Cave of Mind

Nota bene: I am currently abroad in London, so while I’m here, I will be writing what is likely to become a series of posts that combine the experiential, the factual, and the fictional. There is a magic to traveling abroad, and my mind likes to make full-use of that magic. Please enjoy these quasi-fictional ramblings, as […]


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Fear the Darkling

“Fine, make me your villain.” (Shadow and Bone, 341) Alright, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make: I don’t exactly hate the bad boy trope. I’m as guilty as the next person of finding the bad boy in literature interesting and, even at times, a wee bit irresistible. He could be a protagonist, […]

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In the Shadow of ‘The Ring’

Unpopular opinion alert: I’m not the biggest fan of Tolkien — specifically, of The Lord of the Rings. I know this is essentially heresy to admit to the teeming hordes of guys and gals who, like me, adore the fantasy genre. But, alas, ’tis true that I am not on the side of Mr. J.R.R. […]

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The Curse of Knowledge

Originally posted on on January 30th, 2016 A COMPANION TO TBT EPISODE 05 In our most recent episode of The Book Table (TBT), we discussed Stormdancer, the first novel in the Lotus War trilogy by Australian writer, Jay Kristoff. Marketed as a Japanese-inspired steampunk series featuring what Patrick Rothfuss called “a strong female protagonist” in his […]

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