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The Tamora Pierce Checklist

Lots of new things happening in the fandom right now, between the new Beka book coming out and the Goldenlake Drabble and Fanart Competitions!

I haven't read the new book yet, but its arrival and a certain comment got me thinking. Here is what kaos_sparrow had to say in this post:

I would like to see a book where the focus isn't as much on Our Main Characters Are Girls. It would be interesting to see something more subtle, where one of the main characters is a boy but there are plot-important female characters. Sometimes it feels like the difference is being thrown in your face, like girls can't be side characters and still be important.

I would want to read this book, but I don't think it would still be a book by Tamora Pierce if it were written this way. T/F?

So, what exactly makes a Tamora Pierce book a Tamora Pierce book? If your were making a checklist, what defining items would be on it that let you know that you're reading a book by Our Author?

Imo

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reenalaughalotz
May. 2nd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, briar is a boy.. And those books are still plenty of awesome!

I don't know though...funny u mention this cause just the other day I was like "geez...why are her books always so awesome?" maybe its because her worlds make so much sense with how magic works in every day life (as the poster before me noted).

Or maybe its cause its obvious that TP has done her research on the subject at hand (war, counterfeit money) and writes with such awesome detail but is not boring..

Or maybe its just a mental thing, haha as I read ATFA when I was 10yrs old and loved it so I just automatically love tps other books...lol

Its funny...to this day I get super excited when a book comes out and pretty much Life Stops while I'm tearing through it. =P
team_fen
May. 2nd, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right! I'd forgotten Briar. (Sorry Briar! You're pretty awesome.)

TP has done her research on the subject at hand (war, counterfeit money) and writes with such awesome detail but is not boring.
Yes, she has been putting more and more research into her books over the years, and it shows. I'm curious to read about the counterfeiting!

So I guess you've finished 'Bloodhound' by now? :) --Imo
kaos_sparrow
May. 3rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
She really does add mountains of detail about the counterfeiting, which makes sense because Beka has to know about what she's investigating.
team_fen
May. 5th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems super excited about the counterfeiting! I am excited to read the new book. --Imo
reenalaughalotz
May. 7th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Ya know, actually I haven't finished it yet! Its a lot to take in, and I'm reading in small installments so I retain all the info...lol... I don't wana miss anything :-D I oughtta be done by the weekend tho..but then ill be sad with nothing to read. :(
kaos_sparrow
May. 7th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Tried Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman?
team_fen
May. 8th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I love 'American Gods' and 'Neverwhere.' Are those your favourites, or do you prefer others of his books?

(I never got into Terry Prachett.) --Imo
kaos_sparrow
May. 13th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I haven't really read anything of Neil's besides Good Omens, Coraline, and the Sandman bookettes.

I suppose a rather twisted sense of humor is needed for Terry Pratchett.
team_fen
May. 16th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I prefer Neil Gaiman, but on the Pratchett side of things, I did read 'Good Omens' and liked it a lot, especially the reluctant friendship between Crowley and Aziraphale. And the footnotes. --Imo
kaos_sparrow
May. 18th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
The footnootes are always wonderful.
team_fen
May. 8th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Hah! I tend to devour and skim. There is something to be said for reading slowly and savouring the enjoyment. --Imo