Tag Archives: wizards

Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earthsea

Ursula K. LeGuin’s first book in the Earthsea series, A Wizard of Earthsea, is nearly fifty years old at this point. My reading of these books has been a bit sporadic, as I received the original trilogy as a kid … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Shameless Galleon Grab

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany – Does Rowling have some debts to pay or something? Several years after the Potter series was brought to a close, we’re now seeing this play … 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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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner – These two books take place in and around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where Garner grew up. Twin children named Colin and Susan come to stay there, and … Continue reading

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The Dragon and the Maiden

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede – This is a series of four books: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. The last was actually the first written, but after Wrede was convinced … Continue reading

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The Bard Is the Word

While I’ve addressed Norse mythology quite a bit, I haven’t yet looked into the great epic of specifically Finnish mythology, the Kalevala. Elias Lönnrot, a nineteenth-century physician and linguist, compiled ancient myths into a single long poem detailing everything from … Continue reading

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Here She Come A-Slytherin

I recently saw a post on Tumblr pointing out something about the Harry Potter books that I hadn’t really thought about before but is pretty weird. Slytherin is full of rich kids, yet their dormitories are in a dank, slimy … Continue reading

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