Monthly Archives: August 2010

Beauty and the Beast:
Origins and Variants (Part One of Four)

I’ve always had a fondness for fairy tales. They have richness beyond what is apparent if one only looks at the Disney or popular culture versions…and often portray spiritual truth, amid all their quirks and oddities. So for the next … Continue reading

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Of Goblins and Invisible Thread

As I re-read The Princess and the Goblin recently, I was struck by its most prominent theme—fear versus faith and trust. Throughout the tale, Princess Irene, Curdie, Lootie, and others face fearsome creatures and situations, and their responses dictate the … Continue reading

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August 2010 CSFF Tour Day 3: Foundling by DM Cornish

This month, the tour participants have highlighted numerous Christian fantasy favorites, several of which I have added to my reading list. Many paid tribute to Lewis and Tolkien, who have deeply impacted most fantasy readers/writers (myself included), while others have … Continue reading

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August 2010 CSFF Blog Tour Day 2: Foundling by DM Cornish

As DM Cornish’s books have different publishers in the US, UK, and AUS/NZ (at least the best that I can tell), he’s acquired a variety of cover art with each edition. It’s fascinating to see how each publisher packaged the … Continue reading

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August 2010 CSFF Blog Tour Day 1: Foundling by DM Cornish

Welcome to the August Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) blog tour! I’m jumping in for the first time this month and our feature will be not any one book, but a favorite book or author shared by each blogger, … Continue reading

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Mythic Creatures: The Unicorn

Dragons, sea-monsters, griffins—all these populate various fantastic realms, providing one enduring characteristic of fantasy, its unusual creatures. They may be fearsome, endearing, or bizarre, but they all add color and flavor to fantasy worlds and spark our imaginations with what … Continue reading

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5 Free Christian Fantasy Novels

Check out these classic Christian fantasy novels, available for free. Phantastes by George MacDonald Book description (from Borders): Described by MacDonald as ‘a faerie romance for men and women,’ Phantastes tells the tale of Anodos, a young man who one … Continue reading

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Underground Cities

A man steps through the wall and enters a long-hidden city, concealed in stone beneath the crust of the earth. Surely such a tale belongs to the realm of fantasy. Yet it happened in our world, and more than once. … Continue reading

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For Want of Wonder

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.” ~ GK Chesterton Wonder. It’s that feeling you get when your breath stops and your body tingles, as everything else fades into the background and all … Continue reading

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Christian Fantasy News and Releases, August 2010

Faeries and Dragons and Elves, Oh My!

For your consideration, I offer a few recent and upcoming releases of Christian speculative fiction* titles (both published in the Christian market and the general market) alongside a few news items. By no means do I present a comprehensive list, … Continue reading

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