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Fantasy Novel Repeats

Recently, I read The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer, a historical fantasy novel that released this month. The concept seemed familiar, and the further I got into the story, the more confident I was that I had read the book … Continue reading

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The World of E-books: Booktracks

As the world of books and publishing evolves, perhaps it’s natural that people began to consider the fusion of books and music. For some time, writers have shared the soundtracks that accompanied the writing of their books or suggested complimentary … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Read
Fairy Tale Retellings

For countless years, fairy tales have been told and retold, and right now there’s a strong growth of re-imagined fairy tales in both books and films. So if you haven’t tried a fairy tale retelling yet, here are some of … Continue reading

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On Being a Hero

Even the seemingly small and insignificant may have souls of great courage. Don’t we cheer all the more for a character who determines to do the right thing and holds to that course, even when it seems unlikely to bring … Continue reading

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Reader Interpretation Versus
Writer Intention

Fantasy deals with worlds other than our own, yet it has strong application to the realities of life. Allegory, supposal, applicability, or the range in between allow for the drawing of parallels between fantasy situations and that which we encounter … Continue reading

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Four Sources of Christian Fantasy
Short Stories

Although I’m not generally a short story reader, one of the purposes of this blog is to make known different sources of Christian fantasy. And it so happens that a number of online magazines offer an array of Christian fantasy … Continue reading

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The Impact of a Name

A recent New York Times article highlighted a loosely collaborative project between the grandson of Tolkien and the great-great-grandson of Dickens.The project consists of two YA fantasy novels by Michael Tolkien that will be narrated in audiobook by Gerald Dickens. … Continue reading

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Books that Cast Vision

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint Exupery Vision begets action, and … Continue reading

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What Fuels Literary Trends?

For hundreds of years, novels have followed distinct trends as genres and styles rise and fall in popularity. These literary trends might appear in the form of stylistic movements like romanticism or stream-of-consciousness writing, the emergence of new genres like … Continue reading

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Introducing Non-Fantasy Readers
to Speculative Fiction

As a life-long reader of fantasy, most of the genre conventions seem normal to me. Strange names, new languages, different rules of reality, the period of orientation to a fantastic realm–none of these things make me think twice. The “weird” … Continue reading

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