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Alethea van Holland’s 7 of the Best

Written by Alethea van Holland The Neverending Story Directed by Wolfgang Peterson Hands down, this is my all time favorite fantasy film. I love the atmosphere, the attention to detail on sets and costumes, and the voices for the creatures. The effects are dated, but you can see all the effort and creativity that went into it, which gives it …

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Frank Martin’s 7 of the Best

Written by Frank Martin . Dune A packed adventure contrasting everything I could want from a story. A fantastical world filled with technological marvels and wild creatures. It has political intrigue and supernatural undertones. There’s drama, romance and the occasional comedy. It’s influence can be found in everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. All we need now is …

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Simon Todd’s 7 of the Best

A List of Seven by Simon Todd MontiDots Ltd. John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908) written by Algernon Blackwood These are gripping tales predate Lovecraft, with all the intensity of a good Call of Cthulhu game about a psychic detective. Great stories made all the more interesting due to their relatively early date.   Vampyr (1932) written and directed by Carl …

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John Arcudi’s 7 of the Best

Written by John Arcudi . . Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) is a book that is supposed to appeal to children and adults. The absurd nature of much of the imagery and narrative are certainly appealing to even a 5 year old, but it’s the wide reaching social commentary that is snuck into the book under the guise …

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30 Things to do for JRR Tolkien’s Twelvity Fifth Birthday

Be neither late nor early, but arrive exactly when you mean to. Don a jacket of bright blue and boots of yellow, just like that merry old Tom Bombadil fellow. Have second breakfast. Visit www.theprancingpony.com and see that it’s an available domain. Proceed to then procure the domain, and develop it to be a fan page for The Fellowship Of …

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Rob Lane’s 7 of the Best

Written by Rob Lane Bernard Cornwell – The Saxon Stories + The Last Kingdom (TV series) Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author and Uhtred Uhtredson is my favourite fictional character of all time. From the very first paragraph that I read in a bookshop, Uhtred had me hooked into his beliefs, his attitude, his strength, his insults, his authority and …

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all of US to all of YOU =) Welcome to 2017, the 40th anniversary year of 1st edition AD&D (and the iconic MONSTER MANUAL; a book that continues to amaze us even today.)  Equal parts educational, inspirational, and practical, it was the MONSTER MANUAL that lifted the latch of the floodgates for many tabletop rpg enthusiasts; a hobbyist …

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James West’s 7 of the Best

Written by James West Conan the Barbarian The Robert E. Howard character, the Marvel comics, and the 1982 movie all had a huge influence on how I see fantasy. While Tolkien made everything seem lofty and nearly inaccessible, Conan kept it real. This was mud-and-blood storytelling and it’s still in my veins today.     Big Trouble in Little China I have watched this movie countless …

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Chuck Dixon’s 7 of the Best

Chuck Dixon knows his sci-fi. He’s also the writer of the BAD TIMES sci-fi novels, described as “one part Army Rangers, one part time-travel, and a whole lot of action.”  Buckle up, brave readers!  You’re about to enjoy a fun peek at 7 of Chuck’s all-time favorite sci-fi tales!  /      /      /      /   …

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7 of the Best

7 of the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books and Movies of All Time Written by Chris Mahon of OUTER PLACES Every fantasy/sci-fi fan began somewhere. Some people picked up Lord of the Rings as a kid, while others crossed paths with Neil Gaiman or got sucked in by X-Wings. Personally, I’m a sucker for hard sci-fi, complete with worldbuilding and crazy, mind-bending …