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Crystal Hurd

Crystal is a writer, poet, reader, and public school educator from Virginia. She is happily married with three beautiful Terriers (adopted from local shelters). Her dissertation explored the leadership of C.S Lewis with postdoctoral work focusing on the leadership roles of artists. An unapologetic book nerd, Crystal loves to read and research works involving faith, literature, art, and leadership. She also possesses a deep, unrelenting interest in all things European, especially Doctor Who. You can read her weekly thoughts on her webpage/blog, friend her on Facebook, (Crystal Sullivan Hurd) and follow her on Twitter: @DoctorHurd and @hurdofficial.

Book Review: Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer

There is something wonderful about good literature. The words, the phrases, the characters, the exciting plot twists – a good story of an amalgamation of many things working together. When we find a story that captures us, that plants its roots firmly in our imaginations, we quickly develop a deep and lasting appreciation for that work. Have you ever had ...

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Feminine Leadership in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Some of Tolkien’s critics have chided him for having “conventional” females in his trilogy. For example, “Why aren’t there more females in Middle Earth?” or “Why are all of the women so virginal and viewed through a soft, fuzzy lens?” First off, we must remember that Tolkien was a student of early literature, literature which reflects women as more “conventional”. ...

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Was C.S. Lewis a Misogynist? Women and C.S. Lewis Book Releases Saturday

  A collection of interviews and essays from a group of distinguished scholars and bloggers writing on the theme of Lewis and women, in his life and writings Sexism in Narnia? Or Screwtape? Or among the Inklings? Critics have labelled C.S. Lewis a sexist, even a misogynist. Did the life and writing of the hugely popular British author and professor betray ...

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Rob-Con 2015: An Affordable Convention With Lots to Offer, August 1-2nd

Looking for an affordable convention with lots to offer? Check out Rob-Con in Bristol VA/TN! This weekend, convention guests can peruse many interesting booths featuring comic books, action figures, and franchise collectibles all while meeting artists, actors, and writers. The Con is named after the owner of Mountain Empire Comics Robert Pilk. Pilk, along with his business partner John Stone, started ...

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Game of Thrones TV Series “Will Spoil the Books”

With the recent announcement that George R.R. Martin is focusing on writing the next installment The Winds of Winter (insert impatient sigh), Game of Thrones fans are itching to watch the fifth season, staring April 12th. With the series poised to outpace Martin’s books, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have recently confirmed that the new shows will “spoil the ...

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The Hobbit Research Project: An Interview with Ernest Mathijs

Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings made millions at the box office worldwide. Tolkien fans stretch across the gl0be, but have you ever wondered what other cultures thought about the films? Recently, I contacted Ernest Mathijs to discuss the cross-cultural film critique called the Hobbit Research Project. Mathijs is a professor of Film Studies ...

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Morena Baccarin Cast in the Deadpool Film

Morena Baccarin, star of Homeland, Firefly, Gotham, and V, has been cast opposite Ryan Reynolds in the new Deadpool film. Fox will be releasing the flick, which is slated to begin filming next month. Fox anticipates a February 2016 release. Reynolds confirmed his involvement with the project after a screen test was leaked on the internet. Reynolds is a fan ...

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New Spaceballs Movie in the Works?

Fans of Star Wars and parodies rejoice! Comedian Mel Brooks stated that he is working on a new Spaceballs move to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Filming is set to begin in December 2015. The original Spaceballs debuted in 1987. Brooks was recently featured on Adam Corolla’s Take a Knee podcast, during which he stated ...

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Oloris Publishing to Release Cor Blok’s, “The Iron Parachute”

Oloris Publishing will soon be releasing artist Cor Blok’s The Iron Parachute. According to Pieter Collier of Tolkien Library, “There is no ‘plot’ in the usual sense: the book is constructed rather like a building with many different rooms that may be visited starting anywhere.” Blok began his career in 1967. Oloris has the privilege of bringing Blok’s body of ...

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