There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger

My library doesn’t have Flieger’s earlier collection, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, so I read this instead. I’m not really sure how to review this, so I’ll start by linking to Megan Fontentot’s review: These were interesting to read, but I’m finding it difficult to say much about them. I’ll probably comeContinue reading “There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger”

Classics Club Spin #27 List

I haven’t reviewed any books in a while, but I’m joining the Classics Club Spin #27! Info here. And I will review The Conference of the Birds soon (my current book for The Classics Club). The Golden Ass The Symposium The True History  Electra  The Saga of the Volsungs Troilus & Cressida Cymbeline Songs ofContinue reading “Classics Club Spin #27 List”

Notes on “The Shape of the Narrative in The Lord of the Rings”

This is a 1983 essay by fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, published her book Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. I read this essay because of a post from Calmgrove, which is part of a series of posts concerning The Lord of the Rings. I have read a few of Jones’s books (so far Howl’sContinue reading “Notes on “The Shape of the Narrative in The Lord of the Rings””

Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ombria in Shadow is one of two books by McKillip that won the World Fantasy Award, the other being The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, which I read a few years ago. It is set in the city of Ombria,  where the prince has just died and his great-aunt, DominaContinue reading “Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip”

Review: The Road to Middle-Earth

by Tom Shippey My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read Tom Shippey’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century a few years ago, but The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created A New Mythology is his earlier book on Tolkien, and now that I have read it, I think I should have started withContinue reading “Review: The Road to Middle-Earth”

Classics Club Spin #26

Hi! I haven’t been reading much but I have a few reviews planned for the first few books I read this year. In the meantime, I couldn’t resist joining the current Classics Club spin; this will be my second. Instructions here: my list: Songs of Innocence & Experience – William Blake Idylls of theContinue reading “Classics Club Spin #26”

review: Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

My rating: 3 of 5 stars In the kingdom of Raine, an abandoned baby is found and raised by the Royal Librarians of Raine. One day the girl, Nepenthe, is given a mysterious book written in a language with an alphabet of letters shaped like thorns. It turns out to be an epic poem documentingContinue reading “review: Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip”

Minireviews: The Drawing of the Dark/Haroun & the Sea of Stories/Hyperion/The Einstein Intersection

This is a repost from 8/26/20 since it somehow got eaten when I transferred to WordPress The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers *** 3 stars This is one of Tim Powers’s early novels and the first of his secret histories: several books with the shared premise that something supernatural is going on behind the scenes ofContinue reading “Minireviews: The Drawing of the Dark/Haroun & the Sea of Stories/Hyperion/The Einstein Intersection”

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014) A man visits his childhood home after many years away. His old house is gone but the farm at the end of the road is still there along with its pond.Continue reading “Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Review: Four Weird Tales

Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars Algernon Blackwood (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English novelist and short-story writer best known for his stories of the supernatural. Many of his stories are in the public domain and online. I have previously read The Willows and TheContinue reading “Review: Four Weird Tales”


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