Feb. 20th, 2013

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Many years ago, when I must have been around 9 or 10 years old, we were having the house renovated. At one stage, there was no front to the house, and no stair case.

The dog (a basset hound) had to be carried up the ladder every night as he had slept with "mummy" since leaving his own mother (when my parents divorced, Dad kept the older dog) and things weren't about to change now. If left downstairs, he howled. Bassets really can howl.

In the middle of the night my mother woke to hear the dog going nuts. Being a good feminist she woke my step father "Frank, go find out who's there."

So Frank got up, called out "who's there?" and *turned on the light*.

Who was there, was two police officers, a man and a woman, who were checking for rough sleepers in derelict buildings, and were very embarrassed indeed to discover that the hound of the baskervilles who wasn't letting them move so much as a millimeter towards my room (I slept through this of course) was actually one of the goofiest looking breeds in existence, with a reputation for licking people to death.

The point of this anecdote? Because the first thing most people do when they hear something, is turn on the light. And I'm kind of curious about someone who goes on to a balcony, comes back (presumably with diminished night sight), gets their gun in the dark but does notice their girlfriend is absent, still does not turn on a light, and opens fire without calling out "Girlfriend, is that you?"
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The first in-depth study of the use of landscape in fantasy literature

Fantasy worlds are never mere backdrops. They are an integral part of the work, and refuse to remain separate from other elements. These worlds combine landscape with narrative logic by incorporating alternative rules about cause and effect or physical transformation. They become actors in the drama—interacting with the characters, offering assistance or hindrance, and making ethical demands. In Here Be Dragons, Stefan Ekman provides a wide-ranging survey of the ubiquitous fantasy map as the point of departure for an in-depth discussion of what such maps can tell us about what is important in the fictional worlds and the stories that take place there. With particular focus on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Ekman shows how fantasy settings deserve serious attention from both readers and critics. Includes insightful readings of works by Steven Brust, Garth Nix, Robert Holdstock, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, China Miéville, Patricia McKillip, Tim Powers, Lisa Goldstein, Steven R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan, and Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.
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