6 000-year Old Traditions, Strange Relics, Epic Fantasy, and a Universe of Books

Podcast of the Week:

From One Novel to a Universe of Books. Writing a Series That Sells With David Wood – The Creative Penn

Video of the Week: Medieval Warfare (Part 1) by The Faculties

This is the first video in a three-part series.

Articles of the Week:

Epic Fantasy: Is there such a thing as “too” epic? 

Judging by the success of Game of Thrones, epic fantasy has never been more popular. As a writer in the genre myself, that can only be a good thing. I like reading stories with high stakes, a panoramic scale and intricate worldbuilding, so that’s also the type of book I write. Can there be such a thing as “too” epic, though?

Mongolia’s 6,000-year tradition

Eagle hunters have been practicing the art of berkutchi across the Central Asian steppe for generations. Now they have almost all gone.

The mysterious ancient origins of the book

The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.

Are these the strangest relics in history?

Religions have long venerated the remnants of revered figures. But, as Kelly Grovier explains, there are intriguing secular relics too – from Einstein’s eyes to Napoleon’s penis.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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