December 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Unexamined Life

The Unexamined Life

Today’s post isn’t tied into any particular book or books.  It’s about why I’m doing what I’m doing and whether what I’m doing has been what I’d intended when I started.  I would love to hear your opinion, as always. As many of you know, I’m not one to dwell on the past (http://www.truthinfantasy.com/blog/back-to-the-future ).  I would much rather contemplate the adventures of the future and think about all the great stuff yet to come that, in my fantasies of the upcoming present, have none of the unpleasantries of the here and now or the before and over. The future is forever pure in my imagination. Kind of like the birth of a baby, which is always met with joyful anticipation about the infinite possibilities yet to come.But here I am talking about the future when this post is supposed to be a meditation about the past. This past year,… READ MORE

Restless, Irritable, and Discontent

Restless, Irritable, and Discontent

Why is it that some people just set us off? Why can one person say something and it’s fine, but then someone else says it and you want to beat the shit out of them?  I’ve been spending lots of quality time with family, and I’m just about ready to commit murder. And how, you might ask, am I going to tie this bitch session into one of my beloved fantasy novels?  Never fear, my book addiction comes through for me yet again!  I’m reading the latest installment of G. A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series. This offering, Light My Fire, is about Celyn the Charming and Elina. Celyn annoys pretty much everyone, and they all complain loudly about him. I can relate to their annoyance. And complaints. And because this is my blog, I’m going to indulge myself in a bit of a cathartic rant. And hopefully achieve and impart a… READ MORE

Signs of Change

Signs of Change

Today I’m going to jump right in. No digressions or distractions. Today’s post is about transformation, and about what happens when something rocks our world and pulls the rug out from under us. What does the aftermath of these earth-shaking events look like? How does the landscape appear when the dust settles? The short answer is, everything changes. Sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly. Sometimes the changes are temporary and sometimes they last forever.  And sometimes they are obvious, but not always. I’m thinking about all of this as a result of reading the second book in the Sanctum trilogy, The Boy, by Madhuri Blaylock. This offering is even better than its predecessor, The Girl, which I wrote about here. As a fantasy novelist, Ms. Blaylock is able to create the perfect construct to highlight this theme of transformation and its complex consequences. And here comes the spoiler alert–in the book,… READ MORE

The Pretenders Sing-Along

The Pretenders Sing-Along

I’ve just finished the second book in Elle Boca’s intriguing Unelmoija  series, The Mindshifter. Ms. Boca has created a very interesting world and I’m enjoying the unfolding of the story and the development of the characters. As always, my favorite parts of the book involve the deeper themes I’m inspired to contemplate, in this case a variation on the Harry Potter syndrome: the idea that one day we could wake up and find out that we aren’t who we thought we were and that our whole reality has been turned on its head. What would that mean for us? How would we react? And what aspects of our character determine the direction we take upon learning that we are, in fact, more than we feared, and maybe even as much as we’d secretly hoped? In Ms. Boca’s world, there are individuals go through life not realizing the truth of their… READ MORE

When Love is Not Enough

When Love is Not Enough

I’ve been told that love is all you need. It sounds good. I wish it were true. But it’s not true. And it’s a dangerous untruth, at least in my mind. I’ve gone down many a bad road and made many a wrong turn under the misapprehension that love is enough. I’ve stayed in relationships well past their expiration dates and performed many heroic feats of attempted salvation in the hopes of convincing a beloved that love will save the day. Only, sometimes it can’t. Or it won’t. Either way, the disappointment of discovering that love does not conquer all can be absolutely devastating. Why am I thinking such depressing thoughts, you may wonder. Well, I’m still contemplating the experience of reading the entirety of the Vampire Academy series in one fell swoop. It was an utterly marvelous adventure in which I lost myself for hours on end in a… READ MORE

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