Tag Archives: Stephen King

Tolkien’s “I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size)” in Context: A Note on Books and Their Authors (#hobbitday)

I don’t know that there is any more famous J.R.R. Tolkien quote than his claim to, in fact, be a hobbit. It’s really quite a delightful statement and worth quoting more fully: I am in fact a Hobbit (in all … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

The Great Commandments Which All Vampires Must Obey, by Anne Rice

Richard Matheson’s 1954 novella, I Am Legend–a brilliant story that I am rereading now–is an important vampire tale that follows the great classic film interpretations, but it really is the earnest literary beginning of the zombie genre. And there are … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

1,000th Post Party!

It’s the 1,000th post on A Pilgrim in Narnia! Huzzah! I began this blog way back in 2011 as a sandbox project for thoughts about C.S. Lewis’ writings. “Pilgrimage” was a word-picture I was using a lot for my life … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Top 5 New Posts of 2019

2019 was the busiest year ever on A Pilgrim in Narnia! Though I reduced the number of posts a little (to just over 2/week), there were more than 180,000 hits!  This year’s top posts have some intriguing connections. I have … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links, Reviews, Throwback Thursdays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Original Research, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Secret Vice” and My Secret Love: Thoughts on Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins’ Critical Edition of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Language

A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was the fall of 2001. I was rereading The Lord of the Rings in anticipation of the film, which I was sure would be screened even in … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Fictional Worlds, Memorable Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the UK’s Favourite Book

According to a OnePoll survey of 2,000 UK adults, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is Britain’s most popular book. It is an intriguing find, but not inconsistent with other surveys and with research by people like Stephanie Derrick (see … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Writing Tips by Stephen King: Infographic and Video

I know that this post is less than a year old, but I still think the infographic is pretty cool. Plus, I found a funny short video from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert that is worth sharing. No matter … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments