Monthly Archives: February 2012

5 Christian Fairy Tale Retellings

For some time, the subgenre of fairy tale retellings has thrived in the mainstream market, and I’m excited to see more of these sorts of stories appearing in the Christian market as well, since it’s a subgenre I enjoy reading … Continue reading

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The Conflict Between
Good and Evil in Fantasy

During last week’s blog tour, Janeen Ippolito commented on blurry lines between good and evil in the featured book, and Becky Miller added her perspective that the good and evil have yet to be defined–and may turn out in a … Continue reading

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Cities Underground

Since we’ve been discussing The Realms Thereunder, I thought it might be appropriate to highlight this post from the very early days of my blog on real-world underground cities: “A man steps through the wall and enters a long-hidden city, … Continue reading

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The Realms Thereunder, Day 3:
Song and Verse

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour, February 2012

In fantastic literature, the role of songs and poems cannot be discounted. At one time, of course, fantastic tales were often told in the form of epic poems, and modern fantasy has retained echoes of these roots. In the works … Continue reading

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The Realms Thereunder, Day 1:
A Review

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour, February 2012

Review While in an ancient church during a “time between times,” children Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds find themselves pulled into a dangerous underground realm, where creatures of folklore and myth abound. Freya wishes nothing more than to escape this … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead

Starting Monday, the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour will feature The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead, and in preparation, I’m holding a giveaway for the book. Ross Lawhead (yes, the son of Christian fantasy author Stephen Lawhead) has … Continue reading

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Library Journal Discusses the State of Christian Speculative Fiction

If you’re a reader or writer of Christian speculative fiction, you know that such books are in short supply compared to the number of titles that fans of the genre would like to see. In recent years, changes in the … Continue reading

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Mythopoeia

I’ve been on a bit of a Tolkien kick lately, because there’s a great deal worth exploring in his works, both fiction and non-fiction. One concept he developed and explored to a greater extent than his predecessors was that of … Continue reading

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Of Series and Sequels

At one point, JRR Tolkien started a sequel to Lord of the Rings (which is available in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, if you’re interested in reading it). The story, entitled A New Shadow, was set about 100 years following the … Continue reading

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Interview with Anne Elisabeth Stengl
(Part Two)

As promised, I’m excited to share with you today the rest of my interview with Christian fairy tale writer Anne Elisabeth Stengl. 8. In western culture, dragons often are portrayed as evil creatures, but the figure of the Lady of … Continue reading

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