Category Archives: fantasy

On My Bookshelf: I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

A book about books. A short book. I’ll recommend it. Several years ago, I had a few posts on this author. Her novels about time travelling historians are great, though I think Blackout/All Clear would have benefitted from tight editing. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fall of Gondolin

The forthcoming series on the Amazon behemoth has caught my attention. I would have been excited beyond attention in my high school days, when I read the published J.R.R. Tolkien books a few times. These days, maybe I feel a … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Bird King

Readers here know that I perk up with the mention, and especially the practice of religion in the fiction I read. How do authors and their characters approach God? How does it affect the narrative of the story?  The Bird … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Christmas

“You’ve been watching too many superhero movies,” said the young miss. I was telling her about my nightmare of getting kidnapped with her and her mom and being threatened with death in vats of acid, so there would be no … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Raven Tower

I think one or two of the readers here might be interested in this book. As it progresses, it answers many questions. I can think of three important to me: who or what are the pagan gods that inhabit this … Continue reading

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The Kid Who Would Be King

A very good family film. It blends a once and future king and his allies, plus Merlin, a battle against Morgana with a modern day setting starting with a British school among students and moving across the countryside to Cornwall … Continue reading

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The Golden Spinning Wheel

Last week, I encountered a classical piece, previously unfamiliar to me. Here’s the performance from BBC Proms two years ago. The story behind it, the fairy tale that is, is here. Like many such European stories, it’s rather gruesome. But, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Piranesi

Well, that was a fabulous read: Piranesi. One review cited the Stockholm Syndrome when discussing this book. I didn’t get that misreading of this novel. The reader joins a childlike first person narrator in a fantastical world that consists of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Ten Thousand Doors Of January

Isn’t it a marvel to roll the dice on a first-time novelist and read something great? The title character (a young woman, not a month) surfaces in circa 1900 America with an ability to notice doors to other universes. What … Continue reading

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On My Tube: WandaVision

As opposed to my less than high regard for The Great, one new show I do enjoy is the latest offering in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Only three episodes have dropped as of this writing. My wife and daughter were more … Continue reading

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On The Tube: Twilight Zone

Over the past few weeks, I’ve crammed in the two seasons of the current reboot of The Twilight Zone. I confess I was too young to hang in for the original, and I’ve only caught the occasional episode over the years … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Bees

What if religion were hard-wired into our physical being? To the point where sin or disobedience brought us the physical sensation of pain. Reader know I enjoy speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy both) because of the potential for sparking … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 2

  On facebook, no comment, just cover. Here, a few words. This was one of the four books I ordered at the end of eighth grade from our scholastic book service. Up to a few months prior, I never bought … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Wall Of Storms

The second book of Ken Liu’s fantasy epic has alternated between my bookshelf and my hands for the past week. It came out fourteen months ago, but since this isn’t a book blog as such, readers get my literary reviews … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: 3 Peculiars

After watching the movie and largely enjoying it, I looked forward to reading Ransom Riggs’ “trilogy” about the peculiar children. You may know the premise: the author has used unusual vintage photographs to fuel the details of a modern fantasy … Continue reading

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