It’s time for the Oscars. I dug up an old post about the big game and in honor of this most sacred day in my calendar. I’m skipping Downton for this!
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Quechua cosmology: the background to Dark Sun, Bright Moon by Oliver Sparrow Dark Sun, Bright Moon is a complex book set a thousand years ago in what are now the Peruvian Andes. This was a closed world, divided into the desert coast, the high, dry Andes and the sweltering jungle. It had enjoyed no outside contact for eight to ten thousand years and had developed its world view in isolation. Some readers find the world view so alien that they get lost, and so I have written this short introduction to an unusual and sophisticated way of seeing he world. In their millennia of isolation, the Quechua people developed two quite separate ways of looking at the universe. Organised religion offered a conventional pantheon of gods that, in various unlikely ways, brought about existence. The Sun mated with Lake Titicaca to generate the creator god, for example, which rather begs the question of what make the lake and the Sun. You would not, however, want to ask these questions in public, as subversives tended to end up at dawn on a pyramid, with their lives trickling away through a cut jugular into a clay pot for later consumption by […]
Today I’m happy to welcome Beth Hudson to Second Run Reviews. Beth started writing in third grade, but got sidelined by real life and just recently picked up her pen and started writing again. She published an illustrated chapbook, “Following Seas”, in 2008. This fall, Beth is happy to announce the release of her fantasy novel, Etched in Fire, which is being publish by Alban Lake Publishing. And today, Beth is sharing an excerpt of Etched in Fire with the fans of Second Run Reviews. Enjoy! The Overview Synopsis: Just as a barge enters Kaelennar, the city is attacked by an army of bloodthirsty esch. To protect fourteen-year-old Maelen Saltbearer, Gannet dresses her as a boy, and they take refuge with another family. Maelen wants to fight—she has some untested magical powers—but instead the children are to flee the city. The occupation of Kaelennar continues, and the children eke out a meager existence, unable to better their lot against the esch . . . until one day Maelen Saltbearer is caught, along with her friends, while smuggling children from the city. Tortured and left for dead, Maelen snaps. Torn between personal revenge and saving her people, Maelen has a decision […]
Click to encourage yourfavorite author tosign up! In the Spotlight is a new feature here at Second Run Reviews. I’ve invited authors, publishers and editors to take part in interviews, guest posts, giveaways and anything else that they can dream up that is appropriate for a blog. Today Kathryn Sullivan is In the Spotlight at Second Run Reviews. The author of several fantasy novels, many of which are award winning novels. She’s been busy this spring traveling to conventions and blogging about ‘Wizards & Other Magic Users‘. Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Kathryn. Glad that you have returned home safely from Memphis and I hope spring is coming soon to Minnesota. It’s taking its time arriving here in Iowa. In the Spotlight Kathryn Sullivan So let’s get things started!In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself. I write young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’m owned by a Moluccan cockatoo and I’m a big Doctor Who fan. I, too, am a Whovian, but I’m rather new. I just came to watch the series a couple years ago after attending ICON. Speaking of Doctor Who, I see on GoodReads that you are featured in […]