Story Matters is a podcast for book lovers. From literature, fantasy, and Sci-Fi, to every kind of fiction in-between. We review, we analyze, we critique . . . because we believe in the power of great storytelling, how it can affect our lives and the world we live in.
A little about the hosts of Story Matters: Nick Alimonos is the author of the Aenya Series and blogger over atwritersdisease.net. Heather is a voracious reader, Migraine Health Advocate and researcher, and "Mother of Cats."
What does Kristin Cashore's Graceling, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, Terry Pratchet, The Promised Neverland, the Twilight series, Fifty Shades of Grey, X-Men, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, Alice in Wonderland, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Testaments ALL have in common?
Answer: THIS EPISODE!
But seriously, in this episode of Story Matters, Heather and Nick give their in-depth take on Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle. Give it a listen!
I picked up Icefall at a book fair at the University of South Florida. I came as an alumnus to talk to my old professors and to showcase The Princess of Aenya. They accepted two autographed copies of my book and offered me one of their autographed titles in return, and since I love Norse mythology, I couldn't pass up on it, despite its lower lexile.
While Icefall is suitable reading for middle school children, a good story is a good story, and I found Mathew J. Kirby's Icefall to be a pleasant surprise, especially since I knew nothing about it going in. The story takes place during the Viking Age, with the king of the Nords sending his family into hiding in a small steading in the frozen fjords of Norway. Solveig, his youngest, is an engaging and likable heroine with an interesting character arc, growing into her own from a shy and frightened princess into a skald, or storyteller, who helps inspire her companions during the worst of hardships.
It's our second podcast! Today we discuss John Connelly's The Book of Lost Things, a young adult novel about a boy who finds himself in a fairy-tale-inspired world after the death of his mother; and Madeline Miller's Circe, a reimagining of Greek myth and a sympathetic look at Circe, the titular witch who turns men into pigs from Homer's The Odyssey.
Hey, it's our FIRST EPISODE and we're excited!!! Story Matters is a podcast for book lovers. From literature, fantasy, and Sci-Fi, to every kind of fiction in-between. We review, we analyze, we critique . . . because we believe in the power of great storytelling, how it can affect our lives and the world we live in.
In this episode, we go over some of our favorites, including A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, Dune, The Last Unicorn, Dracula, Frankenstein, and My Name is Red, to name just a few.
A little about the hosts of Story Matters: Nick Alimonos is the author of the Aenya Series and blogger over at writersdisease.net. Heather is a voracious reader and bookshop operator.
There is something wrong with the world today. I know you feel it, deep in your bones, and I feel it too. But maybe it’s just me. I mean, how can you really ever know how good life could be? Or should be? Every civilization has had to deal with its share of problems. We no longer need to worry about saber-toothed tigers, or an Ebola outbreak, or a tribe of cannibals riding over the next hill to eat our children. But while technology has managed to solve the majority of our prehistoric worries, the 2000s has given us a slew of new ones. But the dystopia of today is difficult to define. It’s like the way Neo felt in the Matrix, before meeting Morpheus. Neo also felt like there was something wrong with the world, he just couldn’t explain what it was.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://writersdisease.net/2019/08/22/we-are-the-dystopia/
Let me make this perfectly clear: there is no such thing as forced diversity, only diversity that happens to bother you. If you’re saying to yourself, “why’d they have to put a black guy in this?” but you’ve never asked, “why’d they have to put a white guy in this?” guess what? You probably wear a MAGA hat!
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://writersdisease.net/2018/08/29/its-time-to-end-race/
Is every heroine in a skimpy outfit inherently sexist? Is objectification directly proportional to the amount of skin on display? Or is it all about the pose? Do male heroes like He-Man exist solely as a projection fantasy? Or can women enjoy looking at scantily-clad men in the same way, and do they also harbor their own projection fantasies? Finally, can a female character like Thelana, written by a man (me), have her own agency?
In this podcast, I tackle all of these subjects and more, taking a deep dive into the sexist/objectification character debate. So please sit back, take a listen, and please excuse all the “ums” and “sos.”
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://writersdisease.net/2021/02/22/how-amazon-hurts-authors/
I used to have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. I considered them a necessary evil. Sure, they have monopolized both the music and the literary industry, making it almost impossible for local music and book stores to survive, but on the other hand, they provide an outlet for independent creators who otherwise would not have a platform to share their content. But lately, I have found the cons of Amazon greatly outweighing the pros, and here’s why.