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Month: September 2010

The Silmarillion Model

Master J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings series and putative father of modern fantasy, created and populated his world with a rich tapestry that, aside from striking the reader with its majesty, also felt alive. The Lord of the Rings, as a series and as a world, is the result of a lifetime’s work. The Silmarillion, as we know it today, is a reflection of Tolkien’s work, outside of the trilogy and The Hobbit, to create a world that had its own myths and legends. These myths… Read more The Silmarillion Model

Joe Abercrombie’s world in The Blade Itself

I’m almost done with Book One of the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie, it’s a very enjoyable, quick read. The prose is effective, polished and direct; he emphasizes elements in his description sparingly. He only does so when he needs them to set the atmosphere and accomplish the effect he’s after. The characters are consistent, believable, and thoroughly human. Mr. Abercrombie reveals of each of them, again, just enough to sculpt them as perfectly as he needs to. Both of these characteristics serve him well, as that brevity is… Read more Joe Abercrombie’s world in The Blade Itself

How monsters are made.

This is a document I’ll be continuously updating as I put down my own theories on the matter. Every time I do so, it’ll keep on popping up here to the top of the pile. Things I still have to cover: The medieval creation of symbolic creatures and the implications therein regarding reality. The shift in perspective with the dawning of the age of reason and insanity. Modern monsters in some further fashion.

The Promethean Cycle

I’ve attached a small script (three scenes) to this post. This is an adaptation of a concept I initially explored in a short story I wrote in Spanish. It’s a somewhat hard sci-fi story I’m still developing, exploring a number of concepts through it. It’s one of my more intellectual endeavors, as I’m chasing down a couple of abstract white whales here, such as religion, fate, human nature, and so forth. In any case, here’s the link.