved the tale of Winston versus ‘Big Brother,’ they are always looking for books that can compare in some way. Here are a few books I‘ve come across recently that have something in

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The Role of Dogs in the Apocalypse

Almost every apocalyptic story you can think of features a dog as a key element in the story. In One Second After, a pair of dogs needs food, just like the people struggling to survive. In Oryx and Crake, the evolved equivalent of dogs have adapted to changing circumstances. In I Am Legend, The Dog

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