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Movement in Homer’s The Odyssey

I am not a poet, but Homer’s Odyssey makes me want to write as beautifully and simply as he does. The Odyssey has become one of my favorite novels because of beautiful lines like: “Side by side the two men … Continue reading

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Ethnographic Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

  In The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin has written twenty chapters in a woven epic account of Genry Ai’s experience as an Envoy to the planet Gethen. The book works because of the way Le Guin … Continue reading

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The Champion of Barésh: a review

Books and Dragons When I say I’m a Book Dragon, I mean that when I find a writer whose words inspire me or who creates something special, I will put aside every other book in my pile and read that … Continue reading

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Spirituality as Truth in Philip K. Dick’s Valis

If authors follows their obsessions, then Philip K. Dick is obsessed with drugs, spirituality, and aliens. The thing I love most about Philip K. Dick is that he doesn’t pull punches. We are talking about Christ. He is an extra-terrestrial … Continue reading

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The Geologist’s Viewpoint: H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror contains one novella, originally serialized, and three short horror stories. Lovecraft is both amazing and maddening—he is really smart and I can see that in his writing, … Continue reading

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Format and World Immersion in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

  Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a fast-paced, user-friendly video game of a novel. How does Cline craft it so masterfully that I am engrossed from page one and don’t want to stop? He uses specific formatting, pacing, and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Fantastic in Robert Kirk’s the Secret Commonwealth

Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies is an exploration in ancient Celtic beliefs. Marina Warner writes in the introduction: “Kirk never alludes to his own status as a seventh son or to any healing he might … Continue reading

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Review of Brandy L. River’s Sleepwalker

I received Sleepwalker by Brandy L Rivers in exchange for an honest review. First, a bit about the author: Brandy L. Rivers is obsessed with monsters and magic. She is the author of the Branches of Emrys series, the Others … Continue reading

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Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker

Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage: Store the Food You Use Every Day by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker The premise: food storage for the modern cook. The idea is good, but the book falls short of fulfilling the … Continue reading

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Mortal Danger: Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger

Some writers create momentum from a chapter to the next that keeps the reader’s attention; sometimes energy lasts for a whole book, and sometimes it lasts for a whole series. Elizabeth Moon is such a writer. Her Vatta’s universe is … Continue reading

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