Heroes of Old: Alexander the Great

You may recall how I thought one of the more exciting parts of The Habitation of the Blessed—Catherynne Valente’s reworking of the legends of Prester John’s magical kingdom deep in central Asia—was how she worked in a legend regarding Alexander the Great building a massive wall to imprison the evil giants Gog and Magog. AsContinue reading “Heroes of Old: Alexander the Great”

Heroes of Old: The Cid

The literature of ages past has given us many iconic heroes, whose feats and fame have defined for us what it means for a human to be extraordinary. Some were historical, some purely imaginative, and still others combined qualities of both. Hercules, Beowulf, Arthur, Cú Chulainn, Arrow-Odd – all of them admired for possessing certainContinue reading “Heroes of Old: The Cid”

Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar

[N.B. A review copy of this book was sent to me by its author. In no way has this influenced the opinions I express here. You can find Tyler Tichelaar’s blog at CHILDREN OF ARTHUR.] Title: King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition Author: Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. Pages: 179 Publisher: Modern HistoryContinue reading “Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar”

Book Meme Day 10: Favorite Classic Book

Well that’s just not fair. First I had to define “best,” and now I have to define “classic?” You ask the impossible! Scholars and educators have debated this question for ages, with only a vague consensus on what is called the Western Canon. Wikipedia declares “A classic book is a book accepted as being exemplaryContinue reading “Book Meme Day 10: Favorite Classic Book”