It’s been a while, but it’s time to highlight some cool bits and bobs that I’ve read recently.
At Sacnoth’s Scriptorium, John makes an interesting observation about Lord Dunsany’s conservative taste in poetry.
Bookstooge took the time to review the third of C.S. Lewis’ Space books, That Hideous Strength. I had completely forgotten that the institute of villains was called NICE in this story. Cool little Easter Egg, perhaps, given that Lewis’s apologetics deride the overvaluation of niceness in society and Christianity.
Over at Castalia House, Morgan drew some attention to artist and frequent SFF illustrator Carl Lundgren. I did a little searching afterwards and the dude has done some pretty awesome Christian paintings, too.
A while ago I did some musing on how the common depiction of the peasantry seems to vary across cultures and how this may tie into games and stories. Wayne’s post at Semper Initiativus Unum strikes a similar cord, but with a number of solid suggestions for DMs looking to spice up the banditry and nobility (and overlap between the two) in their games.
Jeffro sure likes to talk about A. Merritt, but that’s not a bad thing. In a piece at Castalia House looking at Burn, Which, Burn, Jeffro points out that despite the misinformed derision of the pulps as shallow and childish, in fact a lot of the stuff was quite mature and “literate.” It wasn’t uncommon to see either explicit references or subtle nods to classical works and authors!
It’s a great thing H.P. is doing at Every Day Should Be Tuesday – dedicating the summer to Howard’s Conan character. Be sure to have a look and follow along!
Given my new admiration for Leigh Brackett, the Queen of Space Opera, I found Nathan Housley’s look at an old interview of Brackett and her husband Edmond Hamilton to be especially noteworthy.