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What I Love About Fantasy

When I went through the wardrobe, I wasn’t the small shy kid who got overlooked by everyone. I wasn’t left on the sidelines. I had the inside scoop on something incredibly cool. That all my classmates had voted for it and thus also had the inside scoop was lost on first-grade me.

What I Hate about Fantasy

If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you have at least a dozen books on your shelf where someone is destined to save the world. They’re given special powers or a personality trait that is going to be the key thing that overcomes evil and allows goodness to thrive. It’s bullshit.

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Gawain’s Sisyphean Struggle for Greatness

When I announced to the world that I was watching the Green Knight, the world told me it was trippy. I was expecting something akin to the boat ride in the original Willy Wonka. What I got was a very personal examination of mental health.

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What I Love About Fantasy

What I Love About Fantasy

When I went through the wardrobe, I wasn’t the small shy kid who got overlooked by everyone. I wasn’t left on the sidelines. I had the inside scoop on something incredibly cool. That all my classmates had voted for it and thus also had the inside scoop was lost on first-grade me.

What I Hate about Fantasy

What I Hate about Fantasy

If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you have at least a dozen books on your shelf where someone is destined to save the world. They’re given special powers or a personality trait that is going to be the key thing that overcomes evil and allows goodness to thrive. It’s bullshit.

A Brief History of Cairhien, Andor, and the Wars of Succession

A Brief History of Cairhien, Andor, and the Wars of Succession

The Wheel of Time is renowned for its world building, but much of the backstory is delivered in bits and pieces at different times in different places and it’s not always easy to put the pieces together. This post will try to put some of those pieces together and explain how the history of Cairhien and Andor interact with the Aiel and the Dragon.