Monthly Archives: September 2011

How Familiar Are You With Tolkien’s Work?

Along with CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien tends to receive high accolades in Christian and mainstream fantasy circles alike. So I thought it might be interesting to see how familiar avid readers and writers of Christian fantasy are with his works. … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy | Tagged | 17 Comments

Givers of Light

Inspiring Objects

There’s a certain pleasure in the soft glow of oil lamps or candles or in the thought of strolling down a cobbled street lined by flickering lamp posts. The gentle luminescence of these devices provides such a different experience from … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Inspiring Objects, Writing | 5 Comments

The Impact of Small Presses on Christian Speculative Fiction

In the span of a few short years, small traditional publishers have begun to make an increasing impact in the arena of Christian speculative fiction. For years, the larger houses left a conspicuous gap in this area, and Marcher Lord … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

An Interview at The Writer’s Lair

If you’ve been around here any length of time, you’ll know I don’t talk a lot about myself and my writing. That being said, I enjoy learning about the writers of blogs I read, and I thought you might like … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy, Writing | Tagged | 2 Comments

Monster in the Hollows, Day 3:
The Impact of the Arts

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour September 2011

Who among us hasn’t experienced that peculiar, delightful stirring of the soul that comes through a creative work? We read a book and between the lines we catch glimpses of beauties and marvels that waken wonder. We hear a song … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy, CSFF Blog Tour | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Monster in the Hollows, Day 2:
The Family Connection

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour September 2011

In literature as a whole and particularly literature for young adults, family ties are often weak or disintegrating and parental figures absent or abusive. Granted, many know by experience the painful reality of fractured families, but strong, loving families do … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy, CSFF Blog Tour | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Monster in the Hollows, Day 1: A Review

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour September 2011

Several years ago, I stumbled across a book with an unusual title: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. It had an even longer subtitle: Adventure, Peril, Lost Jewels, and the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Scree. And a … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy, CSFF Blog Tour | Tagged , | 4 Comments

On the Mixing of Mythologies

Only in fairy tales can a heart live outside the body for years without end, and indeed the detached heart occurs in a number of fairy tales such as the The Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body (which … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Christian Fantasy, Myth and Legend | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Literary Sweet Spot

Several days ago, Becky Miller posted over at Speculative Faith on The It Factor,  the elements which make us want to choose one novel out of the enormous sea of potential reads. She listed five factors which often play a … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged | 19 Comments

The Relationship of Beauty and Truth

“Beauty is the only stuff in which Truth can be clothed; and you may, if you will, call Imagination the tailor that cuts her garments to fit her, and Fancy his journeyman that puts the pieces of them together, or … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in God, Quotes, Writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments