Book Talk: A Conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay

Banner - US Cover Children of Earth and Sky

Set in a parallel Renaissance world, two major religions, the Jaddites who worship the sun, and the Asharites who worship the stars, struggle amidst the backdrop of court politics, murder, espionage, faith and family.

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

Book: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

The World’s Worst Fantasy Film: In the Name of the King

In the Name of the King movie poster. (Wikipedia)

What do you get when you mix Burt Reynolds, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and Ron Perlman in a movie together? You get a horrible movie. Those worlds are never meant to collide, and never in a fantasy movie.

Sir Gawain Gets an 80s Reboot: The Sword of the Valiant Movie Review

Oh that hair! Miles O'Keefe rocking a He-Man, metal band hair do, in the 1984 reboot of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in, 'The Sword of the Valiant'

This week, we have the retelling of the epic Arthurian romance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in this 1984 fantasy reboot.

A Forgettable Fantasy Film: The Four Warriors

The Four Warriors movie poster

Another weekend, another medieval movie! This week, I review “The Four Warriors”.

Lacklustre “Last Knights” - Movie Review

Morgan Freeman as Lord Bartok, and Clive Owen as his loyal retainer and knight, Commander Raiden in, "Last Knights".

My review of this disappointing venture featuring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

So Bad, it’s Good: Movie Review – The Magic Sword

The Magic Sword's hunky hero George (Gary Lockwood) and Princess Helene (Ann Helm)

So bad, it’s good. If you’re looking for a medieval movie to watch and a laugh, The Magic Sword might be for you!

Genre Medievalisms: Geek Goes Chic!

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO's, 'Game of Thrones'. Photo courtesy of (TV Guide)

Is Cersei a collection of bad medieval stereotypes? Have nerds gone mainstream? Were American cowboys a modern retelling of the medieval knight? Put down that comic, put away your bag of dice, and indulge your inner nerd.

MOVIE REVIEW – Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God

Left to Right: Lux, Nim, Ormaline, Dorian and Berek.

Your Saturday night Medieval Movie – this time, I review Dungeons & Dragons: The Wrath of the Dragon God.

The American Dark Ages and the Terrorist Witch in Season of the Witch


In this article we argue that medieval films are not to be analyzed according to their faithfulness to the known historical sources, but that they can only be fully analyzed by understanding medievalist codes, traditions and (filmic) intertextuality.

Medievalism as fun and games

Rune Viking Warlord

Medievalism hides in many guises in contemporary culture, of which four will be examined here.

Fantasy Books for Christmas!

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

For those of you who want something a little more magical under the tree this Christmas – here are a few new 2013 fantasy releases!

Androgynes, Crossdressers, and Rebel Queens: Modern Representations of Medieval Women Warriors from Tolkien to Martin

Brienne of Tarth

This was another stellar paper given at the Tales after Tolkien session. It was an intriguing look at the women of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and how each author portrays the mother and warrior characters of Galadriel/Cersi/Daenerys and Eowyn/Arya/Brienne. The paper examined the differences and problems posed by the portrayal of women in theses fantasy novels.

The Meaning of the Middle Ages: Fans, Authors, and Industry

Obsidian and Blood - Aliette De Bodard - Aztec fantasy

This was a very enjoyable paper given on the topic of medievalism and the predominance of a European perspective in almost all fantasy literature. Young examined three authors who were moving away from the traditional telling of fantasy by subverting the typical pseudo-medieval narrative or by moving away from European cultures towards embracing Eastern, Aztec and other non-European worlds.

Game of Thrones – Review of Season 3, Episode 1: Valar Dohaeris

Game of thrones review

After what seemed like an eternity, we’re back with an exciting third season of Game of Thrones. Another season of plotting, scheming, sex, violence and dragons!

“What do we do? Hop on a bus to medieval times?”:Medievalisms of Robin of Sherwood and Charmed


Three different medievalist narrative styles have been identified for the purposes of this volume, Medieval in Motion: modernist medievalism, post-modernist medievalism and neo-medievalism.

INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

Language and Legend in the Fantasy Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Tengwar Sindarin font

There was something so real in the languages that he created, and critics wanted to find the inspirations behind Tolkien‘s worlds. Elves, dwarves, men, hobbits, and various other creatures occupied the pages of his books, but the languages he created were complex and had real elements in them. Examples of his invented languages were those spoken by the Elves, Sindarin and Quenya.

Hot Holiday Reads!

BOOKS: A Feast of Ice and Fire The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

Put down those turkey left-overs and check out some of these hot holiday reads!

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