George R.R. Martin Doesn’t Get Why Everyone’s Mad, and Other Statements Written by Marketing Reps

This will be the last time I write about this hack until he delivers another book. And even then, I might not bother. The ending of Game of Thrones was so bad I’m pretty well done with the whole universe. There’s no shortage of fantasy literature out there, if you’re into that sort of thing,… Read More George R.R. Martin Doesn’t Get Why Everyone’s Mad, and Other Statements Written by Marketing Reps

Everyone Who Says Fellowship of the Ring is Boring Should Go Back to Reading Books With Pictures

I don’t mean to be a Tolkien fanboy here, but I am tired of Twitter dorks with shallow intellects and electronic-addled minds pretending that they have anything useful to say. To be fair, Tolkien’s influence on the genre can be a touch overrated, and can lead to people ignoring other seminal writers. I myself only… Read More Everyone Who Says Fellowship of the Ring is Boring Should Go Back to Reading Books With Pictures

On the Question of Human-Hobbit Interbreeding

Matt Yglesias asks an interesting question: “If Elves, Hobbits, and Men can interbreed in Middle-Earth, aren’t they the same species?” I’m not sure if the ability to breed entirely defines a species (as Yglesias mentions, we interbred with Neanderthals, and I still think they’re classified separately, though some say otherwise), but I’d call it a… Read More On the Question of Human-Hobbit Interbreeding