Authors Reading ~ Tropes Gail Hates

Awhile ago I did a blog post on tropes that I love. This was mostly, Gentle Reader, to give the book group an idea of the kinds of books I gravitate towards. Also it's nice to be able to direct publicity teams hunting for blurbs for new releases at something and say, "Is the book you're pimping like this? No? Then I won't like it."

To that end, I have built the following list of tropes I dislike as well. I don't gripe often, so I hope you will excuse me this minor grumble.
  1. Hero's journey
  2. Rape
  3. Teams with only one woman
  4. Female protagonist with no female friends
  5. Female-skinned character (biologically women, but they think and act like men)
  6. Women characters only described by their appearance
  7. Abusive/stalker Alpha males
  8. Depressed main character

{Gail's monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Le Follet Date-  Monday, June 1, 1840 Item ID-  v. 22, plate 104

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Tiny Robot Octopus has Squishy Tentacles

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
James Blaylock on Steampunk foundation books to read


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News: said of Prudence, “A solid introduction to a new series with plenty of character building and time spent to set a tone, the reintroduction of characters from other stories, or new characters that feel hauntingly familiar and a wonderfully charming tone keep this a fun, light and amusing read.”

Quote of the Day:
“Seeking knight in well damaged armor.”
~ Six Word Memoirs

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