Category: Fantasy

Worldbuilding Wednesday 9/21/22: Complicated Magic

Sometimes I randomgen a spell or magic item that is so complicated to describe I know it won’t fit on a twitter post. So I’ve saved them for here.   Complicated Magic Book of Dragon Coloring:  Contrary to popular belief, most dragons lead dull existences. When they’ve gotten to an age where there are few …

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The True Face of Sauron

Say the name Sauron and most people will think of this armored character from The Lord of the Rings movies, or a giant burning eye. But in the books Tolkien never spoke of Sauron’s Third Age physical form except in abstracts, saying only that he was  “not fair” which could mean anything. So, inspired by …

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Hot and Bothered

The very first story I had published professionally (which means, by my definition, I got paid for, and I could hold the book in my hot little hands) was about a woman who turns, or is turned into, an espresso machine, and all the various sensations she experiences as coffee and creamer emerge from her …

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The Wheel of Time, Season 1 [Review]

  Finally got around to watching the first season of The Wheel of Time, the 2021 Amazon production based on the fantasy book series by the late Robert Jordan. The first book was published in 1990 and last, number 14, in 2013, finished by author Brandon Sanderson with the approval of Jordan’s widow (who really …

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Unicorn in the Woods

Now that’s one funny-looking unicorn!

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power [Review]

  Much has been said about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime’s new series set in the Second Age of  Middle Earth. Some fans are enthusiastic about the idea, others skeptical. (I can understand the latter after recently watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: Battle of …

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The Problem of Susan and Other Stories [Review]

The Problem of Susan and Other Stories by Neil Gaiman (writer);  P. Craig Russell (art and adpatation); Scott Hampton (art);  Paul Chadwick (art), Lovern Kindzierski (art); Galen Showman, Rick Parker, Gaspar Saladino (lettering) Dark Horse Books, 2019 Finally, after  2 1/2 years, I’m getting around to writing a review of this book. For those who …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/31/22: Monarch Portraits of
xxxx Narnia (Narnia XLIII)

I’m going to do something different for this post of WW. I’m going to post AI-created portraits of randomly generated Narnian monarchs using StarryAI. (Starry-Eyed, get it?)  These monarchs are intended to be used in Narnian fanfics, but they could be used in any work of fantasy fiction as well. First, Queen Thuma of the …

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The White Stag, Part 4

What happens to Kings and Queens used to “battles, quests, feats of arms, acts of justice, and the like” when they become children again, left adrift with vague memories of another life? What if any or all of them had refused the White Stag’s “call” (as if it was predestined) and remained in Narnia instead …

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The White Stag, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this topic I looked at the folklore and symbolism behind the White Stag, then at how that folklore and symbolism was both right, and wrong, for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the world of Narnia itself.  I’ll continue in that vein and also take a …

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