Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Dark Trend in Speculative Fiction:
Death More Beautiful Than Resurrection

Sometimes as Christians, we’re immersed in our own world, unaware of the ebb and flow in the culture around us. I know I am, at times, yet I try to keep abreast of trends in the area of books and … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Letters From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien

I haven’t held a book giveaway in quite a while, and the Christmas season seems like the perfect time to offer a book to my blog readers. I’ve chosen Letters from Father Christmas to share, an entertaining blend of whimsey … Continue reading

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Storybook Architecture

While little details of the real world often inspire fantasy stories, in the case of storybook architecture, a reverse process of sorts occurred. The designers took inspiration from the medieval era and fused it with the fantastic to create dwellings … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have plans to enjoy a special time tomorrow celebrating the goodness of God with family or friends. My husband and I are grateful to have most of our family in the area and for opportunity to … Continue reading

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Storytelling and the Journey Homeward

In Walking on Water, Madeline L’Engle had this to say about the purpose of art and artistry: The journey homewards. Coming home. That’s what it’s all about. The journey to the coming of the Kingdom. That’s probably the chief difference … Continue reading

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The Balance of Power

In any story, the balance of power between the protagonist and the antagonist plays an important role in keeping tension high or dropping it altogether. In fantasy, this takes on particular importance, because the central conflict between good and evil … Continue reading

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Death and Resurrection: Patterns in Folklore and Fantasy

“The world is full of resurrections. Every night that folds us up in darkness is a death; and those of you that have been out early, and have seen the first of the dawn, will know it–the day rises out … Continue reading

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The Fusion of Speculative Art and Literature

Recently, my library featured a small display of steampunk novels. On the shelf along with Jules Verne and other classic writers sat a rather thick hardback titled The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a story about an orphan boy living hidden … Continue reading

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Are Fairy Stories Only for the Young?

Sometimes I encounter the perception that fairy tales and fantasy belong to children and teens, and those of a more mature outlook want “realistic” fare. These adults say they want books that delve into real life issues, a perspective that … Continue reading

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Through the Gate

Inspiring Objects

Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate, And though we pass them by today, Tomorrow we may come this way And take the hidden paths that run Towards the Moon or to the … Continue reading

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