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:
- Share the best stories I can find, which you may not have come across yourself.
- Give you enough info that you can decide if you want to read or view the story reviewed.
- Examine the quality of the writing style, the narrative, the characters, and the themes…
- …from a technical standpoint.
- …from an ethical or spiritual standpoint.
- Tell you my opinion of the story…
- …on a purely gut-feeling level. (Was it fun? Inspiring? Just plain cool?)
- …on a more objective, academic level.
In Features, my goals are to use the writings of other authors to:
- Explore the craft of writing; its joys, difficulties, and purpose.
- Explore the joy and meaning of Fantasy.
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!