Category Archives: Masters of Storytelling

“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”
-Michael Jackson

The Significance of Identity in Brandon Sanderson’s Novellas

I’ve mentioned Brandon Sanderson before. I consider him one of the storytelling Masters of our era. However, I’ve mostly read only his longer works, like Mistborn, Elantris, Warbreaker, and, most especially, his Stormlight Archive novels. It was only recently that … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Joss Whedon

Joss. Whedon. Really, who in the worlds of geeks and movie-goers has not heard his name? The man has an impressive, and diverse, resume. He has smash hits, magnificent flops, and everything in between to his name. His works span … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Stan Lee

Stan Lee. Has achieved immortality. I have heard tell that there are three great golden ages of storytelling. One was in ancient Greece, in the days of Homer. Another was in Elizabethan England, the days of Shakespeare. The third is … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Music

We all know how stories and music can complement each other so very well. Entire careers have been built on composing soundtracks for movies, or creating musicals/operas for film and/or the stage. And, of course, the entire music industry, with … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Dave Wolverton

Dave Wolverton, aka David Farland, is a fairly well known and accomplished fantasy author. I haven’t read too much of his work, outside his Runelords series, but that alone can provide a study in storytelling. The first novel has since been … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Terry Brooks

The first novel I ever read by fantasy author Terry Brooks was The First King of Shannara. Which I may have mispronounced, as “shuh-NAIR-uh” somehow sounded more elegant to me than “SHAN-uh-ruh,” and it looked like it should be pronounced … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Lloyd Alexander

One of the earliest books I remember reading is The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander. I know I’d read other novels, quite a few, actually, but I’ve forgotten most of them in the long-gone years of my childhood. Black Cauldron, … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is arguably one the most famous names today, courtesy of her fantasy series, Harry Potter, with its wild, phenomenal success both in print and in film. Certainly, seven novels and eight movies, each longer and more complicated than … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: Terry Pratchett

I’ve actually never finished a novel written by Terry Pratchett. Somehow, life always gets in the way, so I’ve never gotten past the earlier parts of his novels before having to put it down. Jingo, Feet of Clay, Wyrd Sisters, … Continue reading

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Masters of Storytelling: David and Leigh Eddings

David and Leigh Eddings were a fantasy writing couple, the married co-authors of several successful series. While Leigh Eddings is uncredited in many of the early works, she is credited in their later works, and the spousal partnership was referred … Continue reading

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