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In the tradition: J.R.R. Tolkien as influence on other writers by Roz Kaveney

t is almost a joke, certainly a cliche, that any large-scale multi-volume fantasy novel will be described on its dust jacket as being ‘in the tradition of Tolkien at his best’, regardless of its actual merits or the degree to which, if at all, it has been influenced by Tolkien. 5,499 more words

Tad Williams

Strauss, Patterson and Handel at the RNCM

My first year at the RNCM is drawing to a close – but the last month of term has definitely been the busiest and most varied yet!  380 more words


#amwriting: Literature and Language: Gormenghast and Lyonesse

Two series of fantasy novels that had a profound effect on me as a reader are the Gormenghast series of novels, written by Mervyn Peake, and… 656 more words


All the Books I’ve Abandoned So Far This Year

Last year’s abandoned books posts were popular ones – strangely so considering that, instead of giving recommendations like usual, I was instead listing books I’d probably steer you away from. 1,178 more words

Fiction Reviews

The best reads of 2017 - so far

If you’re looking for reading recommendations or simply want to see what we’ve read this year (I know I like to compare reading lists) here’s a summary of the best books we’ve read so far this year. 1,236 more words

A Mind For Numbers

Microanalysis: Multiple Tenses and Perspectives

A week or two ago, I was talking to Brittany about Sarah J Maas’ fantasy series. At the very end of her second novel, A Court of Mist and Fury, Mass abruptly switches her narrator without any warning. 1,877 more words

Owls and Omens

“This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.”  358 more words