Posts Categorized: Classic Fantasy

Andre Norton’s Witch World: High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste

Andre Norton’s Witch World: High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste

High Hallack, Arvon and the Waste are located on a different continent of the Witch World than Norton’s Estcarp Cycle. High Hallack contains the Dales – quite similar but still rather different than Karsten’s Keeps. The Dales are spread out around the land – each one holding a few hundred… Read more »

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Review: Ciara’s Song by Andre Norton

Review: Ciara’s Song by Andre Norton

I love this book and the sequel The Duke’s Ballad. This is one of the few books in Andre Norton’s Witch World series that I feel allow for new reader explanations. It’s also an unusual Fantasy book by today’s standards: It’s mostly a stand-alone, it follows the lives of three… Read more »

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Coursera: Online Games Week 2

This week in Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative This week the class is going to dig a little deeper into Tolkien, the social aspect of MMOs and take a look at one of my favorite epic poems: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. Readings – J.R.R Tolkien’s… Read more »

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Review: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Review: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb *Spoilers*

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb *Spoilers*

This is another book I am having a hard time reviewing. There is a lot I like about this book. Fitz is a very engrossing character and the magical skills that he has are extremely interesting. Hobb seems to focus mainly on character development in this book. The book revolves… Read more »

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Review: The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” (The Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by C.S. Lewis

Review: The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” (The Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by C.S. Lewis

Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of… Read more »

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Review: Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad #3) by David Eddings *spoilers*

Review: Magician’s Gambit (The Belgariad #3) by David Eddings *spoilers*

Magician’s Gambit starts with the company on a ship sailing out of Nyissa. While Belgarath and Silk were away from the company, they discovered that Zedar no longer had the Orb. Zedar and Ctuchick (also a disciple of Torak) fought and Zedar fled.. Ctuchick too the Orb to Rak Cthol… Read more »

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Review: Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2) by C.S. Lewis

Review: Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2) by C.S. Lewis

The four Pevensies help Caspian battle Miraz and ascend his rightful throne. NARNIA…the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen…and where the adventure begins. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the… Read more »

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Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, completed in the winter of 1949 & published in 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Prof. Digory Kirke’s house that leads to the magical land of Narnia, which is currently… Read more »

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Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, completed in the winter of 1949 & published in 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Prof. Digory Kirke’s house that leads to the magical land of Narnia, which is currently… Read more »

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