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Wizards’ Work

Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – Written by a queer couple and published under the imprint of mystery and thriller author James Patterson, this combines the King Arthur myth with science fiction, LGBT themes, and … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

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Strange Women Lying in Ponds Distributing Swords

While the Lady of the Lake is an important figure in the Arthurian mythos, there doesn’t appear to be much agreement about various aspects of the character, including her name and how many of her there actually were. At various … Continue reading

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Doubters of the Divine

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, by Tim Whitmarsh – This book is partially a response to the idea that atheism is a new idea, a product of the age of science and reason that turns against ancient … Continue reading

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She’s in Love with the Dark

The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper – I don’t recall having heard of this series of books until fairly recently. I know there was a movie, but it didn’t do well, and I understand it was a poor … Continue reading

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On Darkest Thulcandra, in Deepest Heaven

I have a complicated relationship with C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia were significant reading in my formative years; and even though I don’t share his Christian belief, most of what I’ve heard from him presents Christianity in a way … Continue reading

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The Committee on Might in Man

The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White – Intended as the final part of The Once and Future King, this tale of King Arthur and his wizardly tutor wasn’t published until 1977, after White’s death. Arthur, now old and faced … Continue reading

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