February 2017

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Something from Nothing

Something from Nothing

“Here, where there’s nothing, I have something, and it’s enough:  choice. I will choose anything over fear.”      MacKayla Lane In Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong, Mac has been imprisoned in her own mind, unable to control her body. The description reminded me of my late father, who battled ALS and ended up with an active mind trapped in a useless body. Horrifying.  A fate worse than death, I imagine. And in the midst of this hell on earth, MacKayla, unlike my father, found it in herself to choose hope, life and love over fear. My father wasn’t able to make that choice, which I understood, but it devastated me. On the other hand, Mac lives in a world of magic and fantasy, while us mere mortals, including my beloved father, are stuck in reality. Given that, I wonder, as always, whether there are any truths with which fantasy can illumine reality. I… READ MORE

Born Again

Born Again

I’m not much for religious zealotry, nor for indiscriminately sharing my spiritual status with the world at large. That’s one reason I’m not a big fan of those who describe themselves as “born again Christians.”  On the other hand, I’m all for being born again. Having been born into a dysfunctional family of origin, I couldn’t wait to be born again into a family I chose—my friends, my husband and my children (I didn’t get to choose my children, but I’d like to think I have had something to do with them being more functional than non). Moreover, I’m also a big believer in reinventing myself professionally and personally, so the phenomenon of being born again is highly relevant to my life.  Why am I contemplating the joys and pitfalls of rebirth?  It’s because I’ve been heavily immersed in the Fever world of Karen Marie Moning. I’ve stayed up late… READ MORE

It’s Where My Demons Hide

It’s Where My Demons Hide

All of us have demons. No matter what we call ‘em, none of us is immune to the Seven Deadly Sins. Most of us strive to do and be our best. We valiantly struggle against our inner demons. Though sometimes, as I’ve written about previously, we snuggle with the devils we know. This theme of our inner beasts and the internal conflicts they trigger is explored in depth by many paranormal fantasy books. After all, what better way to examine our animalistic natures than to write and read about weres or warriors possessed by sins, or superhuman men who can transform into feral beasts?  Controlling or overcoming the beast within is a significant trope of the genre. Karen Marie Moning is among the masters of her craft, and the theme of learning to live with our inner demons is central to all the books in the Fever world. Each of… READ MORE

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