Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mammoth: Soon to Live Again?

Recent reports that sound more like excerpts from a science fiction novel than a factual account chronicle scientists’ endeavors to resurrect the woolly mammoth by cloning (Jurassic Park, anyone?). Different plans related to resurrecting the mammoth have been in the … Continue reading

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Themes of Rapunzel (Part Three of Four)

Like many fairy tales, Rapunzel has received quite a bit of scholarly analysis, resulting in a variety of ideas regarding the themes and meanings of the tale. If you’re interested in this sort of study, Folk and Fairy Tales: A … Continue reading

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The God Hater, Day 3:
A Look At Allegory

February 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour

One sentiment I’ve seen expressed at several tour stops is that the allegorical elements of The God Hater will give new understanding of familiar truths. Certainly, allegory in general functions this way, but what about The God Hater? From my … Continue reading

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February 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour:
The God Hater, Day 1

Welcome to February’s blog tour! This month, we’re featuring The God Hater by Bill Myers. To be honest, based upon the story concept alone, I expected to dislike this book. However, I did make it through the entire story and … Continue reading

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Variations of Rapunzel (Part Two of Four)

One of the most intriguing aspects of fairy tales is the way they change across time and culture, yet still remain identifiable as the same story. In Rapunzel, the core element marking the story involves a maiden in confinement, but … Continue reading

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Tolkien Speaks on Lord of the Rings

Recently, I stumbled across several videos of Tolkien dating from the late 1960s, in which he discusses various topics of interest regarding Lord of the Rings and his other works. Since I like hearing what writers have to say about … Continue reading

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Inspiring Objects: Old Maps

You pick up the thick scroll, edges worn and frayed with age, and unfurl it with care. Paper crackles, and the scent of must tickles your nose. You spread it flat across a table and find before you a new … Continue reading

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Origins of Rapunzel (Part One of Four)

A few months ago, I delved into the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, exploring origins, themes, and modern interpretations. In February, I plan to do the same with the story of Rapunzel. I’ve made no secret of my … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Squonk and Others

The mythic creatures that first come to mind, beasts like the unicorn, dragon, or sphinx, all have their origins in ancient or medieval cultures. Relatively new civilizations like ours in America frequently get overlooked, yet we have our share of … Continue reading

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Dragons of the Valley Winner

I’m happy to announce the winner of Dragons of the Valley, selected by a random number generator–Aaron Hudkins. Congratulations, Aaron! I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you didn’t win this one, stay on the … Continue reading

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