Category Archives: Fantasy

Thoughts on “The Hobbit” Trailer

Color me skeptical. When Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trailer broke a week or two ago amid emails and facebook posts of breathless excitement, rife with exclamation marks and omgomgomgs, I muttered a “bah, humbug.”* When Jackson’s adaptation of Fellowship of … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Image of Middle Earth

I stumbled across a batch of illustrations the other day, which I gather will be released (with others) in a book in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. Tolkien’s precision comes through in his illustrations … Continue reading

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Hunting Harry Potter’s Heir

(You guys like alliterations? I’m pretty ambivalent on alliterations outside of Dr Seuss books, but I do like forcing them into post titles.) Publishers and booksellers are scrambling to find the next blockbuster book (or, preferably, book series).  Hollywood studios … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Brian Jacques

Brian Jacques passed back in February, but I only learned of it the other day. It’s been years since I’ve read any of his work (though not because I am above reading children’s literature), but Jacques’ Redwall series was foundational … Continue reading

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