Poetry Reading at Le Cagibi!

This Monday marked the occasion of my second ever poetry reading, where I recited "Ice Breaker" (which is this Friday's post), "St. Francis of the Amazon," "Seagull," and my final, uproarious poem "Anticlimax." The venue was in the backroom of Le Cagibi (pronounced KAH-jeh-bey, or "KGB" in phonetic Quebecois French), a hipster, student-populated restaurant on …

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Top Ten Wainscot Societies

When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone gained unprecedented popularity, the world at large was introduced to a “new” concept: a hidden magical society that lived parallel to the everyday world, but scarcely—if ever—interacting with it. The idea of hidden societies, however, is not a new one. Many fantasy novels of all types include hidden …

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The Fionavar Tapestry Book 2: The Wandering Fire

When The Wandering Fire opens, Rakoth Maugrim is unchained and ready for a slow vengeance, and the five Torontonians have restlessly settled into their old lives. The opening line, “Winter is coming,” echoes the moody refrain of the book, and might remind readers of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Indeed, …

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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Though this novel is quite different from the other books I have reviewed, which tend to belong to the fantasy genre, I nonetheless was intrigued to read it, because of three things: the bizarre cover, the awards it has won, and descriptions I had heard about its graphic depiction of violence. Actually, fantasy readers might …

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Special Post: Honours thesis added to brightweavings.com

Today, I make a special announcement: my Honours thesis "Fantasies of History: Guy Gavriel Kay's Synthesis of the Historical Fantasy Novel" has been added to Kay's official website at brightweavings.com. This thesis is the fruit of over two years of thought, and one year of hard research, writing, and re-writing. It represents the summit of …

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Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

A group of editors gets together to write a parody of a conspiracy theory. What if the parody ends up becoming perceived as the source of ultimate truth for an actual underground group that styles itself after the Templars and Rosicrucians? The answer lies in the pages of Umberto Eco's intellectual thriller Foucault's Pendulum. In …

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