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Book Review: Edda by Conor Kostick

by Boreas

Firebird (2011), Cover by Tony Sahara   Reading Edda requires familiarity with both Epic and Saga, and this write-up will contain plot details from the preceding volumes of the Avatar Chronicles trilogy. Reviews for Epic and Saga, however, can be read without fear of spoilers. ————— Conor Kostick started an extremely entertaining trilogy for juveniles with Epic, his opener […]

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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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Book Review: Epic by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2008), Cover by Tony Sahara   There’s a certain kind of appeal in the idea of conflict resolution through a sophisticated virtual medium, especially when conflicts have a tendency towards real, physical violence. An environment that eliminates the crutch of physical inadequacies by providing the same starting point for all makes vis-à-vis encounters in […]

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Book Review: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

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Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead, Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep seas swell And the profit and loss. A current under sea Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell He passed the stages of his age and youth Entering the whirlpool. Gentile or Jew O you who turn the […]

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