Best Books I Read in 2021

Greetings! While this may be coming a little late, I did want to touch on some of my favorite books of 2021 before taking this site into the new year. This was a huge year for me in terms of reading, and while several of my reviews have made it onto this blog, I thought... Continue Reading →

Unfinished Stories: Old Home

Note: While still a part of my public "Unfinished Stories" collection, Old Home is rather disconnected from the main overarching plot. At some point it will tie in, but likely not until the overarching story is better defined. Consider it an interlude, a snippet of a tale that takes place in a different location, at... Continue Reading →

Triple Book Review + New Short Story

Greetings! It's that time again—I've finished a selection of books, and I'm sharing my reviews of them on the Goblin Opinions blog. You can find more reviews, as well as a list of favorite readings, on my goodreads account. This past month, I finished several books, all by the wonderful author Brandon Sanderson. I've spoken... Continue Reading →

Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures

Worldbuilding—the act of creating a fictional setting, usually for fantasy—is something that has always fascinated me. The possibilities are endless: your world can vary from our own, it can have its own weather patterns, geographical features, species, and nations. Worldbuilding is a creative art, and it presents no limit. However, there are certain aspects of... Continue Reading →

Sensory Details in Writing

In writing anything fiction—a short story, a novel, what have you—it is important to keep in mind the significance of utilizing sensory details for the benefit of the reader. Even if your plot is centered around something far outside the realm of perception—and please enlighten me if this is your plan—you'll still want to try... Continue Reading →

Aragorn: A Study in Character

In my time as a general fan of fantasy literature, I have come to appreciate the character development and lessons of personal experience that can be portrayed within. When searching for examples of character work done well, especially in the foundational days of the genre, it is easy to point to The Lord of the... Continue Reading →

Allegory in Fantasy: A Discussion

Chances are, you are familiar with the idea of a parable: a simple tale used to demonstrate a spiritual or moral lesson not expressly mentioned in the story. This is prominent in religion, especially in Christianity and Islam. Allegory has a similar definition, but usually applies to the greater scope of poetry and fiction. In... Continue Reading →

Unfinished Stories: Grey Lights

Introduction: This short story is presented as the third of my "unfinished stories," tales which connect subtly through background threads. While these connections have not yet been made apparent, future releases will elaborate on the building conflict that fuels the events within these shorts. Feedback is always welcome. Grey LightsCathon Ajabon-Czar, heir to the throne... Continue Reading →

Tolkien and the Escapism Debate

If you’re a reader of fantasy—or an avid reader of general fiction—you’re likely familiar with the idea of “escapism.” This word, turned about by authors, readers, and critics throughout the decades, is defined by google as “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.”  I... Continue Reading →

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