These more general articles discuss some of the ideas that surround the books I have reviewed. See if you agree or disagree.
More than a brilliant fantasy for children, the Chronicles of Narnia illustrate many powerful characters and themes from the Bible.
What would you do if you held the fate of the world in your hands?
Can children's literature now take its proper place within contemporary literature?
Should Harry Potter be excluded from the classroom because he's a wizard?
Was the book you've just finished reading censored, do you think?
A book with a confusing background.
Reading is a skill that you learn, like developing your backhand volley.
Just because your book is fantasy fiction it doesn't follow that what you're reading isn't about real life ...
Knowing the name of someone or something is a strong kind of magic ...
Merlin, son of a devil, fabulously powerful, all-seeing, adviser to the young King Arthur. Did you know that at this very moment he lies in an enchantment under a great stone on a desolate moor ... ?
If you look you can find the Snow Queen all around you ...
I love a good boggart ...
We have to face up to the fact that there is no such thing as time travel ...
Where can they be, all these parallel universes?
Utopia. We use the word to mean Paradise, but can we really create a Paradise on earth some time in the future?
Have you ever come across a beautiful clean-washed beach with virgin golden sands and then walked backwards across it, or hopped, for half a mile, just to leave a cryptic puzzle for the next person who comes along?