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A Plague of Nostalgia

This limbo of lost identity that has defined the 20th century and onward in media, is instrumental to this constant plague of nostalgia. Because, and I truly believe this, that there is no future of innovative and inspiring media beyond the coin curtain of a hyper-capitalist system, not at least from the mainstream Continue reading A Plague of Nostalgia

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The Masterpiece That Could Have Been – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 3)

In my fully unadorned and bare honesty, I think the Wheel of Time is not a bad series. It’s mediocre only because it didn’t fulfill its own destiny—arguably the gifted kid who partially succeeded in awe-ing his audience without ever fully exploring his full potential Continue reading The Masterpiece That Could Have Been – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 3)

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Not Sure if Middle-Earth on a Budget or Top Ramen of Oriental Fantasy – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 2)

Certainly, there are many things about the world of the Westlands/Seanchan/Wastes that captured me and I find charming, primarily the way that Robert Jordan made a sincere attempt to blend the Oriental and Western European fantasy elements together, noticeably the way men and women interact. I felt as though the Yin & Yang/Male & Female magic dichotomy from the various character’s perspectives, down to the distinct symbology and caste systems to be something quite unlike modern fantasy Continue reading Not Sure if Middle-Earth on a Budget or Top Ramen of Oriental Fantasy – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 2)

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God Complex & Anti-Stoicism, An Analysis of Rand al’Thor – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 1)

Rand al’Thor. Love him? Hate him? Want to f*ck him and join the club of crazy cult of psychotic, werewolf-levels-of-hormonal-disfunctional sister-wives? Whatever way you take your Rand-pie, hop on in and join in the madness that’s this review. Continue reading God Complex & Anti-Stoicism, An Analysis of Rand al’Thor – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 1)

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S for Sharp, Suave, & Sword-y – Book Review: Swords & Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser)

Meet Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, a barbarian/warrior and a magician’s sly apprentice, witty vagabonds, thieves-for-hire, adventurers by spirit, in a buddy-cop style fantasy yarn that put Men In Black to shame. Continue reading S for Sharp, Suave, & Sword-y – Book Review: Swords & Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser)

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Barbarism & Freedom – Book Review: The Coming of The Cimmerian (Conan)

Conan isn’t just fantastical escapism, the stories urge the reader more than to consider what life was like for the Cimmerian. Howard predicted the conclusion we would reach ourselves and conveyed it in this masterpiece of fantasy: mankind is always on the brink of barbarism or civilization. Continue reading Barbarism & Freedom – Book Review: The Coming of The Cimmerian (Conan)