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Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Sovereign princes and their heirs may have many interests. They may love art or music or architecture. They may endeavor to be Renaissance men, writing poetry and studying ancient arts, such as horsemanship. But their primary responsibility is to defend their domains and their subjects. This has […]

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Part One Part Two Part Three The next day was easily as nerve-wracking a wait as the day before. Antoine, Percival, Walpole, and I spoke of various topics as we waited. It was only twelve-and-a-half hours before we felt the same sort of magical pulse as we had yesterday, except that the pulse was much […]

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Part One “The way I see it, this breaks down into two parts,” I said. “First, we have the problem of reversing the Sanctification Spells that have gone badly. Second, we need to find who has been spreading these flyers with information about the Sanctification Spell.” We were in the same conference room in Paris […]

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“Masks are a tool, useful in the right application. They’ve become a political fetish object for reasons that have nothing to do with their utility.” Prof. Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds

I never expected to hear this much debate over masks outside of a superhero comic convention. Posts here bounce back and forth between people who wear masks and those who oppose them. Then you have people who are constantly watching for someone to not wear their mask. It’s no longer just a layer of absorbent material worn over the nose and mouth, it is a symbol of fighting against the pandemic — a literal virtue signal.

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I review a lot of children’s books for a website called Redeemed Reader. A common theme in children’s fantasy is “magic” as a lost element in a disenchanted world. The protagonist is born with some supernatural gift or sensitivity that no one appreciates, but once presented with a problem he (or she) forges fearfully ahead […]

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The Magicians is a SyFy TV show based upon the books by Lev Grossman. It explores a modern world filled with typical tasks, boring jobs, and clinical depression. Unlike many other fantasies, it focuses on the reality or supposed reality of what magical and celestial power would ultimately mean in a modern world. The story […]

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Brandon Sanderson is one of the most successful fantasy authors alive. He’s known for designing complex and engaging fantasy worlds and crafting elegant and interesting schemes of magic. This is not about that kind of magic. This weekend I attended Odyssey Con in Madison WI with Ricochet members Randy Weivoda and Matt Balzer. Mr. Sanderson […]

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Brandon Sanderson has a reputation. He writes about rules based magic. There are two ways an author can write magic, one is full of mystery and wonder and the other gives the spells concrete rules. The magic Gandalf does in the Lord of the Rings is the first type. We’re not quite sure what he […]

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Did you know that? The material that we all are made from is evidently magic. Now, the Neo-Darwinists wouldn’t explain it that way but if you read what they are proposing as a serious scientific theory – it sure sounds like they are talking about a magical substance. It’s so magical that if you get things just right […]

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