Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Hobbits and Elves and Tales of Nostalgia

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This being “Hobbit Week” (or rather, an extension of “Hobbit Day”, which is generally celebrated on September 22, believed to be the day on which both Bilbo Baggins of the Shire, and Frodo Baggins, his nephew – the central heroes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, respectively – observed their birthdays), and [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Goblin Emperor’ by Katherine Addison

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The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison A Tor Book Release Date:  April 1, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-2699-7 I’ve never been a big fan of goblins.  Or trolls.  Or ogres, orcs, imps, demons or any kind of horde-ish miscreants of the supernatural world.  Not even drow. But so many people had put Katherine Addison’s debut novel, The Goblin [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Homage to the Professor

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Today is the anniversary of JRR Tolkien’s birth; the Professor would have been 122 – a ripe old age, indeed, even for a hobbit.  In humble homage to the man who has had such an impact on my life, I offer up this excerpt from a role playing story I participated in years ago, set [….]

LitStack Review: Santa 17 by Michael Alan Grapin

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Santa 17 Michael Alan Grapin PublishAmerica LLLP Release Date:  October 3, 2011 ISBN 978-1-4512-2270-8 How many modern holiday stories have you read, how many Christmas movies or holiday television shows have you watched, where you thought, “why didn’t they stop halfway through, before they just went too far?”  At least for me it seems like [….]