Tag Archives: Fairy Stories

Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge: Howard, Moore, and Dunsany

The Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge was made by Alexandru Constantin over at the Barbarian Book Club.  The rules are simple: Identify 3 Fantasy stories written before Lord of the Rings was published. 3 stories written before 1954. Review all three on … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: The Animated Tolkien Movies

Whew boy, did I need a palate cleanser after watching Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.  And I did love the Rankin/Bass adaptation of The Hobbit as a kid, after all.  So it turns out that, of the three animated adaptations, that … Continue reading

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Novik’s Uprooted was the best novel I had read in a long time.  I’m thrilled that she is returning to the sub-genre with Spinning Silver.  Spinning Silver isn’t a sequel, per my understanding, but I gather it is the same … Continue reading

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Tolkien 101: Rereading The Hobbit

I’ve been trying to keep my paper library to a manageable size, but I’m afraid of the quality of the kindle versions for old books.  So I’ve been buying even more physical books.  At least the books back then, like … Continue reading

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Some Dark Holler Beats Manly Wade Wellman at His Own Game

Bauserman pitched an advanced copy of Some Dark Holler to me because I reviewed a collection of Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John stories.  I get a lot of these, usually with the author comparing their work to some colossus in … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Who Fears the Devil? by Manly Wade Wellman

I went to a panel at the WorldCon in San Antonio a few years back on Texas Pulp SF.  Apart from the 800-lb. 1800-lb. gorilla in the room, Texans were grossly underrepresented in the pulps.  The consensus was that they … Continue reading

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Review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted may be the most perfect fantasy novel I have read since A Game of Thrones.  Or maybe The Lord of the Rings. Uprooted is a finalist for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and it has my vote.

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