Monsters, Gods, and Heroes

17Jul07

I’ve just started the Monster’s, God’s, and Heroes Series that I bought a long time ago from Barnes and Noble. I’m quite enjoying it.

Here’s a advert (they should pay me)

From the Publisher

PORTABLE PROFESSORTM is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today’s most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.

The epic is one of the foundations of Western literature. These sweeping tales of bitter trial and fantastic adventure have given the world its most celebrated heroes and most reviled villains, and the great epic themes—love, death, and the interplay between the human and the divine—are universal. In this lively and engrossing course, Professor Timothy B. Shutt takes us on a tour of some of the greatest examples of the form, illustrating why they remain as compelling today as in centuries past.

Other than this there’s not a lot to report. I’ve also started reading a novel called Dragonspell that has had a promising beginning. I like the way the author has dealt with her characters. Very vivid and entertaining.

I hope she can keep it up. Here’s a blurb from that;

From the Publisher

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

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