Walking with The Lord of the Rings

Last week during my long walks to work I decided to start listening to The Lord of the Rings on audiobook. The narrator is fantastic. I've read the series almost two decades ago, but a lot of it is intertwined with the Peter Jackson movies. Also when I read the books I didn't possess the …

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On classic vs modern writing.

I often get in these black moods where I just want to close off my social media, erase everything, and unplug from the internet. Most posters on facebook and twitter are dimwit chimpanzees thumping their chests and flinging excrement at each other. Sites like twitter and facebook, even good blogs that I often read, are …

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Morning Walk

I woke up earlier than usual this morning because I planned on riding the bus to work. We only have one car and with the new baby, I prefer that the wife keeps it during the day so she can get around easier. But, once outside I changed plans. The weather was the perfect autumn …

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Diseased!

These past few days I've been laid low with a nasty upper respiratory infection. I started feeling it over the weekend, went to the gym to try to beat it out, but I couldn't even knock out a deadlift warmup, before giving up. It wrecked me for three straight days, leaving me congested and coughing …

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No Honor

We live in a corrupt and diseased age where adult men wallow in infantilism and waste their days away in masturbatory digital power fantasies inside their mother's basements. So many men have turned their backs on masculinity, instead embracing the snark of the neuter, replacing the respectable behavior of men with the cattiness that ugly …

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Barbarian Book Club: 10 October 2018 Operational Report

Life has been a whirlwind of activity. Taking care of a newborn is a lot more difficult than I expected. I figured that after a bit of holding and talking to she would gracefully recline in her baby seat and relax politely while I kept busy reading and writing. Unfortunately, she would rather do her …

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The Law of Wolves: A Short Fable by Schuyler Hernstrom

Two years ago I was brought out of my crap-fantasy induced ennui when I discovered Cirsova and the budding indy scene that was beginning to develop around that awesome magazine. The top issue, so far unsurpassed, was Cirsova #5. The centerpiece was Schuyler Hernstrom's The First American. It blew my fucking mind. Here, after all …

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Cirsova Magazine

If you follow this blog or my other online rants you might remember that three years ago I almost completely gave up on new Fantasy and Science Fiction. I waded through endless endless idiotic short stories, nihilistic postmodern trash. The standard garbage in modern anthologies and magazines. I was so sick of modern SFF that …

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Pre-Tolkien Challenge: The Sword of Welleran

I decided to start the challenge by going back to the beginning of the 20th century by reading Lord Dunsany's The Sword of Welleran. Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, is considered by many the father of modern fantasy and credited as a major influence by Lovecraft, Tolkien, Howard, and even contemporary writers like Neil …

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Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challange Roundup: Part II

We are on week three of the Pre-Tolkien Challenge and the whole adventure has been very successful. A lot of great people have joined up and written about their favorite fantasy work from a great era of fiction. Check some of it here in the Pre-Tolkien Challenge Roundup: Part I. Reading the classics of Fantasy …

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