Vincent Phan Tran
Interviews / August 15, 2017

Vincent Phan Tran is a nomad, having lived in 10 states over the last 20 years. He now spends his mornings sweating his butt off to delay old age, his days getting stuff delivered, and his nights and weekends playing pretend. He’s also a huge foodie, therefore the need to sweat his butt off. You can find him at:  www.vincentptran.com Facebook: facebook.com/vincentphantran Twitter: @VPTranAuthor Instagram: vincentphantranauthor   1. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve been interested since I was a child, but what finally got me off my butt and intentional was Stephen King’s book “On Writing”. Besides being a great read, it’s inspirational and got me putting pen to paper. 2. Are you a plotter or a pantser, and why? I started as a panster (all my favorite writers were), got nowhere fast, then switched. Best thing I ever learned was how to structure my stories end to end. Now I plot down to the scene level after doing character build ups and story premise. I’m FAR more productive when I can see the entire roadmap. It even lets me write scenes out of order based on my mood. Doesn’t mean the story…

Lisbeth Salander: A Feminist Hero?
Feminist Friday / August 11, 2017

With the surges in popularity of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, fans all around the world have been captivated by the riveting and unique anti-heroine, Lisbeth Salander. The novels are a story inside a story. Outwardly, the plot is an ingoing crime drama with various mobster fellows and sexual encounters and cops. Inwardly, though, it is all about Lisbeth: how she came to be, why she is who she, and what will happen to her. Every piece of the plot is connected to Lisbeth in some way. She shoves her way into every single nuance of the book, never far from the minds of readers or other characters. She longs to be left alone and in peace and, yet, refuses to be ignored or pushed aside. She is, actually, quite a bit like a dragon, a huge, formidable beast that breathes fire before talking rationally. I first read these books a long time ago, before the movies even began making headway. The first thing that stood out to me about these novels was how poorly they were written. Like, almost to the point of making them unreadable. However, this is pretty much common knowledge in the Larsson fandom…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Book Review
Book Reviews , Four Meows / August 3, 2017

Throne of Glass, a treat for those who love fantasy mixed with strong heroines, introduces us to Celaena Sardothien, a woman with a sordid past who stomps into an intimidating castle with the intention of winning her freedom. Celeana is a likeable, capable protagonist who will charm even the most skeptical of readers. Okay, I took quite a while to actually start reading this book, despite already owning most of the series. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because it was/is so hyped up. I’m annoyed by hype, so I tend to avoid whatever is being hyped up for as long as I can stand it. Eventually, I just have to see what all the fuss is about. So, let’s dig our claws in and take a deeper look, shall we? Our opening line starts us off with this: “After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.” I think this is a pretty strong opening because: It raises many questions, which is always good to make the reader want to keep reading. It already tells us a good bit about Celaena’s character….

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