“J. R. R. Tolkien, the near-universally-hailed father of modern epic fantasy, crafted his magnum opus The Lord of the Rings to explore the forces of creation as he saw them: God and country, race and class, journeying to war and returning home. I’ve heard it said that he was trying to create some kind of original British mythology using the structure of other cultures’ myths, and maybe that was true. I don’t know. What I see, when I read his work, is a man trying desperately to dream.
Dreaming is impossible without myths. If we don’t have enough myths of our own, we’ll latch onto those of others — even if those myths make us believe terrible or false things about ourselves. Tolkien understood this, I think because it’s human nature. Call it the superego, call it common sense, call it pragmatism, call it learned helplessness, but the mind craves boundaries. Depending on the myths we believe in, those boundaries can be magnificently vast, or crushingly tight.”
“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”
The Eye of the World
“fear is much like love. It can consume you if you are not cautious. But if you use it, rather than allowing it to use you, it can give you strength when you need it the most.”
Brian D. Anderson,
The Reborn King
“And once upon a time I wondered: Is writing epic fantasy not somehow a betrayal? Did I not somehow do a disservice to my own reality by paying so much attention to the power fantasies of disenchanted white men?
But. Epic fantasy is not merely what Tolkien made it.
This genre is rooted in the epic — and the truth is that there are plenty of epics out there which feature people like me. Sundiata’s badass mother. Dihya, warrior queen of the Amazighs. The Rain Queens. The Mino Warriors. Hatshepsut’s reign. Everything Harriet Tubman ever did. And more, so much more, just within the African components of my heritage. I haven’t even begun to explore the non-African stuff. So given all these myths, all these examinations of the possible… how can I not imagine more? How can I not envision an epic set somewhere other than medieval England, about someone other than an awkward white boy? How can I not use every building-block of my history and heritage and imagination when I make shit up?
And how dare I disrespect that history, profane all my ancestors’ suffering and struggles, by giving up the freedom to imagine that they’ve won for me.”
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Welcome to Indian Bookworms. This is a place where all our fellow Indians can come together and eat all kinds of genre; from General Fiction to CrimeWelcome to Indian Bookworms. This is a place where all our fellow Indians can come together and eat all kinds of genre; from General Fiction to Crime fiction, from Literature to Classics and simultaneously discuss them. There is only one rule and that is to respect the feelings of your fellow readers.
One Piece: The Group for One Piece Lovers!!
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This is a group for all One Piece Lovers and Fans!! We shall discuss all about One Piece and its gonna be so much fun!! Long live One Piece!!
♥ Nothing Better Than Reading!! ♥
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We strongly believe that life means happiness and happiness means books. And what's more, we have room for everyone here! Slow reader, quick reader,
We strongly believe that life means happiness and happiness means books. And what's more, we have room for everyone here! Slow reader, quick reader, young reader or old, you are more than welcome:)
Join us if you love a good book, love to step out of your comfort zone once in a while, love reading challenges, reading with buddies, putting your points forward and random chat discussions!
Immortals After Dark
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This group is in honor of Kresley Cole's fantastic paranormal romance series, Immortals After Dark. We will discuss and celebrate these books and otheThis group is in honor of Kresley Cole's fantastic paranormal romance series, Immortals After Dark. We will discuss and celebrate these books and other works by Kresley Cole. Feel welcome if you're a fan!
SOS: Serious Overload of Series
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SOS: Serious Overload of Series is the place to find and chat about your favorite Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy series. Share your favorites and
SOS: Serious Overload of Series
is the place to find and chat about your favorite Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy series. Share your favorites and find new ones!
Addicted to fantasy series? Here your series addiction will be celebrated!
Love challenges? We host monthly, quarterly and yearly challenges as well as team challenges such as Bookshelf Bingo. We spotlight and discuss one book a month and one series a year.
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