My Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Some of you who've been following this site for a long time may know that one of my first articles was on a rather strange debate: Did J.K. Rowling steal ideas for Harry Potter from Neil Gaiman? This was about 10 years after the debate had been settled, but I hope I did a decent …

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T.H. White: The things I left out

Recently the ever-generous Brenton Dickieson published my essay about T.H. White on his blog, A Pilgrim in Narnia. In many ways, it was me considering ideas that Dickieson brought up in an insightful Tolkien vs. Lewis scholarship series, and expand some ideas I presented at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis Center back in 2017. Someone recently …

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Graphic showing a satirical book blurb for 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. "The monkeys are getting restless. Some say the aliens are responsible." Text copyright 2020 by Gabriel Connor Salter.

The Bad Book Blurb Contest: Worst Descriptions of Classic Spec Fic Books

This week, I'm going to do something a bit different from my usual blog post routine, and do something humorous. Why? Partly because we're all in a tough time right now and we could always use a few more laughs. Also because this humorous thing connects to topics I've discussed frequently in my regular posts: …

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Maurice Sendak and other Children’s Authors

Sometimes the best children's authors are the ones who trust kids enough to include some scary elements in their stories. In a recent article for the Odyssey, I talk about 6 authors, from Maurice Sendak to Roald Dahl, who wrote popular but dark children's stories. You can read the article here:  https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-authors-who-wrote-dark-childrens-stories

How Important is Lord of the Rings?

  Is The Lord of the Rings really that classic? Today, when over fifty years have passed since The Lord of the Rings came out, it's a valid question. After all, some fantasy authors have disregarded J.R.R. Tolkien as over-hyped and many are trying to write works that go in opposite directions from what Tolkien did in his stories. …

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My Latest Short Story: “The Best in the Business”

Sometimes, I write fiction. Recently, I submitted a 300-word short story to a contest by Booknest.eu which has an interesting feature: every story that gets submitted gets posted for 1 month until the contest ends. So, even if you don't win the contest, you get exposure as a writer. I highly recommend submitting to this contest. …

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Of Witchcraft and Wizardry

It’s really hard to write about magic without talking about the supernatural. Yes, Arthur C. Clarke argued that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” but there really is a distinct difference between the two. Tech is science, and because science is all about what we can observe and objective facts, we can look …

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