Posts Tagged ‘books’

Quick Review: The Aleppo Codex

If you liked The Da Vinci Code or The Historian or The Name of the Rose, you might enjoy The Aleppo Codex. The difference is that it is a factual story, and its context is modern Syria and Israel, not medieval Europe. From the dust jacket: “It’s a tale that involves grizzled secret agents, pious clergymen, […]

Is ‘Urban Fantasy’ the new ‘Chick Lit’?

Clad in furs, Princess Tamara of the Realm of Snark rides in off the steppes, followed by her horde of sword-swinging commenters. They come to plunder the genre-fiction shelves. And to denounce the “pussification of vampires.”

Why Secondhand Bookstores Are Addicting

Science can explain. It’s all chemicals!

Ronald Hutton Responds to His Critics

Even before his interview with Australian scholar/blogger Caroline Tully, Ronald Hutton had written a lengthy article for The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies titled “Writing the History of Witchcraft: A Personal View.” It is now available as a free download from Equinox Publishing. In it, Professor Hutton discusses the trajectory of his own […]

You Can Tell if I’m Dressed like a Book Cover

At Academichic, grad students and others pick outfits based on book covers and/or dust jackets. You decide if the concept worked or was too … conceptual.

Vampires of Santa Fe

A week ago I walked through a snow squall on Cathedral Place in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and thought, “Santa Fe needs a vampire novel.” I had in mind something like Anne Rice meets Jake Page meets Michael McGarrity. It turns out that a Santa Fe-based writer, S.M. Stirling, has in fact […]

Harry Potter Fans not all that into Magic, Witchcraft

Glancing back at Oberon Zell’s sporadic blog, I see mention of the “Azkatraz” Harry Potter convention in San Francisco last July. (Scroll down to the “Escape from Azkatraz” subhead in Aug. 1, 2009 entry.) The Zells took a vendor space for their Mythic Images business of New Age, Pagan, and Goddess-oriented images, etc. But it […]

John Keel Has Died

Author and Fortean John Keel died Friday in New York. Not long after his signature book, The Mothman Prophecies was published, I saw on the Colorado Springs downtown library’s new-books shelf and passed it by–repeatedly–because the title sounded too weird. From the Cryptomundo obituary: After years of writing parts of the story in various articles […]

Priestess Honored by Cherry Hill Seminary

Judy Harrow, Wiccan priestess and teacher, has been honored by having Cherry Hill Seminary’s online library named for her. Don’t go looking for the libary yet–it is under construction. And it will be entirely digital, since Cherry Hill offers primarily online classes. CHS blurbs thusly: A Wiccan priestess since 1977, Harrow founded Proteus Coven in […]

The Mists of Avalon and Its Antithesis

I recently re-read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon for the first time in years, in order to cite it in a paper. Now I am reading its antithesis, Simon Young’s A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland. Based on the fiction of a geographer in Constantinople writing a […]