Cathy Smith

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E. Pauline Johnson, Edith Wharton, C.S. Lewis, Anais Nin

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My name, “Cathy Smith”, sounds like white bread, but I’m Mohawk and I write so I use “Khiatons” which means “I’m a writer.” in Mohawk. I love myths and see modern fantasy and scifi as modern myths. I read trending articles on science, technology and health so my stories end up being more grounded than expected with mundane details bleeding into the fantastic. I believe this approach is the traditional outlook of my people so I’m carrying on their storytelling tradition in my own way.

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Pratchet starts his popular series by parodying magic before he parodies everything else in his long career. A grand quest is nothing more than a tepid tour given by a mediocre magician even if the quest has major effects on the world of magic by his ineptitude when he accidentally upsets his world’s magical system with his

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The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
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Another jaunt by an inept team of adventurers. The regular fantasy quest tropes become more challenging than usual because of their incompetence. The elderly barbarian was a parody of Conan but turned out to be the most capable member of the party. I ...more
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The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The ending was drawn out but this was a satisfying conclusion to the
Lord of the Rings trilogy. The end of Sauron would've been made more dramatic
in modern times. The heroes tried to let him depart civilly but it didn't work.
This would've been the see
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The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The stakes escalate in the quest. Gollum makes one of the best anti-heroes in fantasy and his
addition to the narrative is a highlight of the saga in general. He's what the current Ringbearer
may degenerate into.
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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
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This is the first and best fantasy epic. Some of its plot elements have been overused by others, but its
best to read this classic to see the best example of them as both a reader and writer. It is timeless. This is the start of the quest with a grand
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The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
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This is an amusing pulp tale of medieval knights who take over a spaceship and
set out to colonize and settle alien planets with it. the first generation has culture shock
but deals with it by conquering. The younger generation is more adaptable but th
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Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
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I like this because it's more of a space opera which is more favorite sci-fi subgenre. It details the life
of a slave that grows up to find his family and strike a blow against slavery. He meets many cultures and interesting people along the way, and
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The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
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Pratchets starts his popular series by parodying magic before he parodies everything else in his long career. A grand quest is nothing more than a tepid tour given by a mediocre magician even if the quest has major effects on the world of magic by hi ...more
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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A mentally challenged man has his intelligence surgically augmented to genius level before he comes full circle. It's a bittersweet tale echoed by the of the mouse Algernon who is the first subject of the experiment. At least Charlie survives the exp ...more
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The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
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This is a charming translation of the Arabian Nights that's is as close the original as was possible
in 2008. Sometimes chasing the newest translation of a classic work in another language feels like a job only for completists, but it's an enjoyable e
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Neuromancer by William Gibson
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This is like reading the script of a video game where the player only has time to react and not to strategize. The prize is attained, but then their hectic life goes on. I might've enjoyed the ending more if I didn't feel like I had to sprint all the ...more
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