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Limiting Beliefs

Limiting Beliefs

I’ve moved on in my reading, but I can’t stop thinking about Feversong by Karen Marie Moning. In the beginning of the story, Mac has been imprisoned in her own mind, cut off from control of her body, and despairing of ever finding a way out. Mac believes she is trapped, and, therefore, she is. As the story progresses, however, Mac quickly discovers that the only things actually keeping her prisoner are her own beliefs. She thus realizes a truth so exquisite, so overwhelming, I can write it, but I can’t quite wrap my mind around it, much the same way that Mac struggles with the concept—and here it is: belief is reality. There. I’ve said it. But what does it mean? For me and for reality in general? In the book, Mac is in a box that doesn’t exist but that she believes inescapable. In the fantasy story, belief is… READ MORE

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

Survive and Thrive

Survive and Thrive

I’m taking my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever world. This may be the last such pilgrimage, as Feversong promises to be the final book in a brilliant series filled with so much wisdom and so many life lessons that I’m not sure how I will live without it. I will hold out hope that Ms. Moning has left a loophole through which she will create new stories in the Fever world, perhaps with new characters. I’m not sure because although the book came out two weeks ago, I’m doing my usual anticipation and savor dance with the latest offering, reading its predecessors and reminding myself of the events and developments that led up to the first page of the new book. This time, I started only two books back with Burned, followed by Feverborn, before I plan to dive into Feversong, which I would prefer… READ MORE

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