Tagged fantasy

Deep in the Shadows of the Dark Crystal: J. M. Lee on Writing New Canon for a Cult Favorite

The Dark Crystal, like many fan favorites and cult films, has a fairly rough history. Not appreciated all that much in the wake of Star Wars, the film was either too original or too derivative (depending on which critic you asked). Despite this, love for it has lived on in the people who did see the film in its original release or have discovered it on DVD or through revival screenings. However, over the last couple years, Penguin Random...

Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh Bring You Fantasy Set in Minnesota

In a lot of ways, Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh are living the fandom dream. They met on an old-school mailing list and struck up a friendship, then more than a friendship, based on a mutual love of role-playing and fanfiction. Eventually, this evolved into telling stories not just for themselves but also for the many people they meet at conventions around the world. Now, many novels later, they’ve released the second book in their Hunters series—Beneath the Chapter,...

Throwback Thursday: Dragonslayer is Not Your Typical Hero Quest

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Last week, I looked at 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Another fantasy film from the same year that tends to get lost in the shuffle is the Paramount and Walt Disneys coproduction Dragonslayer. It follows the tale of Ulrich, who could be the last sorcerer in the world, and his apprentice,...

LARPing with the Kids: An Interview with Interphaze’s Ben Millard

My recent discovery-turned-obsession with live action role playing (commonly referred to as LARP or LARPing) has taken me on a mission to find a local group that caters to the youth crowd. Out of all the really fascinating LARP groups in the Twin Cities, I haven’t come across any that allow participation by children. Some organizations allow non-combat participation for ages 16 and older but my son is 12 and wants to play. That particular mission is not yet completed...

From the Stands: DreamHaven Books Is Still Standing

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. One of my earliest memories of my “fandom” is going to DreamHaven on Lake Street and gazing longingly at their antique books, my breath fogging up the protective case they sat in. Amongst many first editions and leather-bound volumes of sci fi and horror, there was a section containing early editions of...

Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”

Catherine Lundoff is a force in genre writing and studies. Her work has found audiences at both a local and national level. She’s produced a series of articles on “deep reading” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) audiences and characters for SF Signal in addition to her own blogs and books. She’s certainly a force for expanding the vision of what genre writing is, so I took some time to talk to her about the past and...

Malware of the Future and More with Author Shale Nelson

I’ve been familiar with Minnesota author Shale Nelson’s writing for a few years now, so it was no surprise to me that a short story of his was honored by a major anthology, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. His writing spans prose, poetry, and various destinations in between, but no matter what the style or subject there is always a trickster element to his fiction. We took some time to talk about what is going on...

An Intense Read Perfect for Superhero and Comic-Book Enthusiasts

For some reason or another, I always discover geeky material a while after release. This has been the case for television hits such as Agents of SHIELD, and it was the case for the subject of this review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, the first novel in his The Reckoners series, published in 2013. My immediate reaction to finishing this book was squealing and babbling about how magnificent it was. Any point I had free time in my day, I pulled out...

Throwback Thursday: Stardust Falls out of the Sky and into My Top Feel-Good Films

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. There’s a lot of coming-of-age quest films in the world. However, there are a lot fewer all-ages fantasy versions of those films. Along the lines of The Princess Bride, which I’m going to assume most people reading this column can quote eminently, there might be a lesser-known film that you should check out. That...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Alice in Deadland

Welcome back to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Alice in Deadland, a trilogy by author Mainak Dhar, takes place after a virus has been released and humans turn into what are called Biters. They attack without reason, and anyone who feels their teeth will turn into one. Alice is a 15-year-old girl who has only known a life of Biters; her family survived nuclear attacks and now lives in the...
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