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A collection of some of the best feature articles from Tor.com’s 10 year history as an online sci-fi/fantasy literature magazine. Read: - An intimate moment under the covers that bloomed into a lifetime lived through sci-fi/fantasy. - A fierce defense of fan fiction. - The history of Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan, and the story of the reader who had her future rewritten A collection of some of the best feature articles from Tor.com’s 10 year history as an online sci-fi/fantasy literature magazine. Read: - An intimate moment under the covers that bloomed into a lifetime lived through sci-fi/fantasy. - A fierce defense of fan fiction. - The history of Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan, and the story of the reader who had her future rewritten in turn. - A deeply unwise thought experiment that explains how centaurs eat. - The story of one writer’s amazing day, starting out on her last dime and ending with her somehow hugging her idol, Terry Pratchett. - And much more! Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction features essays from Seanan McGuire, Ursula Vernon, Jo Walton, Nisi Shawl, Kate Elliott, Becky Chambers, Kai Ashante Wilson, Sarah Gailey, Grady Hendrix, Judith Tarr, Lish McBride, Emily Asher-Perrin, Ryan Britt, Leah Schnelbach, Natalie Zutter, Molly Templeton, and more! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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A collection of some of the best feature articles from Tor.com’s 10 year history as an online sci-fi/fantasy literature magazine. Read: - An intimate moment under the covers that bloomed into a lifetime lived through sci-fi/fantasy. - A fierce defense of fan fiction. - The history of Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan, and the story of the reader who had her future rewritten A collection of some of the best feature articles from Tor.com’s 10 year history as an online sci-fi/fantasy literature magazine. Read: - An intimate moment under the covers that bloomed into a lifetime lived through sci-fi/fantasy. - A fierce defense of fan fiction. - The history of Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan, and the story of the reader who had her future rewritten in turn. - A deeply unwise thought experiment that explains how centaurs eat. - The story of one writer’s amazing day, starting out on her last dime and ending with her somehow hugging her idol, Terry Pratchett. - And much more! Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction features essays from Seanan McGuire, Ursula Vernon, Jo Walton, Nisi Shawl, Kate Elliott, Becky Chambers, Kai Ashante Wilson, Sarah Gailey, Grady Hendrix, Judith Tarr, Lish McBride, Emily Asher-Perrin, Ryan Britt, Leah Schnelbach, Natalie Zutter, Molly Templeton, and more! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    This sounds so good and is also currently free on Kindle, B&N and iBooks This sounds so good and is also currently free on Kindle, B&N and iBooks

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gerd

    Fun, for the most part, as most essays primarily talk about the respective writers love of reading and writing. I would say, however, it's been a very bad editorial decision to put two essays on Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" back to back. While the first is effectively piquing interest in the series by not much talking about it but rather focusing on how it affected the essayist, the second just as effectively squelched that interest when the (different from first) essayist tries to compare Jor Fun, for the most part, as most essays primarily talk about the respective writers love of reading and writing. I would say, however, it's been a very bad editorial decision to put two essays on Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" back to back. While the first is effectively piquing interest in the series by not much talking about it but rather focusing on how it affected the essayist, the second just as effectively squelched that interest when the (different from first) essayist tries to compare Jordan to Tolkien but only succeds to make the author's story sound to be a rather bland brand of juvenile fanfiction (with no disrespect to either juveniles or fanfiction, both of which surely can produce better stories than what the essayist describes there) freely mixing elements of various mythological origin, with a mainly white Christian focus. That makes Robert Jordan's work definitely "American", yes, but it sounds a far cry from being the work of an "American" Tolkien. On the things I really enjoyed reading side, there's a long history of everybody's fave Tolkien character, Galadriel. Really wants me go back to Tolkien. Then there's a fabulous 40 page essay on the complicated realtionships in Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys cycle. Even if the articla left me unsure if the series itself would be to my taste, the essay itself is such a glowing love declaration to, well, love in all its unfair complication, I can't help but recommend reading it. The greatest disappointment IMO, are the two essays included that focus primarily on African-American culture, both give you no basis where they come from or where they intend to head to and just leave you confused if you haven't already a solid backdrop to the matter - in which case both essays become superfluous. I'm sure there stood better on offer. So, some of the best is a misleading subtitle in a ways, or an honest one, depends on which ever way you want to read it. Because some of the articles included are best, but the majority is just there to give us broad overview of the rich variety of essay written on Tor.com regarding reading, writing, books, novels, movies, TV and society and every imaginable aspect of culture inbetween...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    La recopilación es interesante. Pero cojea un poco por la diferencia de temas entre los artículos. Algunos me han parecido muy interesantes y otros no tanto ( incluso alguno he leído en diagonal). Pero se agradece estás recopilaciones y deseosa que hagan más.

  4. 4 out of 5

    BookBlerd

    Good collection of essays on various sci-fi and fantasy related topics that range from fan fiction to Harry Potter to Back To The Future. I skipped those whose subjects didn't interest me, but I did enjoy most of the essays. I want to visit Tor's website more often after reading this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    There are a lot of good essays here. My favorite is the one about Joe Vs. the Volcano, which ought to tell you everything you need to know about the topics on hand. However, to be a little more descriptive - the essays collected here began life on Tor.com and were written by a diverse array of talent from across the science-fiction and fantasy world. Topics include everything from Star Wars to LotR to Harry Potter to, well, Joe and his Volcano and how they relate, or can be related to, modern iss There are a lot of good essays here. My favorite is the one about Joe Vs. the Volcano, which ought to tell you everything you need to know about the topics on hand. However, to be a little more descriptive - the essays collected here began life on Tor.com and were written by a diverse array of talent from across the science-fiction and fantasy world. Topics include everything from Star Wars to LotR to Harry Potter to, well, Joe and his Volcano and how they relate, or can be related to, modern issues and questions of inclusion, gender, race, othering, and the meaning of life and death. It’s a good collection fit for both bite-size reads while waiting line or for measured chunks of enforced downtime. Recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stas

    Has its good moments but not enough to be truly worthwhile IMO. My favourites and bits I care about in no particular order: Galadriel, Valente's Fairyland, Ursula Vernon piece, "In Defense of Villainesses" (YES), "Meet My Alien Family", "Writing Women Characters as Human Beings", as well as pieces about V for Vendetta and Jessica Jones. Special mention goes to the wondrous centaurs - talk about curiosity, science and stuff of nightmares. (I sure am NOT sorry the question was asked) Book's redeeming Has its good moments but not enough to be truly worthwhile IMO. My favourites and bits I care about in no particular order: Galadriel, Valente's Fairyland, Ursula Vernon piece, "In Defense of Villainesses" (YES), "Meet My Alien Family", "Writing Women Characters as Human Beings", as well as pieces about V for Vendetta and Jessica Jones. Special mention goes to the wondrous centaurs - talk about curiosity, science and stuff of nightmares. (I sure am NOT sorry the question was asked) Book's redeeming feature - it is free on amazon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I love Tor essays, so this was a no-brainer. Since it's a collection, some were more to my liking than others. I fully skipped at least two to avoid spoilers, and one that I had absolutely zero interest in. My favorite was The Peril of Being Disbelieved: Horror and the Intuition of Women by Emily Asher-Perrin. Personally, I preferred the ones that taught me something over the ones that were fandom-based, but both were well-written and engaging.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pearse Anderson

    This was a mixed-bag of essays, I don't think it constitutes Tor.com's best work or can often be of much use if one hasn't read the required SFF they're discussing. I went through this quick and mostly came away with a better sense of the discourse around SFF and the larger community of critics and analysts, which feels good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thesincouch

    An anthology with a wide range of articles and as such there were some that I liked more and those I didn't have any interest in. This is the reason why it doesn't get a higher rating because there are some articles that I skipped. I in particular loved Grady Hendrix's article on Beloved by Toni Morrison.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Fitzgerald

    A bit hit-and-miss, as most anthologies are. There were a bunch of things I'd already read on the Tor.com website, some of which were fantastic. Some essays really drilled into the specifics of a particular work or piece of media, and these largely depended on my familiarity with the work in question. For example, I enjoyed the overview of Galadriel's history in Tolkein's work, but the one on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was too deep in the weeds for my knowledge of that show.

  11. 5 out of 5

    SM

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a collection of articles on the Tor website written by numerous authors. Some articles were very interesting and thought provoking. Other articles I couldn't even get into. Thus my middle of the road rating, not to discourage anyone from giving it a read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Mixed bag Some of the essays were more interesting than others, and some were about fandoms that I'm not part of. I particularly liked the essay about villainesses, but found the one about the Raven Cycle to be much too long and completely overwrought.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Rating compilations is always challenging because they are often a mixed bag. There were a few essays I skipped because they were putting me to sleep and a few that were really really engaging and thought provoking.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I loved almost every entry in Rocket Fuel. This is a great collection of non-fiction articles from Tor.com, often discussing favorite fantasy and science fiction books and authors at length. The in-depth essays added to my understanding of great books that I have loved for years.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Babsidi

    A lovely collection of essays from people who love genre work as much as I do. There were some draggy essays, as someone with no interest in Robert Jordan's work the double feature of Jordan works was a lot for me, but overall I really enjoyed this read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Shake

    This is a collection of essays and sci-fi book reviews. There's not a lot of original fiction here. It's fun to read if you're a writer as it's kind of like a "writers on writers" kind of thing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Szymon

    A mixed bag of sci-fi essays.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Hermann

    Some good, some terrible A few of these essays are really interesting and thoughtful. But overall the book is spoiled by the abundance of queer and extreme feminist opinions which at best are uninteresting but can be offensive to some.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Mullen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raul R

  21. 4 out of 5

    Punk

    Download Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best of Tor.com Non-Fiction for Free. I got my DRM-free copy at Kobo. Download Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best of Tor.com Non-Fiction for Free. I got my DRM-free copy at Kobo.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Juli Cowan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monte

  25. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sera

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hyzie

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