My Year with Jane Austen

It took me a year to read the works Jane Austen had completed. Maybe it was because they were collected in a doorstopper of a book, or maybe I needed time because at first, it wasn't an easy journey for me. Reading Sense and Sensibility, I thought that the style was deft and that the … Continue reading My Year with Jane Austen

Literature as the Mirror of Author’s Time: Kristin Lavransdatter

WARNING: Huge spoilers on an old boring book by a Noble-prize winner I wasn't sure how to start this essay. I wasn't sure whether to mention and describe our assumptions about the historical literature of the (broadly understood) past. Eventually, I decided to not reflect on it. Because it's a fact, not an opinion, that … Continue reading Literature as the Mirror of Author’s Time: Kristin Lavransdatter

“His Dark Materials” (and Co.) as an Anti-Narnia

I would say that His Dark Materials and its sequels are a religion-sceptic response for books on Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Religion-sceptic, maybe even atheist, but not necessarily progressive. I don't mean, of course, that it is bad then. But to be honest, if I want to see the topics of class, race and … Continue reading “His Dark Materials” (and Co.) as an Anti-Narnia

Revisiting Six Duchies—Part Two

A Not-so Nitpicky Reflection on “Fool's Quest” by Robin Hobb Who is who Fitz Farseer—our protagonist Bee—his younger daughter Shun—Fitz's ward Chade—Fitz's old mentor Fool—Fitz's buddy, a White Prophet FitzVigilant—once Bee's tutor Dutiful—Six Duchies' king Elliania—his Queen Consort Starling—a bard, once Fitz's lover Where is where Six Duchies—our main Homely Kingdom Chalced—west from Six Duchies … Continue reading Revisiting Six Duchies—Part Two

Revisiting Six Duchies—Part One

A Nitpicky Reflection on “Fool's Assassin” by Robin Hobb WARNING: heavy spoilers and heavy angst Who is who Fitz Farseer—a royal bastard, assassin and magician, now living under disguise as a gentryman Molly Chandler—his wife. Once the wife of Burrich, Fitz's foster daddy. Kinky. Nettle—their elder daughter, living at Buckkeep's court Bee—Fitz and Molly's late-comer … Continue reading Revisiting Six Duchies—Part One

On Sexism of Older Speculative Fiction and on Excusing It

This may be an unpopular opinion but I feel I should express it. And if I am expressing it, it isn't only because I'm a feminist. It's because I can prove it. With proofs going as far as to nineteenth century. Stop making this excuse, please. Stop talking that “the times were different” or that … Continue reading On Sexism of Older Speculative Fiction and on Excusing It