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Men of Iron

Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron: A Fanciful Coming of Age Story in the Middle Ages (Review)

A rousing, strongly principled adventure story that I would’ve loved to read back in 5th grade (but I still enjoyed it as an adult).
Oct 17, 2018

When you think of The Chronicles of Narnia, chances are The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Prince Caspian come to mind. But Tyler Huckabee makes the bold statement that The Horse and His Boy is the best Narnia novel.

This book’s delights abound, but for starters, there’s the simplicity of the plot, which is as straightforward an escape story as they come. Things clip along in a straight line at a brisk place, with little time spent depicting the flora and fauna of Lewis’ imaginative world. The fact that so little of the book takes place in Narnia makes the bursts of magic in this stranger land feel more enlivening and satisfying when they do appear.

Huckabee also makes some good points re. the book’s treatment of both its female characters and Aslan.

The City of Brass

S. A. Chakraborty’s Captivating City of Brass Is a Refreshing Fantasy Debut (Review)

Chakraborty’s novel finds inspiration in Islamic and Middle-Eastern religion and culture for its exotic world-building.
Aug 8, 2018
Exploring the Strange, Ultra-Futuristic World of Tsutomu Nihei's <em>Blame!</em>

Exploring the Strange, Ultra-Futuristic World of Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame!

Tsutomu Nihei’s manga masterpiece is a journey through a bizarre world filled with nightmarish technology run amok.
Apr 2, 2018
Tsutomu Nihei Reveals His Next Manga Series, <em>Aposimz</em>

Tsutomu Nihei Reveals His Next Manga Series, Aposimz

Aposimz contains plenty of Nihei trademarks plus a few tweaks​ that give it some unique flavor, too.
Jan 12, 2017
Blame! Volume 1

Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame! Is a Beautifully Nightmarish Cyberpunk Epic (Review)

Vertical Comics’ excellent reprint captures all of the engrossing and unsettling detail in Nihei’s intricate artwork.
Jan 3, 2017
Lois McMaster Bujold's <em>Curse of Chalion</em> is the Best Fantasy Novel I've Read in Years

Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Chalion is the Best Fantasy Novel I’ve Read in Years

It’s refreshing to read about a fantasy hero who has no desire to be a hero, but rather, wants only to live humbly and quietly.
Jul 4, 2016
Howard Pyle's Vision of King Arthur & His Knights

Howard Pyle’s Vision of King Arthur & His Knights

There are hundreds of illustrations throughout Pyle’s novels, and even the smallest and simplest are beautiful for their elegant, refined style.
Feb 5, 2016

Fairytales Send the Wrong Message to Modern Children?

I wonder if part of the problem is that parents simply assume that fairy tales are neat and clean.
Feb 14, 2014
Fifteen Myths about Bible Translation

Fifteen Myths about Bible Translation

There’s more to a biblical translation than meets the eye.
Oct 11, 2012
Philip Yancey's newest: <em>What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters</em>

Philip Yancey’s newest: What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters

Philip Yancey’s latest book will be released on October 19, 2010.
Oct 11, 2010
Stories for Boys

Stories for Boys

I find myself greatly desiring to read to Simon those stories that I loved as a young boy.
Dec 11, 2009