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 at something and say, “Is the book you’re pimping like this? Then I won’t like it.”

To that end, I have built the following list of tropes I dislike. 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 protagonists 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
  9. Amnesia

Some author ticks I intensely dislike and will turn me off

  1. Early onslaught info-dumping
  2. First person present tense
  3. Excessive length
  4. Detailed descriptions of gore
  5. Glaring and consistent misuse of vocabulary (thesaurus syndrome)

{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


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.

The Books! 

 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
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
iam-indeed.com 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.”

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“Seeking knight in well damaged armor.”
~ Six Word Memoirs

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