Heart of Darkness is a frame tale, a novel where a story is told within another story. It may actually be several frame tales in one, but we’ll get there when we get there.
We begin by joining the author’s company on a cruise along the mouth of the Thames, where they watch the sunset in serene brilliance- that is not without an ominous air.
There are many things to note about this opening scene.
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I am very fond of the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I am one of the only two people I know with this fondness. The other one is my mother.
I’m writing this guide to Heart of Darkness to help people make sense of a book that can be hard to read and harder to understand.
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You don’t often find fantasy novels that do a sincere interpretation of Ancient Greece (or Rome, either), but The Macht trilogy by Paul Kearney does it better than any other I’ve ever read. If you’ve got a son who can handle an R movie, he’d probably love these books, especially the first one. It’s a guy kind of book.
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Eifelheim by Michael Flynn is a masterpiece of historical science fiction (you read that right) and it offers the best picture of the Middle Ages I think you’ll ever read.
This book has already gotten its lauds, but I feel it is not read enough. If you want thoughtful sci-fi, this is it. It you want clearly intensive and smart research, this book demonstrates it. If you want an excellently structured narrative, this one manages to split its plot by time and geography in a way I envy. If you like reading, you should read Eifelheim.
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I guess I should break down the actual way the Greek phalanx worked since that was a thing recently for me. It was before I’d had my morning caffeine and it was also too cold out to run or even get out of bed very quickly, so engaging in an internet argument seemed like a good idea at the time.
I keep meaning to discuss Classical history on this blog anyway since I have no one to talk to about it in real life.
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I did it. I finally fought my way through Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer.
Man, was that a slog. After the other wonderful books of the Stormlight Archive, it was a letdown.
I come not to praise Brandon Sanderson, but to complain lovingly about his latest release.
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The Hawk Queen duology by David Gemmell is a good example of the author’s work, in its mystery, fun, and even its darkness. David Gemmell’s unfortunate passing means that we’ll never have a continuation of this time-twisted adventure, but the two books we do have are gems.
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Video games are quite capable of being art, and the only reason anyone has ever said otherwise is because they’d really like for those kids to get off their lawn. Primordia, developed by Wormwood Studios, is an excellent example. It’s a jewel of a game, one of those things I happened upon unexpectedly and was absolutely delighted by.
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‘Pride and Prejudice with dragons’ should be classed as its own subgenre. Heartstone is not the first book I’ve seen that falls into it and I doubt it will be the last.
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Do you like dogs? Do you like dragons? Well, have I got a pair of books for you!
Dragon’s Ring and Dog and Dragon by Dave Freer are awesome books. I want more. I love this weird, clever world and I love these characters and I love it all.
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