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Reviews & Mary Sues

Another lovely review came in yesterday, this one from Margaret Donsbach of, writing for Heritage Key. (Margaret was also kind enough to interview me for her own site a little while ago.) A tantalizing snippet that shows just how well she gets the book:

Freud famously mined the Greek myths, a treasure trove of psychological insight, when developing his theory of the Oedipus complex. He might just as easily have named his theory of the death instinct after Alcestis.

Speaking of the id, Laura Miller’s piece at Salon about Mary Sues is worth a read. She points out, quite rightly, that self-insertion/wish-fulfillment figures in fiction aren’t exactly limited to the world of fandom. (And check out Mark Twain’s blistering, beautiful takedown of The Deerslayer, which Justine Larbalestier linked to the other day.)

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