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Reading The Sword of Shannara: Chapters 6-10

The Sword of ShannaraTwo weeks ago, we posted the first installment of Jen Miller and Phil Ilten's conversation about The Sword of Shannara as they read it together.  If you're just joining us, we invite you to find your own copy of the book and read along with us!

Dear Jen--

As I started to write this letter, I realized that last week both our letters were somewhat negative (maybe you disagree with me on this), and so this week I am going to try to conclude with a slightly more positive tone. That being said, there are some issues that I would like to get out of the way. The first issue, of course, is Lord of the Rings related. As I started Chapter 6, and finished up with Chapter 7, my impression of Shannara as a pale imitation of LotR only became worse.

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Like a circle in a circle, like a wheel within a wheel...

Game of ThronesI realize that I'm coming rather late to the Game of Thrones party that's been going on the last two months, but given the major plot developments in this past Sunday's episode, it seems like a good time to talk about my favorite part of the series--the opening credit sequence.

This isn't to say that I don't enjoy the rest of the show--I do.  The costumes and scenery are amazing, the story is engaging, and the acting is well done.  My one complaint is that I never really felt connected to any particular character in George R. R. Martin's series, and that feeling continues for me in the TV adaptation.

But, as the opening credits make abundantly clear, that is the point.

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Our Fantastic Week Ahead: June 13

Welcome to those of you joining us for the first time this weekend by way of Pat Rothfuss's blog post about us!  We hope you like what you see, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts about fantasy and science fiction!

We have a great week ahead of us here at Fantasy Matters

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Fantastically Fun Fridays: June 10, 2011

It was a hot week here at Fantasy Matters! (quite literally--the temperature hit 101 on Tuesday, which was way too hot for me, thank you very much)  Before you break for the weekend, remember to head over to the forums and help our webmaster, Adam, pick the next fantasy book that he reads.  Also, here are some of the fun things that we've found floating around the web this week:

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I hear Oz is lovely this time of year

TatooineAs anyone who has seen my house can tell you, I'm a big fan of minimalist/vintage-style travel posters.  I have one with a giraffe advertising South Africa in my living room, one with a train advertising the Black Forest Railroad, and, as of this past Christmas, three in my dining room suggesting that I visit Tatoonine, Hoth, and Endor.

That's right.  I have Star Wars travel posters.

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