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Book Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

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Harper Voyager U.K. (Apr, 2015), Cover by Jamie Jones   Quests are ubiquitous in all cultures. Joseph Campbell carefully explained the hows and whys of every major story being a quest, a hero’s journey in some form or the other. Peter Newman’s The Vagrant (2015) is another quest narrative and follows the format of Campbell’s monomyth to a […]

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The King’s Justice: Two Novellas by Stephen R. Donaldson

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G. P. Putnam’s Sons | Oct. 2015 | Cover by John Jude Palencar   Like another novel I recently read, Peter Newman’s The Vagrant, the titular story in Donaldson’s The King’s Justice: Two Novellas (2015) is written in my least favourite perspective, the omniscient present tense. However, unlike the often clipped, adjective-heavy sentences of uniform length frequently found […]

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Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

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Arbor House Hc | Nov. 1987 | Cover art by Thomas Canty   When examining society in a particular city through an historian’s eye, the series of incidents that Ellen Kushner’s novel concerns itself with would be considered an insignificant curiosity. Unusually, Swordspoint (1987) tells a rather small and private tale. Nothing in it leads to […]

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