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The Literary Salon


The Literary Salon

The premier space on the Empire to discuss, review, and analyse books, articles and other texts of interest. Discuss what you're reading and/or writing, or other such snobby things.

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Latest Activity: Jun 29

Welcome to the Empire's Literary Salon!

The place for literary geeks and textual afficiandos! Some quick housekeeping tips:

- Give each book you read a good review. It doesn't have to be nice, but it does have to be a bit more indepth than "OMG this book is so awesome!" (Well, yeah, but how??)

- Before starting a new thread, check to see if someone has already reviewed the same book. One thread per book / series / magazine issue! (However, if you feel an article / story in a magazine warrants its own thread, go for it. Use your own discretion.)

- While we at the Empire are of a steampunk bent, not all the books we read are! Feel free to also discuss non-steampunk books, or articles of interest on cyberspace.

- Good readers make good writers, too! Discuss writing, editing, the publishing industry, marketing, and avenues for publication as you please.

Have fun, empirelings!

Discussion Forum

"The Handmaid's Tale" By Margaret Atwood

Started by Noah Meernaum. Last reply by Madame Amber Zade Jun 26, 2013. 2 Replies

And Having Writ...

Started by Noah Meernaum. Last reply by Katelyn Patterson Nov 15, 2011. 3 Replies

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Started by Mike Perschon. Last reply by Nishi Serrano Jun 3, 2011. 11 Replies

Steampunk Short Story Contest

Started by Jaylee A. Faulkes. Last reply by Jaylee A. Faulkes Dec 4, 2010. 7 Replies

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Comment by Jha Goh on June 23, 2014 at 12:12am

Oh my poor neglected salon, abandoned for the libraries of academia! Well if any of you wish to contribute more discussion, please do so. If you want to move onto better, livelier places, do that as well. I only started this space because there hadn't been any when I first came to the Empire! 

Comment by mlle.deedee Bourget-gauzot on October 9, 2011 at 5:41pm


Hi! T.L.S. members...

Please ignore the link in my previous comment because I have deleted the article that I posted about author Scott Westerfeld...However, I didn't want to delete my comment...just in case someone answer the question.


deedee gauzot

Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate on September 29, 2011 at 12:43am
At risk of being cashiered could I suggest that while this site is " The Premier Space on the Empire to Discuss , review and analyze books ' there may be more activity on ' The Bookshelf in the Parlour ' .
My apologies in advance to anyone who finds this comment out of place .
Comment by mlle.deedee Bourget-gauzot on September 28, 2011 at 5:51pm

Hi! Literary Salon...

The premier space on the Empire to discuss, review, and analyze books, articles and other texts of interest. Discuss what you're reading and/or writing,or other such snobby things.

Well, I'm not here right now to review, or analyze books, articles and other text, but to inform [and ask a question...] readers about a book that was released either 09/20 or 09/'s author Scott Westerfeld's Book..."Goliath..." in which I posted a blog about yesterday.

My question is this...I wonder how many readers will be adding his third book to your Kindle, bookshelf or B&N Nook? If so, Why?

deedee gauzot

Comment by michael helsem on July 4, 2011 at 9:31am

that Spasmodics blog i mentioned awhile back:


Comment by Ilah B on June 14, 2011 at 7:36am

I have finally written my review.  Once I got started I found their was a lot I could say about it without talking about the plot or giving things away.


That is an interesting comment about Romeo and Juliet.  It is a bit of a spoiler to know that something does not have a happy ending.  On the other hand, it is common for plays to be labled tragedies, so you know before you see it that it will not have a happy ending. 

Comment by Coal City Steam on June 9, 2011 at 2:52pm

How much of a spoiler is it to say Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy? It will make you a better writer to find a way to tell your review without giving away too much.

A spoiler is telling someone watching the Crying Game - she's a man. But it's not a spoiler to say a gender bending tale of love, perception and betrayal. 

Comment by Ilah B on June 9, 2011 at 1:14pm

It turns out I did not care for the ending to this one.  However I did get a lot of enjoyment reading it except for the end part.  So over all I wold still recommend it. 


Is it concidere a "spoiler" if you warn people the story has a sad ending?  Some people don't mind sad endings, but other people try to avoid them.

Comment by Coal City Steam on June 9, 2011 at 6:41am
I LOVED Mainspring - until the last 10 pages. Where Jay Lake just gave up.
Comment by Ilah B on June 9, 2011 at 5:23am
Thank you everyone for the advice.  I am reading a book currently that I like.  I expect to finish sometime this weekend and then I will do my review.  Sometimes people review a book before they finish it.  I like to wait, just in case it has an ending I really do not care for.

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