Aria E. Maher

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I wrote my first story when I was eight, chronicling the grand adventures of the Super Mario Bros. in pages torn from a sketchbook and bound with masking tape. At ten, I ditched my writing for a career as a robotics engineer, and constructed interesting devices (which never worked) out of old bits of computers and washing machines. But then, dismayed that I would have to study mathematics (oh, the horror!) in order to be an engineer, I returned to my writing, and constructed bizarre fantasy worlds filled with fairies, portals, mad wizards, and flying castles built on clouds.
I am the author of Behind Her Mask was Death, a YA mystery/fantasy novella, and The Tangle, a paranormal suspense novel. My favorite inspirations are steampunk, Terry Pr
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Aria E. Maher I work on many things at the same time, so if I'm stuck on one thing I'll hop over to another project and work on that for a while.
Aria E. Maher Read! Read a lot of books, both in the genre you want to write in, and in those genres you aren't such a big fan of. You never know where you will com…moreRead! Read a lot of books, both in the genre you want to write in, and in those genres you aren't such a big fan of. You never know where you will come across a story idea. Read non-fiction as well, even if you're writing fantasy. You many come across some interesting fact you could incorporate into your fantasy world. And keep writing, every day, even if you feel like what your writing is complete garbage. Keep practicing! You'll get better.(less)
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Forgotten Films: City of Ember

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It is a rare thing for a movie based on a book to be ‘acceptable’, much less ‘good’. But, to me anyway, City of Ember is one of those movies.

Based on the young adult novel of (almost) the same name, City of Ember is a masterclass in making a world come to life on film. The design of the sets, costumes, and props are a joy to look at, and do most of the leg work when it comes to

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The Odyssey by Homer
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I definitely enjoyed the Illiad much more than the Odyssey. Once again, the supposed Greek 'hero' isn't really a great guy. This time, instead of being whiny and mopey and annoying, though, he gets his loyal men into trouble for no reason, cheats on ...more
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Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
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You might think that a book about geography would be rather boring or dry, but Prisoners of Geography was one of my favorite reads of the school year. It is a fascinating look at how geography can influence politics and history, and the audiobook nar ...more
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Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
"I love first-person narratives, and John Ridd is an adorably awkward but sweet hero. ;) The narrator was wonderful - he IS John Ridd, and he even did the women’s voices well! And the story had some foreshadowing and plot twists that kept me guessing " Read more of this review »
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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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This book can get quite weird sometimes, and I'm not sure if it's the translation or the writing itself. Sophie's World is a history of philosophy and a mystery novel wrapped up in one. The history aspect is really solid, if biased towards a non-Chri ...more
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A Meaningful World by Benjamin Wiker
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I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I wanted to. It starts out very strongly, but some of the later chapters seem to get a little repetitive, and can be very dense with scientific detail. Overall, I think that this is a good book and it makes a ...more
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I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I wanted to. It starts out very strongly, but some of the later chapters seem to get a little repetitive, and can be very dense with scientific detail. Overall, I think that this is a good book and it makes a ...more
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The Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul
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A great overview of the history of Western philosophical thought, from a Christian perspective. It is good to be aware of these ideas, which still influence our culture and values even today.
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A great overview of the history of Western philosophical thought, from a Christian perspective. It is good to be aware of these ideas, which still influence our culture and values even today.
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Science Matters by Robert M. Hazen
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This book was a really nice summary of a lot of scientific concepts that you might have forgotten since school, or maybe never even learned. I definitely agree that it is important to be scientifically literate so that we can form solid opinions abou ...more
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“The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not try to pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.”
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