Category Archives: fantasy

LotR Reread – rabbit hole

This was going to be just another paragraph in my second (or was it third?) post about Chapter Two … and then I dug a little deeper, and it became more than that. I don’t know quite what it is, … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (again)

So – now it’s April, 3018, and Gandalf returns. Which, by the way, is a sure sign that this time the Great Reread is meant to be: change the 3 to a 2, and in a couple of months I … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past

The talk did not die down in nine or even ninety-nine days. Tolkien really did write wonderful first lines, didn’t he? The second disappearance of Mr. Bilbo Baggins was discussed in Hobbiton, and indeed all over the Shire, for a … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (Prologue)

From the Foreword: As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: A Long-Expected Party

See? I said my LotR reread is still ongoing. Bitter despair will not stand in my way! I’ve talked about Chapter One before, but … So what? I really intended not to spend any time on “A Long-Expected Party” here … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis, Chrissi Hart

I loved Narnia as a kid, of course (though never as much as Middle–earth). I never really revisited it after my teens, though – until now, when one of my Goodreads friends pointed me to the free Chrissi Hart podcast–format … Continue reading

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Trolled – D.K. Bussell

Maybe the last thing I expected when I started this book was that one aspect of my review would include the word “humbling”. But here it is. I was pretty confident that I was pretty familiar with British slang. I’m … Continue reading

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Death Shall Come – Simon R. Green

Quite a while ago I had read the first book of the author’s other series, enjoyed it very much, and somehow never got back into his work. When I saw his name pop up on Netgalley, it seemed like a … Continue reading

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Sons of Devils – Alex Beecroft

This book started out quite well for me by addressing the current political climate and making a dedication to Tolkien. As Ms. Beecroft quotes: “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, … Continue reading

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis, Chrissi Hart

I’ve gotten distracted from this series; I need to go back and keep working through it. There’s just so much to listen to … Anyhow. Here Peter and Susan have lost the ability to go to Narnia, and can all … Continue reading

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