Author Archives: Urania

Kevin Hearne – A Real Find
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Like many other people, I was getting tired of the run-of-the-mill vampire/werewolf books that seemed to be taking over the fantasy field. Then, based on review by Charles de Lint in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, I decided to try … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 7
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In part 6, we looked at some of those works published in the fantasy boom of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The popularity of fantasy literature exploded in the second part of the 20th century. Because of this, we won’t … Continue reading

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Rosemary Sutcliff–Reteller of Tales
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Rosemary Sutcliff is a well-known writer of new versions of old tales for children and young adults. She has worked with many of the traditional stories from England and Ireland, including Beowulf, Tristan and Iseult, the Grail Legend, and Finn … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 6
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In part 5, we looked at the fantasy of the 20th century until the beginning of World War II. Not much noteworthy fantasy was published during the war, but some great works appeared shortly thereafter. In this part, we’ll look … Continue reading

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Stirling’s Change
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The Change series by S. M. Stirling is a great example of a series that holds your interest through compelling characters and situations. The series is based on the premise that a disaster strikes the Earth in the form of … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 5
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In part 4, we looked at the fantasy of the nineteenth century. This section of the short history of fantasy covers the period from the beginnings of the 20th century until the beginning of World War II. In the 20th … Continue reading

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The (Extremely Long) Song of Ice and Fire
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In 1996, I bought and read A Game of Thrones, the first book of the saga by George R. R. Martin, The Song of Ice and Fire. It was interesting and had some new ideas and different characters. The center … Continue reading

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Two Fun Fantasies
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Diana Wynne Jones wrote the delightful Howl’s Moving Castle in 1986. In 2008, she published the equally charming sequel, House of Many Ways. I picked up the second book first, but on learning that it had a predecessor, I decided … Continue reading

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Unfinished Books (first in a series)
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I used to finish every book once I started it whether I liked it or not. Then, I realized what a waste of time that was when there were so many other books out there waiting to be read. Now … Continue reading

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Norby–The Mixed-up Robot
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Janet Asimov (with assistance from her husband, Isaac) wrote a set of delightful novellas about a silly (but loveable and useful) robot named Norby and his human friend and companion, Jeff, a cadet in The Space Academy. They’re perfect for … Continue reading

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