About Me

What a snappy dresser I am!

Welcome to The Warden’s Walk. You can call me David.

I’m a Christian reader, writer, teacher, scholar and amateur sometimes-pianist.

I do all this in California, where the kids frequently say things weirder than the wildest stories I’ve read. I love fantasy and medieval-inspired tales especially, but am up for a grand adventure and the numinous experience wherever, or whenever, it takes me.

You can find me on Goodreads here, and also as AmbrosiusAurelianus if you listen to Dr. Corey Olsen’s long-running seminar Exploring the Lord of the Rings. Dr. Olsen’s seminar runs every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time, and can be viewed on Twitch and discussed concurrently on Discord, or at the official forum.

Books are my main focus, but in between them I will review short stories, movies, TV Shows, and webcomics.

You may find that the Categories list on the right-hand side is the best way to search through my posts at a glance. These are the four major categories that I post into; the only category not listed is the Updates, where I simply say which posts I am working on, and which stories I plan to review in the near future.

In my Reviews, I intend to:

  1. Share the best stories I can find, which you may not have come across yourself.
  2. Give you enough info that you can decide if you want to read or view the story reviewed.
  3. Examine the quality of the writing style, the narrative, the characters, and the themes…
    1. …from a technical standpoint.
    2. …from an ethical or spiritual standpoint.
  4. Tell you my opinion of the story…
    1. …on a purely gut-feeling level. (Was it fun? Inspiring? Just plain cool?)
    2. …on a more objective, academic level.

In Features, my goals are to use the writings of other authors to:

  1. Explore the craft of writing; its joys, difficulties, and purpose.
  2. Explore the joy and meaning of Fantasy.
    1. Here I am especially influenced by the essays of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

In the Poetry category, I showcase a poem that I like that has a notable fantasy element. Usually I will add a few comments of my own about it.

In the Author Pantheon, I write about one of my favorite authors and try to explain what is so great about them.

In between these I also share other things of interest, such as short films, reposts of interesting articles from other blogs, bizarrely fascinating spam comments, and the occasional report on a trip to a book sale where I can talk about my finds and share recommendations with readers such as yourself.

Please comment! I started this blog to create a valuable resource, but also to engage in discussions with others who have similar interests. I usually reply to comments, and endeavor to do so in a timely manner.

God bless, and good reading to you!


  1. Melpomene says:

    I love your header photo, by the way. It brings back good memories. How I loved that little side street!

    1. David says:

      I know! Who didn’t love Butts Wynd? (and explaining the correct pronunciation to new folk!) I hope I can get back there soon.

  2. manoahswife says:

    Having just discovered your blog, I am quite fascinated by what I have seen so far. Looking forward to continuing the discovery process. Looks like there is quite a bit to keep me reading for awhile!

    1. David says:

      Thanks for your visit! Make yourself comfortable around here, please. I look forward to exploring your own blog some more, too.

      1. manoahswife says:

        Thought that you might like to know that I included you in my list:


    1. David says:

      Aw, thanks! Maybe that means I should hand out some more awards myself.

  3. You need to be on Twitter, if you are not already.

    1. David says:

      Why? Is there something important about literature, film, faith, and philosophy I could say so much better in tweeting that I cannot say with complete sentences? It’s not like people can get to know me better in 140 characters than they can by reading my thoughts fully expressed here. Since I’m not trying to advertise, I see no reason to be on Twitter.

      Thanks for the visit, though. You seem to have an interest in literature, art, and faith, going by your blog. Feel absolutely welcome to add your thoughts to any of the issues I bring up in my posts.

  4. Krysta says:


    Over at Pages Unbound, Briana and I are hosting a Tolkien Reading Event the week of March 25, which is the Tolkien Society’s Tolkien Reading Day. We were wondering if you would like to contribute to the event with a guest post on a work by or about Tolkien, or even about another aspect of his works. For example, we have someone who wants to talk about translating his works to film, and another blogger expressed interest in talking about linguistics. If you would like to participate, we are asking for all the posts by March 17 so we have time to schedule them. Also, at the end we’ll post links to any previous posts you’ve made about Tolkien, if you’d like. Our e-mail is pagesunboundblog@live.com if you prefer to communicate that way.

    Thank you so much for your time! Briana and I both love reading your blog. I’ve even started reading The Eagle of the Ninth because you speak so highly of Sutcliff!


    1. David says:

      Hi Krysta,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m super excited that you’re reading The Eagle of the Ninth! Be sure to tell us on your blog what you think of it.

      I’d love to participate in the Tolkien Reading Event. Sounds like a great idea. I’ll send you an email in which we can discuss ideas.


  5. I just discovered your site, and am quite excited to find that you enjoy several of my favorite authors — Lewis, Tolkien, Sutcliff, Chesterton, etc. I look forward to following your writings.

    1. David says:

      Thanks, Bryana, I’m glad you dropped by. Feel welcome to add your thoughts to any of my posts, new or old, that you like.

  6. jubilare says:

    Hello, Laddiebuck! I just had to un-follow and then re-follow you because, for some unknown reason, your posts stopped showing up on my reader. Just fyi. Is Fall making itself known in your neck of the woods?

    1. David says:

      Hm, WordPress needs to take better care of you! I’ve no idea why it does that — after all, I’m still getting your updates (had to go check to be sure, though).

      Fall tepidly has its toe in the door here, as Summer angrily tries to push the door closed. It’s cooled down, finally, and the leaves have started taking leaps of faith to the ground, one by one, but not in droves. It’s pleasant out. What about your area?

      1. jubilare says:

        I think it disproves of me for some reason. It doesn’t like my MAC for some reason, so maybe it is something to do with that? Or maybe it doesn’t like the way I do my hair.

        Yay for pleasant! The temperature is becoming Fall-like here, and it starts to smell autumnal, but none of the trees have started turning in the lowlands. In the highlands, of course, we are already getting color. I have spiders galore making webs on my deck (which I love), and even a big Charlotte-like orb weaver!

  7. Amyclae says:

    Hey! I’m Amyclae. I don’t have much to say other than hello and I’ll try to post a comment anytime something interesting comes up.

  8. G K Werner says:

    Discovered your site today while googling Rosemary Sutcliff’s Robin Hood book. Have you noticed the similarities between hers and Henry Gilbert’s version? Love both those authors. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. David says:

      Hi GK, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately I’m unfamiliar with Henry Gilbert and haven’t read Sutcliff’s “Robin Hood” yet — last year I did order it online, but accidentally selected the German translation! Sadly monolingual myself, I made do with sending it as a birthday present to a friend of mine who is proficient in German. But by all means, if you’re a fan of this Gilbert, do tell me more. My list of books and authors to check out is long, but I always like adding to it.

      I hope you enjoy the posts you read here. I haven’t been active in awhile, although I do keep an eye on the blog and hope to return in some fashion. There’s a good group that comments here, whenever I do get around to posting. I’d love to know your thoughts on some of the other Sutcliff books I’ve reviewed!

      1. G. K. Werner says:

        I had the same problem finding a non-German edition of Sutcliff’s Robin Hood. I read the “Look Inside” pages Amazon offers. That’s how I know how similar it is to Gilbert’s Robin Hood. Would really love to read the rest.

        Here is the Henry GIlbert version: http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Hood-Illustrated-Henry-Gilbert-ebook/dp/B00IBNHU0G/ref=sr_1_37?ie=UTF8&qid=1416962305&sr=8-37&keywords=kindle+robin+hood

        I also have a couple of Robin Hood books out:

        The Shield Ring was the first Sutcliff book I read in my teens. Many since. Hooked.

        Enjoying your blog’s posts concerning very similar taste to my own in literature.

  9. Lena says:

    Hi! I liked your reviews on Taliesin and Merlin by Lawhead. Did you continue on to read Arthur and any of the others? I was eager to read your review on them.

    1. David says:

      Hi Lena! Thanks so much for commenting. Alas, I have not read any of the others yet. Tragic, I know. I’ve been very busy reading and working and sometimes even writing, but haven’t managed to blog much or continue certain series. I do hope to return and finish that one, though, and some of Lawhead’s other books. I’m afraid I can’t promise reviews, as I simply don’t know if I’ll be able to return to regular blogging at all. But I do appreciate you stopping by. If I do review Lawhead’s other books, it’ll either go up here, or I’ll post about where it can be found.

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