Category: Reading

Feb 10

Free Will and Personality

My dad and I have a running debate on the concept of free will. His position (and I’m vastly oversimplifying here) is that free will doesn’t exist and we’re nothing more than highly complex machines operating according to the programming of our genes and environment. He does a better job explaining the details of his …

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Dec 28

Cliffhangers– Writers, Step Away From the Edge!

We went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday. Martin Freeman brought his quirky, endearing style as Bilbo, Benedict Cumberbatch was silkily menacing as Smaug, and Ian McClellan’s Gandalf finally got to use some magic. (I never have been able to figure out why Gandalf would rather sword-fight an enemy than blast him …

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Nov 16

Travel Posters for Fantasy Worlds

Autun Purser has created a series of very cool travel posters to fantasy worlds. Here’s one for Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Shadow Show from Something Wicked This Way Comes. If you’ve seen the movie, read the book. See more at io9.

Nov 05

World Building

It might just be what I’m reading lately, but world building seems to be the new Big Thing for traditional publishers of fantasy. You can have a thin plot, little to no characterization, but as long as you create a fantastically detailed world, publishers will swoon. Now,  Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, with its intricately …

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Nov 04

Fantasy is…

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it. Lloyd Alexander Thanks to The Passive Voice

Sep 26

My Favorite First Line

This is my all-time favorite first line of a book: The worst thing about knowing that Gary Fairchild had been dead for a month was seeing him every day at work. – The Silicon Mage by Barbara Hambly