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Guest Blog: Chess Motifs

I’ve been doing some guestblogging for Quirk Books, publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and that soon-to-be hit Broetry (what you mean, you haven’t bought a copy yet?!), and my first post is up today. It’s a countdown of one of my favorite character types in pop culture/literature: the Chessmaster, that brilliant strategist who plays 50 moves ahead of the rest of the cast in the story, and always seems to have some grander scheme in mind that we as readers/viewers/audience can hardly even begin to comprehend. And they always know how to manipulate and play the other characters into going along with their plans, whether they realize it or not. We’re talking Nick Fury, Ben Linus, Dumbledore, the Cigarette Smoking Man — you know the type.

Check out the full list at the link below. Agree? Disagree? Let me know on the Quirk comments!

“Life Is A Game Of Chess: Top Ten Chessmasters in Pop Culture & Literature” at Quirk Books

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Heralded as “the next Twilight” (take that as you will), The Night Circus tells the story of a supernatural traveling circus at the turn of the 20th century, and the many bizarre performers that inhabit this magical world — specifically, two young magician apprentices, bound from a young age to compete in a vaguely-defined duel to the death but who inevitably fall in love instead. Basically it’s like LOST, but with a circus tent instead of an island — with pretty much all of its strengths as well as its shortcomings.

I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Erin Morgenstern, at a lovely book launch party in Concord, Massachusetts (where much of the book is set — they had magicians and fortune tellers and everything! Also sesame chicken NOM NOM NOM). This is her first novel, and there’s already a film adaptation in production (from the producers of Twilight, no less!). I’m sure the book, with its fantastical imagery, will actually do quite well, and I wish her the best of luck with it. For now, however, you can read my full review over at DailyGenoshan.com.

Review: “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern on DailyGenoshan.com

The Night Circus is available Tuesday, September 13, wherever books are sold.