Tag Archives: Neil Gaiman

2019: A Year of Reading: The Nerd Bit, with Charts

“With such wishes for the New Year as still seem possible” ~ C.S. Lewis to his father from the WWI trenches in France “Except at my job—where the machine seems to run on much as usual—I loathe the slightest effort. … Continue reading

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2019: My Year in Books: The Infographic

Happy New Year everyone! I will have some fun putting together the data in an upcoming post, including some new date charts. It’s not often I get to play with graphs and charts, so I’m looking forward to it. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Robert Browning’s “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” read by George Guidall

There are few short pieces in literature that have generated as many new stories as Robert Browning’s 1855 poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.” The story itself comes from an old folktale that inspired a moment in Shakespeare‘s King … Continue reading

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The 100 Best Fantasy Books by Steve Hayes

Originally posted on Notes from underground:
I saw this list of best fantasy books from Reddit. Top 100 Best Fantasy books: This is a list of the best fantasy books. If you want to find good fantasy books to read,…

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Lessons on Christian Culture from Good Omens, and Why the Protests Make Weird Sense

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars I decided to reread Good Omens because of the Amazon Prime series–though don’t tell fundamentalist American Christians that the series … Continue reading

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“Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said” by C.S. Lewis (Throwback Thursday)

Last year I introduced an occasional feature I call “Throwback Thursday.” This is where I find a blog post from the past–raiding either my own blog-hoard or someone else’s–and throw it back out into the digital world. This might be … Continue reading

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Philip Pullman as a Reader of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

Philip Pullman is for me a hot-and-cold writer who, fortunately, usually leads with heat. His accomplishment in drawing modern fantasy readers into the worlds of Milton and Dante with the His Dark Materials trilogy is an important one. Lyra in The Golden … Continue reading

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