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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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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Tolkien and Modernity — Jeffro’s Space Gaming Blog

Part two of Jeffro going hard on Tolkien. Good convo in the comments and across Twitter. Tolkien was ahead of his time. And that’s precisely what I object to about him. And you know it’s real. People experience a culture shock when they go look up his forgotten contemporaries that they don’t with his work. …

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The Pre-Tolkien Challenge — Clark Ashton Smith

I can't believe I've never read any Clark Ashton Smith.   via The Pre-Tolkien Challenge -- Clark Ashton Smith

Jon Mollison: Algernon Blackwood

Jon Mollison throws down his first review with Algernon Blackwood. I have to admit, I've never heard of this writer, so now I have a new addition to my list of must reads. Algernon Blackwood is a new one for me.  His Infogalactic listing includes a quote from a leading Lovecraft scholar identifying “his work [as] more …

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Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge Roundup: Part I

The Pre-Tolkien Challenge got started two days ago and there's already been a great response. Some great conversation across blogs and on twitter. Exactly what I was looking for. Creating an interlinked community of like-minded people sharing our love for classic fantasy and discussing what made the old works fantastic and how to apply it …

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