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I am Fantasy, or at least as much as a person can be. Imagine somebody who, until the 4th grade, disliked and once upon a time hated reading, until his Dad practically compelled him to read The Hobbit and then, a few years later, The Lord of the Rings. It was the first big, adult, and truly intelligent book I had read and the impact it had upon me could not have been greater. Simply put, I jumped into the genre with both feet, reading Fantasy series after Fantasy series – constantly and without ever switching genres or getting bored. The Bookshelf section of this blog lists all the Fantasies I have read to date.
My morality, manner of speech, style of writing, and building blocks of thought may all be traced to Middle-earth (and other subsequent worlds I have visited, but Tolkien had and has the greater influence over me). And before somebody asks, yes, I was part of the Harry Potter generation – growing up as the books came out. Part and not a part, for I actually did not read Harry Potter until after the last book came out. As such, I am a child of Fantasy at large, my love for the genre balanced by my passion for history and mythology & folklore. What authority I claim regarding the genre is thus based upon over a decade of unremitting reading (and High Fantasy gaming).
Upon joining the Pottermore (officially created and sponsored by J.K. Rowling) website, I was sorted into Ravenclaw House at Hogwarts and the Horned Serpent at the North American school of Ilvermorny. My wand is Pine wood with a Phoenix feather core 10 ¾" and Supple flexibility, and my Patronus is a dolphin.
Anyway, I have begun this blog because so many of my friends have said that I should (or would be good at such) that I can ignore them no longer; their statements derived from my Facebook posts regarding my reading and the genre at large. I cannot promise that this blog will be any more edifying that my Facebook posts, and it certainly will not be a bunch of standard Fantasy book reviews. Think of this thus as a public diary of sorts – a record of my subsequent and continued journey through the Realm of the Fantastic.
I invite you all to travel with me on that journey. I invite you all to share the magic and mystery of parts unknown and the human heart. I invite you all to dive into wondrous lands and explore the Multiverse and Faerie with me. Just remember to come with all the wonder and curiosity of a child, for experience has taught me that children are the best riddle-solvers.
Feel free to comment and debate here, but please try to mind your tongues as, being a Child of the High Fantasy, I loathe swearwords with every fiber of my being. And when I say debate, I mean the civil kind where all respects each others opinions.
Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.
 A slight exaggeration. I did read the Sorcerer's Stone and loved it, but was put off from reading further after the Chamber of Secrets movie scared me half to death twice over.