Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Just started The Golden Shrine

Just started The Golden Shrine, book #3 of The Opening of the World series by Harry Turtledove.

It is all or nothing now. The Raumsdalian Empire and the Bizogots depend upon a technically renegade Count, his friends, and their ability to find what has for countless millennia been naught but a legend.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Just finished The Breath of God

Just finished The Breath of God, book #2 of The Opening of the World series by Harry Turtledove.

Who would have thought that cannibal shamans could take down mammoth-riders? Who would have thought this series would have more wisecracks per page than any I have yet read? Not me, which just proves Ulric Skakki right in that the world is full of surprises.
 
Now there is just the matter of the elusive and mythical Golden Shrine...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Book of Dust

AT LAST!! AT LONG LAST!!! The Book of Dust. This has taken FOREVER to come out!! We did not even know it was to be a series. All the time we thought it was but a single book. And now THIS!
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As far as I am concerned, an "equal" essentially means a companion series to the His Dark Materials trilogy. Oh to see Lyra and Pantalaimon again...


AT LAST!!!! My life is complete.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Irony

Irony is such a fun theme/emotion to write and read about! It at once allows for the deepest of sorrows and the most beautiful sardonic wit. Hence it is a most satisfactory vehicle for blending tragedy with humor in both plotlines and characters.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Just started The Breath of God

Just started The Breath of God, book #2 of The Opening of the World series by Harry Turtledove.

As I said before, a cavalry force of woolly mammoth riders with lances is a new one on me; hence I look forward to seeing how Hamnet & Co. along with the rest of the Bizogot clans fight them.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Beyond the Gap

Just finished Beyond the Gap, book #1 of The Opening of the World series by Harry Turtledove.

No Golden Shrine, but a deadly danger. Now the question is whether the the mammoth-herding Bizogot clans can unite and fight the coming onslaught. 
Much have I seen in my Fantasy reading, from dragon riders to talking griffins to benevolent necromancers. But woolly mammoth riders with lances is a new one on me.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oath of the Gatewatch

Like so many, I like to combine official art to make fan art. So, insofar as the justly and globally popular card game Magic: the Gathering is concerned, my loyalty to the Gatewatch is signified by the piece below. 
(All official art and words, of course, just put to together so as to maximize the effect).


A toast to the planeswalkers Gideon Jura, Nissa Revane, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess (the hopefully trustworthy necromancer), and Ajani Goldmane.