Tagged fantasy

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Is Full of Wandering Whimsy

Eli Roth has made a children’s horror fantasy movie. Eli Roth? The same guy who just this year had Bruce Willis bloodily gunning down gangsters in Death Wish? With a director whose record also includes such gory horror affairs as Hostel and The Green Inferno, one might be cautious of him taking on a film with a PG rating. But fear not, parents: Roth has kept his violent desires in check for this Goosebumps-style picture fit for Halloween. In...

Lost Gods Is the Captivating Story of an Assassin’s Mythic Quest

This summer I discovered the publisher Angry Robot, which has a variety of science-fiction and fantasy books listed in its online catalog that piqued my interest. Lost Gods was one of the books that I felt compelled to read. This novel by Micah Yongo tells the story of the young warrior Neythan and the men that he grew up with. They have all been trained to join the Shediam, a brotherhood of assassins, but just when they are finally ready...

Children of Blood and Bone Succeeds as a Fantasy Novel and a Call to Action

Children of Blood and Bone follows the tradition of using fantasy as a way to bring light to pressing social issues in our culture. It is an adventure story in which a woman is discovering her magical abilities and the people in her community are looking to her for leadership to rise against the oppressive monarchy. In the world of the book, magic comes from a mystical connection to ancestors, and incantations are used as a way to connect...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? This Anime Won’t Answer the Question, But It Will Take You on an Adventure

The latest of my anime adventures has been a short fantasy anime with a really long name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? With just 13 episodes in the first season, it’s been a very digestible series to watch, and I was very glad to hear that it’ll be coming back for a second season and a film—there’s a lot more of this story to be told! Though the title of this series...

In Dog Men, Harry Dresden Battles Ghouls and PTSD

Harry Dresden is having nightmares. In his dreams, all the people he cares about are shredded by the forces of evil and he is powerless to stop it. When he wakes, his apartment is dirty, his refrigerator empty. Even his giant Foo Dog, Mouse, is concerned about his master and follows him around, trying to get him to eat. But Harry has seen too much violence and loss lately, and his determination to protect the innocent is turning into...

Minicon Proves There’s Life after Bloomington

Minicon 53, which was held March 30 through April 1, 2018, was especially notable in two ways. First, it was the 50th anniversary of the first convention (there were two in 1971 and two in 1974, which is why we’re on convention 53). And second, it saw the convention leave the DoubleTree Bloomington, otherwise known as the Radishtree for its past as a Radisson and a Sheraton, for the DoubleTree Park Place in St. Louis Park. The guests of...

Minnesota Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill Writes Captivating Stories for Adults

Could a writer who once put me in a magical trance with a children’s book deliver an equally stunning book for adults? This question was on my mind when I picked up Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill’s new book, Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, which is a collection of short stories for an adult audience. I loved Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon, a children’s fantasy that won a Newbery Medal. So, I picked up Dreadful Young Ladies...

The Dream of the Butterfly Is a Ghibli-esque Adventure Tale

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately...

The Shape of Water Is Bizarrely Beautiful and Sweetly Surreal

Only Guillermo del Toro could conceive a creature feature so artistic, violent, romantic, and weird. Even for a director as accomplished with tales of monsters and magic, this is by far his strangest picture for a story so bold with direction so odd. If monster movies seem too docile in the age of the melodramatic Twilight and the milquetoast adventure of The Mummy, del Toro proves that you can have harsh horror elements alongside an erotic factor and still...
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