Monthly Archives: March 2014

Turtles All the Way Down: Discworld Conversations About The Origins of the Universe

To say that I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is an understatement. Among the humorous fantasy writers, Terry Pratchett has pride of place. At his right and left hand are Douglas Adams in sheer satiric glory, and Neil Gaiman, … Continue reading

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Tolkien Post Master List (For Tolkien Reading Day)

Originally posted on Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions:
In celebration of Tolkien Reading Day (3/25) I have decided to collect various posts on Tolkien and his works that I have stumbled across in the blogosphere.  The list is by…

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Watch Out Tom Clancy, Here I Come

The voice came from the backseat of the car. “When I grow up I’d like to be a spy for CSIS.” I burst out laughing, struggling to keep the car under control. A spy for CSIS! Right. Now, before anyone … Continue reading

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An Incredible List of Faerie Books (by J. Aleksandr Wootton)

It’s Myth and Legend Week here on A Pilgrim in Narnia (see “On Leprechauns” and “CSL and the Music of the Spheres“). J. Aleksandr Wootton is the author of the Fayborn series, a modern, urban threshold fantasy trilogy. I’ve read … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and the Music of the Spheres

On Monday I blogged “On Leprechauns,” referencing C.S. Lewis’ “The Discarded Image,” where he embarks on a rather scientific look at faeries. “The Discarded Image” is part of a larger series of Oxford lectures that capture the medieval worldview to … Continue reading

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On Leprechauns

I don’t know about you, but I always put leprechauns in a special category. I knew there was a tinge of danger there–an ambivalence that makes them untrustworthy woodfolk. I am, unfortunately, more affected by Lucky Charms commercials in childhood … Continue reading

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‘On the Supposed Unsuitability of Fairytales for Children” Guest Post by J. Aleksandr Wootton

J. Aleksandr Wootton chairs the fictional Folklore Studies department at Lightfoot College, where his research focuses on post-war Faerie. He has authored Her Unwelcome Inheritance, an account of fairy refugees on earth, and has recently published a poetry collection titled Forgetting: Impressions … Continue reading

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