In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)

The son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien’s estate, Christopher Tolkien, has passed away at the age of 95. I and millions of other readers owe him an inestimable debt for his life work. Without him, nothing of The Silmarillion or the other posthumous works of Tolkien would have been published, stories which have madeContinue reading “In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)”

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Roger Ebert, respected film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and arguably the most popular and influential man in the history of his profession, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was also the greatest blogger the Internet has yet seen. Since this blog would be very different if I had never read him, it seemsContinue reading “In Memoriam: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)”

In Memoriam: Brian Jacques (June 15, 1939 – February 5, 2011)

  I’m saddened to receive news of the passing of Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series (21 novels and counting!), the Flying Dutchman trilogy, and the Urso Brunov children’s books. His books, particularly the early Redwall ones, Mossflower especially, were some of the earliest fantasy I read and had a major impact on myContinue reading “In Memoriam: Brian Jacques (June 15, 1939 – February 5, 2011)”