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RomCon 2014-A Short Review

Last weekend I attended RomCon 2014 down in Denver. RomCon is a conference for readers and writers in the Romance genre and its various sub-genres. There was a lot going on and a fair few people, but the conference has a very intimate feel with plenty of opportunities for meeting authors. It is a primarily fan driven conference, but they also sponsor RomCon University which provides various topics of interest to authors and aspiring writers.

You might ask, how did a Lutheran pastor end up at a romance conference? Several reasons. 1) My wife reads a lot of romance, primarily in the science fiction and paranormal genres, and her favorite author, S.E. Smith, was going to be at the conference. 2) The weekend before the conference my wife won two free registrations. Otherwise I was going to be left in the hotel room or sent off to the Colorado Rockies games; and 3) I read books, and sometimes I read romances, albeit primarily in the historical genre.

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Rowling Observes Anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts; Quote “I hated killing some of those people.”

Today is apparently the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling tweeted she had a moment of silence and that she hated killing some of those people. Entertainment Weekly had a brief story on this too.

Now, of course, in our Muggle time frame, it hasn’t been 16 years since the battle of Hogwarts but only 7. Still, either way a lot of time has passed under the bridge. Does anyone still have any strong feelings about any of the deaths in the Battle of Hogwarts or for that matter in the entire series?

I suspect some may. The author of the aforementioned piece in Entertainment Weekly concludes her article thusly: If you need me, I’ll be having a moment of silence over my keyboard for Sirius Black, every day for the rest of my life — because, for some of us, that was the most painful Harry Potter death of all.

I know some people who would whole-heartedly concur with that sentiment. What about you? What was the most painful Potter death for you?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviewed by a Non-Jackson Fan

Yesterday I saw the trailer for the new Godzilla movie for the first time…on the big screen of a theater. It already looked good just on Youtube. It’s really great in larger scale. Can hardly wait for the movie to come out in May of next year.

After the trailer there was a movie called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, loosely based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, if you know of my history with the films of Peter Jackson, you’re probably expecting a rage filled rant. But this time you’d be wrong.

I certainly have a fair few criticisms of the movie, but as for feeling… Well, I was pleasantly unemotional watching it yesterday. Sure, I rolled my eyes a fair few times, but otherwise no strong feelings either up or down. Except for the scenes with Smaug. Smaug was very well done. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job bringing out the dragon’s personality.

Anyway, onto my thoughts on the film. Beware of spoilers!

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Godzilla Is Coming to Town

 Well, the new trailer for the 2014 Godzilla movie is coming to town. Well, it’s actually already arrived and boy does it look good. Even to me, and I’m usually quite cynical and pessimistic about remakes, especially when they involve things I love. But I’ve watched the trailer at least five times now and am quite optimistic. They at least appear to be taking Godzilla seriously.

Take a look at the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet and let us know your thoughts on it.

Favorite C.S. Lewis Book and Giveaway!!

Today, November 22nd, is the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. I thought it an appropriate time to discuss our favorite works of Lewis and perhaps share what influence, if any, he has had on us. Plus, that all adds up to a perfect chance for another giveaway too!

The winner will receive a copy of On Stories, The Screwtape Letters, and Till We Have Faces. So, there’s a lot to be gained by entering the giveaway! To do so, leave a comment here telling us about your favorite work by C.S. Lewis and/or telling us what influence, if any, he has had on your life. The giveaway will run through November 29th.

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C.S. Lewis: A Rembrance and Also a Giveaway

This month sees the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. He died on November 22, 1963. You may also remember it as the day on which U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Author Aldous Huxley also died that day.

I won’t go into great detail here on a biography of Lewis. It would take too much time and space! Let’s just say Jack (as he preferred to be known) has had an enormous impact in the 20th century and onward. Known for his scholarly works, his Christian literature, and also his Christian apologetic works, Lewis is still widely read today and very influential in those areas.

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Missing Dumbledore

Saw this short article and brief video the other day. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone J.K. Rowling made a few brief comments on Good Morning America.

In answer to a question about who she would introduce Dumbledore to, if she could chose anyone in the world, she would actually chose herself. She says Dumbledore is the character she misses the most. Rowling also offers a bit of insight into the writing process. She notes it felt she wrote Dumbledore from the back of her head. That is, oftentimes Dumbledore would tell Harry things that she never knew she herself knew or believed until she saw them in Dumbledore’s words.

A few quick questions for you. One, can you believe it’s been 15 years since Harry Potter has been released? How has Harry affected you and primarily your reading habits? Two, if you could have Rowling bring back any one character from the books so that they could have a chat with you, who would it be and why? Thanks in advance for your thoughts and answers.

(Oh, one more thing struck me as I watched the video clips. In all the shots of Dumbledore, they always used Richard Harris’s portrayal.) 🙂