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REVIEW: Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War

Like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings mythology, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is set in a world that looks like – and is clearly inspired by – our Middle Ages, but isn’t actually set in Europe between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. Instead, Game of Thrones takes place in a fantastical world in which winters last a generation and magic is ...

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Book Review: Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil

Book Review: Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil Crystal Hurd   Colin Duriez’s latest book is full of evil. Or more specifically, it explores how C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wove the theme of good and evil into their respective literary works. You may be familiar with Duriez’s work. He is absolutely prolific. My shelf is full of ...

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A Brave New Epic for a Brave New World

A Brave New Epic for a Brave New World Or, the Origins of a Mythology By John C. Evans Four or five children sit around a burning hearth. Their faces are obscured by shadow. But I know them all. My little shoulders twitch as I peer coolly out the window. There is mist on the hills, and I can see ...

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Go Inside the Empire with Star Wars: Imperial Handbook

Star Wars fans have been able to get an (oftentimes humorous) inside look at groups like the Jedi and Sith with The Jedi Path and Book of Sith, but now for the first time you can go behind-the-scenes of the Galactic Empire with the newly-announced Imperial Handbook. “Imperial Handbook continues the legacy of Star Wars books originating within the universe. This ...

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New Podcast on The Heart of Light!

Just recently, I caught up with author and scholar Charlie Starr to conduct an interview with him about The Heart of Light. Last week, I posted a dazzling review of the book, which has war, love, betrayal and all the great stuff that keeps you turning a page! Here is a link to the podcast from All About Jack:  http://essentialcslewis.com/2014/08/11/the-heart-of-light-dr-charlie-starr/ ...

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"Kenobi" Prequel in SW Insider Magazine #143

If you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming Kenobi novel, then you’ll be thrilled to know that July’s issue of Star Wars Insider will feature a prequel to Miller’s book! Direct from the Star Wars Books Facebook: “We’re thrilled to announce that John Jackson Miller has written a KENOBI prequel story for Star Wars Insider Magazine#143 titled, “Incognito.” ...

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The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt

The 1970’s would discover the art of The Brothers Hildebrandt through their amazing depictions of the world of Tolkien in the calendars that inspired the imagination of the fantasy world and artists alike. “The real spark came from the calendars, which showed me that it could be illustrated (The Lord of the Rings). I went through the Hildebrandt calendar, doing ...

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