Cirkeln som film

En natt när månen färgas blodröd, befinner sig sex unga tonårsflickor i en övergiven folkpark, dragna dit av en mystisk kraft. Där avslöjas en gammal profetia. De är ”De utvalda”, en grupp häxor – utsedda att rädda världen. Plötsligt är tiden i gymnasiet på liv och död – bokstavligt talat.

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Catching Fire – upprepning utan klasskamp i sikte

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Idag har den tredje delen av filmserien som bygger på Suzanne Collins böcker om Hunger Games premiär i Sverige. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part1. Efter som jag ser filmer på Netflix och TV, nästan aldrig på strömmade piratsajter eller på bio, har jag precis sett del två i filmserien, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. När jag skrev recensionen av första filmen och hävdade att ingen klasskamp fanns att se, vilket folk hävdat var fallet, sa de att jag bara behövde vänta till andra delen. Men det finns ingen klasskamp i den heller. Inte ens en antydan. Däremot en hel del förtryck och märkligt agerande. Fixering vid en ”hjälte” är egentligen orimligt och osund. Om det verkligen blir en revolution nånstans är det inte så vanligt med ”hjältar” av Katniss Everdeens typ eller hjältar av nån sort faktiskt.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Andra filmen är en upprepning av den första. Men kanske mer samarbete bland de som hamnar på arenan. Mer kollektivt, men knappast klasskamp. Ledarna bakom kulisserna känns inte speciellt trovärdiga och det hela blir faktiskt lite tråkigt och oengagerande. Snyggt är det dock och jag tycker Jennifer Lawrence såväl som Donald Sutherland gör bra rollprestationer. I mitt tycke en sämre film än den första. Dessutom utan klasskamp igen. Jag har svårt att se varför dessa filmer är så populära. Kanske är det så att böckerna är bättre och mer engagerande. Kanske är det så att den som läst böckerna har större utbyte av filmerna. Kanske måste den som ser filmerna vara ung för att uppskatta dem till fullo. Oavsett vilket så känns Catching Fire lite trött och inte alls lika intressant som den första filmen.

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Om zombiekrig, oändlig kapitalackumulation och en rimlig framtid

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Max Brooks
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ISBN: 9789186629267

Om zombiekrig, oändlig kapitalackumulation och en rimlig framtid

Lennart Lundqvist konstaterade i Arbetet att det inte är så kul att spela tennis utan linjer. Hans poäng var att oändlig valfrihet inte är eftersträvansvärt. Han fortsatte med att berätta om sin brors roligaste dag i livet: dagen då radhusområdet belägrades av snökaos och all normal verksamhet kollapsade. Vilken gemenskap grannskapet utvecklade tillsammans för att överleva. Bristen skapade kreativitet och ömsesidighet men även trivsel. Temat genomsyrar Max Brooks fiktiva rapport Världskrig Z: En muntlig historik över zombiekriget.

Utbrottet av sjukdomen sker i Kina, bakgrunden är oklar men spridningen sker snabbt. Trots upprättandet av karantäner så finns det andra vägar för att sprida vidare den (o)dödliga smittan. Den globala kapitalismens infrastruktur är flerdimensionell där legala och illegala nivåer överlappar varandra. Med väl upparbetade kanaler för illegal organhandel och människosmuggling är det omöjligt även för en auktoritär regim som den kinesiska att kväsa utbrottet. Det som möjliggör zombifieringens globala karaktär är kapitalismens smörjmedel av korruption och trafficking.

Upplägget är enkelt men effektivt. Genom en serie intervjuer av olika personer återskapas händelseförloppet; från förebudet över den stora paniken till det totala kriget erbjuds vi brottstycken från alla kontinenter, från hög som låg. Tyvärr går det i stå mot slutet och det glider över i inträngande detaljstudier över hur man tvingades lösa zombieproblemet på militär taktisk nivå. Jag misstänker att denna aspekt tyvärr har dominerat filmatiseringen med Brad Pitt i huvudrollen som FN-tjänsteman (premiär senare i år.)

Levande döda i ett sammanhang

Zombier i all ära, men det var det övergripande samhälleliga ramverket som överraskade. De hungriga horderna av stapplande odöda befinner sig i ett politiskt och ekonomiskt sammanhang. Utan att bli skriven på näsan är det inte svårt att läsa in en hård kritik av den rådande marknadsfundamentalismens krassa människosyn. I ett lysande litet stycke återfinner vi kapitalismens kärna – den oändliga kapitalackumulationen – beskriven av en amerikansk general: ”För första gången i historien mötte vi en fiende som faktiskt kunde föra totalt krig. De hade ingen utmattningsgräns. De skulle aldrig förhandla, aldrig ge upp. De skulle kämpa till slutet eftersom var och en av dem, till skillnad från oss. ägnade varje sekund på dygnet åt att sluka allt liv på jorden.”

Enda sättet att hantera situationen var att agera gemensamt. Den effektivaste metoden att motverka asocialt beteende var att införa offentliga skamstraff – något som bekräftar bilden av oss som sociala djur, inte autonoma nyttomaximerare. När avgrunden knackar på, är det inte ”bostadsområden med yrkesarbetande människor ur övre medelklasen där alla saknade till och med de mest grundläggande kunskaper för att byta ut ett trasigt fönster” som behövdes. Där alla ”var någon form av ’verkställande’. ’representant’, ‘analytiker’ eller ’konsult’…  [och] fullständigt funktionsodugliga i den förestående krisen”.

När rollerna i ett slag ställs på huvudet uppstår problem. Arthur Sinclair Junior, chef för USA:s departement för strategiska resurser förklarar: ”Tänk dig att du är en högt uppsatt företagsjurist. Du har tillbringat större delen av ditt liv med att granska kontrakt, förhandla avtal, prata i telefon. Det är det du är bra på, det är det som har gjort dig rik och som har gjort att du fortsätter att prata i telefon. Ju mer du jobbar, ju mer pengar du tjänar, desto fler slavar anlitar du för att frigöra tid när du kan tjäna mer pengar. Det är så världen funkar. Men en dag gör den inte det. Ingen behöver få ett kontrakt granskat eller förhandla ett avtal. Vad folk behöver är fungerande toaletter. Och plötsligt är slaven din lärare. kanske till och med din chef. För somliga var detta mer skrämmande än de levande döda.”

Hoppet om en rimligare framtid

Där får vi nog även svaret på varför en del hellre kör planeten i botten än ställer om samhället för att undvika en klimatkollaps. De vet att de egentligen inte behövs, att deras välavlönade uppgifter är parasitära. Mellanskiktet är högst medvetet om sin priviligerade position under den nuvarande klassordningen. Så tyvärr krävs det nog ett rejält snökaos, en ordentlig kris för att steget ska kunna tas för det gemensamma projektet. Som Joe Mohammed påpekar i boken: ”Jag kommer inte att säga att kriget var någonting bra. Så sjuk är jag inte, men du måste medge att det förde människor samman.”

Att göra tillsammans är vår lott, vårt hopp. Men som även Lundqvist påpekade, det handlar inte om att vilja ha det som i Nordkorea eller att gå i kloster. Det handlar kort och gott om att livet ska vara mer rimligt. En ytterst radikal och subversiv tanke idag.

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En marxistisk analys av Tolkien – del 2

Analysen är gjord av den brittiske marxisten John Molyneux som var (är?) medlem i brittiska och irländska SWP. Den är lång, så jag delar upp den på flera inlägg. Detta är det andra. Texten är tagen från Molyneux egen blogg.

Tolkien’s world – a Marxist Analysis, part 2

The World of Middle Earth.

The reason the social relations of Middle Earth are so easily recognised is that they are (with one important exception) essentially feudal. We do not live in a feudal society, but feudalism is the social order that immediately preceded capitalism in Europe, and that existed alongside capitalism in many parts of the world until well into the twentieth century. Moreover, there still survive, even in the twenty first century, hangovers of feudalism such as the British monarchy, aristocracy and the House of Lords. In addition feudal social relations permeate a large part of our classic literature (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Beowulf etc) of our mythology, (the Arthurian legends, Robin Hood etc) and our children’s fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White etc).

According to Marx social relations correspond to a certain level of development of the forces of production (technology, plus labour, plus science). The productive forces of Middle Earth are resolutely medieval. Not only are they pre- industrial, they are pre- early modern – no steam engines or power driven machinery, no printing, no transport more advanced than the ship and the horse (except eagles in extremis), importantly no guns or cannon (the only explosions or fireworks are courtesy of wizardry or sorcery). Actually very little attention is paid to production at all. It is clear that Middle Earth is overwhelmingly rural – Minas Tirith in Gondor is the only real city we encounter in the whole epic – and therefore it is more or less assumed that most people are farmers of some sort and not worthy of much mention.

Middle Earth is a world of Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, Lords and Ladies. The role of heridity and lineage, of what sociologists call ascribed (as opposed to achieved) status and what in everyday language would be called class, is absolutely overwhelming and completely taken for granted. Almost every single character’s social position and part in the story is determined, in the first instance, by their birth. This applies from the very top to the very bottom, in small matters and large. Why, for example, is Sam Gamgee Frodo’s servant? It is not age – Merry and Pippin are young but from higher families in the Shire social order – it is class. Aragorn, not Boromir or Faramir, is destined to rule Gondor because he is the heir of Isildur, albeit this was 3000 years ago, and has ancestry stretching even further back to Earendil and the Elven kings of the First Age, whereas they are merely sons of a Steward. True, he has to prove himself and win his throne in many battles but his leadership role is predestined. And Aragorn will love and wed Arwen not Eowyn because she is of matching birth – they are repeating the ancient union of Luthien and Beren. Eowyn, who originally loves Aragorn, instead marries Faramir who is of roughly equivalent standing in the Middle Earth hierarchy.

At first glance the central character of Gandalf may appear not to fit this mould in that his lineage is not spelt out in The Lord of the Rings, and that Saruman not Gandalf is at first cast as the senior wizard; moreover wizards do not seem to have a fixed position in the Middle Earth social order (compare the relatively lowly Radagast). But in The Silmarillion, the prequel to the saga of the Rings, which provides a creation myth for Middle Earth and tells the history of its First Age, this gap is filled. Gandalf, we are told, was originally Olorin and a Maiar . The Maiar were the servants of the Valar, the Lords of Arda (guardians of creation made in the beginning by Iluvatar, the One) in Valinor, beyond the confines of the world. Gandalf is thus of higher lineage even than Elrond or Galadriel, but, interestingly, matches that of his two great foes, the Balrog in Moria ( Balrogs were Maiar perverted by Melkor/Morgoth, the fallen Ainur/Valar and Great Enemy) and Sauron, Morgoth’s emissary, just as Frodo’s descent and social status matches that of his nemesis Smeagol/Gollum.

At no point in The Lord of The Rings is this hierarchical social structure subject to any form of critique or challenge, either by an individual character or a collective group, or even implicitly by the logic of the narrative. The history of Middle Earth contains no Wat Tylers, John Lilburnes or Tom Paines. On the contrary acceptance of traditional and inherited authority is invariably a sign of ‘good’ character, resistance to it a sign of siding, or potentially siding, with the enemy. For example one of the things that marks Faramir as the ‘good’ brother in contrast to Boromir, is his more or less instant recognition and acceptance of Aragorn as his ruler.

Indeed, in a parallel with the Christian story of Lucifer the fallen archangel, the origin of all evil in Tolkien’s world is the rebellion against authority of Melkor, the Ainur. In The Silmarillion it is told how at the beginning of creation Iluvatar revealed to the Ainur a ‘mighty theme’ of which they were to ‘make in harmony together a Great Music’.

But now Iluvatar sat and hearkened, and for a great while it seemed good to him, for in the music there were no flaws. But as the theme progressed, it came into the heart of Melkor to interweave matters of his own imagining that were not in accord with the theme of Iluvatar; for he sought therein to increase the power and glory of the part assigned to himself. (The Silmarillion, 1977, p.16)

From this act of insubordination flows all the misfortunes of Arda – the temptation of Feanor, the darkening of Valinor, the great war at the end of the First Age, the fall of Numenor, and the rise of Sauron. Thus from first to last Tolkien’s worldview is imbued with a deep seated respect for traditional authority.

To add to this there runs through the whole saga another hallmark of conservatism, namely the belief that things are not what they used to be, that the world is in decline, and that the old days were finer, nobler, more dignified, more heroic than the present. As Elrond puts it when recounting the mustering of the hosts of Gil-galad and Elendil for the assault on Sauron at the end of the Second Age, ‘I remember well the splendour of their banners … It recalled to me the glory of the Elder Days and the hosts of Beleriand, so many great princes and captains were assembled. And yet not so many, nor so fair [ my emphasis], as when Thangorodrim was broken’. (The Fellowship of the Ring, 1974, p.233)

Finally there is a view of fate, predestination and ‘the will of the Gods’ that is not only pre-modern and pre-enlightment but reminiscent of Ancient Greece and the plays of Aeschylus and Sophocles. When, at the Council of Elrond, Frodo announces that he will undertake the task of taking the Ring to the Cracks of Doom, Elrond says ‘I think this task is appointed for you, Frodo’, and indeed the whole episode has been foretold in lines which came to both Faramir and Boromir in dreams:

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur’s Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.

[The Fellowship of the Ring p.236]

Similarly Smeagol/Gollum is fated ‘to play his part before the end’ – an absolutely crucial part as it turns out – and the various acts of mercy that are shown to him by Gandalf, Aragorn, the Elves of Mirkwood, and Frodo himself all facilitate this predetermined destiny. Predictions and prophesies are scattered throughout the story and they always come true. As in Greek tragedy anyone who attempts to frustrate or avoid their fate merely ends up contributing to its inevitable fulfilment. The centrality of this conception of fate, which turns out ultimately to be the will of God, for Tolkien’s whole vision is made clear by Iluvatar’s response to Melkor’s aforementioned original sin of musical innovation.

Then Iluvatar spoke, and he said: ’Mighty are the Ainur, and mightiest among them is Melkor; but that he may know, and all the Ainur, that I am Iluvatar, those things that ye have sung, I will show them forth, that ye may see what ye have done. And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.’[The Silmarillion p.17]

This view of destiny is highly conservative because it both reflects the fact that human beings are not in control of their society or their own lives (in Marxist terms, alienated and dominated by the products of their own labour) and reinforces the idea that that they can never become so.

John Molyneux
31 October , 2010

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Urban Fantasy Series Without the Heavy Paranormal Romance Focus

As an avid reader of urban fantasy literature, I have to admit that there are quite a few series out there that seem geared toward a reader with a predilection for romance. I'm not really that guy. Whenever I come to a sex scene, I usually skip to the point where it's over and the plot picks back up. Unfortunately, that has made some series not worth paying money for anymore. cough, cough....Anita Blake....cough, cough

Here is my list of urban fantasy series that I have read which either (A) are not driven by the romantic machinations or (B) keep the romance light enough to stay focused on the fantastical plot. Please, feel free to add to the list!

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The series is "a first person narrative..from the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago." - Wikipedia. Such a well-developed and likable lead character. As the novels progress, the supporting characters become this wonderfully vivid group of people whom you can't help but feel connected to.

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The Demon Accords by John Conroe

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal with a gift from God. But when he saves a beautiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires, were weasels, and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her over protective vampire mother! -- Undoubtedly, one of my favorite series. Right up there with The Dresden Files.

Nov 26, 2014 - ilona-andrews.com - 216
Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, but when the universe tries to kick her in the face, she kicks back. -- One of the best heroines in the genre.

Nov 26, 2014 - faithhunter.net - 230
Jane Yellowrock Series by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps… -- Jane is fantastic. She sails past Anita Blake to land in the top heroines circle with Kate Daniels and Rachel Morgan.

Nov 15, 2011 - kevinhearne.com - 198
Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for two thousand years and he’s a bit tired of it. After he stole a magical sword from the Tuatha Dé Danann (those who became the Sidhe or the Fae) in a first century battle, some of them were furious and gave chase, and some were secretly amused that a Druid had the cheek to defy them. Now he’s living in Tempe, Arizona, the very last of the Druids, far from where the Fae can easily find him. It’s a place where many paranormals have decided to hide from the troubles of the Old World—from an Icelandic vampire holding a grudge against Thor to a coven of Polish witches who ran from the German Blitzkrieg.

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The Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Sep 19, 2015
The Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin

An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world…

By Day

Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

By Night

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance.

Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.

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I Bring the Fire series by C. Gockel

Sep 19, 2015
I Bring the Fire series by C. Gockel

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover, and with no idea what he's done wrong -- this time anyway. But he does know Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something he's forgotten...

In this urban fantasy tale, a very nice midwestern girl and a jaded, mischievous Loki must join forces to outwit gods, elves, magic sniffing cats, and nosy neighbors. If Loki can remember exactly what he's forgotten and Amy can convince him not to be too distracted by Earthly gadgets, Earthly pleasures, or three day benders, they just might pull it off...

Sep 03, 2011 - kimharrison.net - 281
The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

A series of mystery novels that take place primarily in the city of Cincinnati featuring Rachel Morgan, a detective witch who works with local law enforcement agencies and faces threats both mundane and supernatural in origin. -- A great heroine for the genre!

Sep 03, 2011 - patriciabriggs.com - 264
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

Set in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state, the series follows Mercy, a VW mechanic by trade, as she learns her true nature and is caught up in the affairs of the local werewolves, vampires, fae, and other supernatural characters. Another fiesty lead character with a wry wit.

Dec 05, 2012 - markdelfranco.com - 253
Connor Grey Series by Mark del Franco

In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator-whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf. As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual—which might bring about a worldwide cataclysm.

Sep 03, 2011 - kategriffin.net - 228
Matthew Swift Series by Kate Griffin

"Enter a London where magicians ride the Last Train, implore favours of The Beggar King and interpret the insane wisdom of The Bag Lady. Enter a London where beings of power soar with the pigeons and scrabble with the rats, and seek insight in the half-whispered madness of the blue electric angels." - kategriffin.net. While most other urban fantasy series treat magic as something old that is brought into the modern day world, Griffin's series of novels play upon the idea of "urban magic" - created from the rhythms and rituals of the city itself.

Sep 03, 2011 - shevdon.com - 253
Courts of the Feyre Series by Mike Shevdon

"The Courts of the Feyre is a new series that follows the adventures of Niall and Blackbird as Niall discovers a world of dark magic and strange creatures hidden in plain sight." - shevdon.com. Shevdon draws upon English folklore and history to create a highly engaging world to get lost in. The first book draws a lot of comparisons to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

Sep 03, 2011 - en.wikipedia.org - 272
The Secret History Series by Simon R Green

The adventures of Edwin Drood, AKA Shaman Bond (his field name; it is a parody of James Bond's name). He is a part of the Droods, an ancient family that purportedly watches over the world and protects it from various threats, including supernatural and magical ones.

Nov 26, 2014 - daysgonebad.com - 267
Vesik Series by Eric R. Asher

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before.

Dec 05, 2012 - jenniferestep.com - 214
Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep

The Elemental Assassin books are set in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland, where Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina meet in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an elemental or person who can control one of the four elements – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to control two elements, Ice and Stone in her case. Besides elementals like Gin, Ashland is also home to giants, dwarves, and vampires.

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Black Knight Chronicles by John G. Hartness

Sep 19, 2015
Black Knight Chronicles by John G. Hartness

The Black Knight Chronicles introduces us to James Black and Gregory Knightwood, proprietors of Black Knight Investigations. They’re dedicated to righting wrongs, defending the helpless, bringing light into the darkest of shadows…

Ok, maybe not so much with the bringing light bit. Our boys are vampires, after all, and not so much for the bringing of light stuff. But Jimmy and Greg aren’t your typical bloodthirsty, sex-starved, viciously studly vampires. Ok, maybe they’re a little blood-starved and sex-thirsty, but they try to keep that all under control. They’re more like your dorky kid brother who just happened to get turned into a vampire and now has to stay out of the sun. Forever.

Dec 25, 2011 - seananmcguire.com - 267
October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire

Faerie has always been with us. The fairy tales, ballads, and folklore of the mortal world are only shadows of the true, sometimes terrible reality of the fae. They survive in secrecy, keeping their Courts in the places where the light doesn't fall, existing in parallel to the world we know.

Dec 05, 2012 - permutedpress.com - 282
Ex-Heroes Series by Peter Clines

They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, they protect the thousands of survivors sheltered in a film studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. While zombies walk the streets night and day, they are not the only threat left in the world. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. And they are not heroes.

Nov 26, 2014 - benedictjacka.co.uk - 228
Alex Verus Series by Benedict Jacka

Alex Verus is a diviner, able to see the future. This is impressive to most people but less so to other mages, who can do things like throw fire, disintegrate things, and fly. Right now Alex has a problem – a site’s been discovered containing an ancient and powerful relic, and lots of people are looking for a diviner to open it, all of whom are looking to recruit or kill Alex, not necessarily in that order.

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Southern Watch Series by Robert J. Crane

Archibald "Arch" Stan was a local cop in Midian, Tennessee that was good at his job and exceptionally good at hiding his disappointment at not being able to figure out what was missing in his life. Lafayette Hendricks looked like a drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian on the prevailing winds. When Arch catches him in a fight on the town square, though, things start to get weird fast, because the guy he's fighting doesn't die when he gets shot.

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Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit.

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The Magnolia Kelch Series by Megan Powell

Magnolia Kelch is no stranger to pain. She’s spent her entire life at the mercy of her sadistic father and the rest of the Kelch clan, who have tortured her and tested the limits of her powers. After one particularly heinous night, she finally sees her chance for escape. This first taste of freedom is short-lived when she joins the Network—a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural criminals— including her family.

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Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs

Springboards off of the Mercy Thompson series by bringing supporting characters from that series front and center. The book focuses on Anna, an Omega werewolf learning her place within the pack, and Charles, the Alpha werewolf whose fate is linked with her own.

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Mortal Coils Series by Eric Nylund

Nothing exciting ever happened to fifteen-year-old orphans Eliot and Fiona, who are trapped in the strict, oppressive household of their grandmother. A chance visit, however, reveals that the twins are the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness. To settle the epic custody battle between these two families, the fallen angels create three diabolical temptations, and the gods fashion three heroic trials to test Eliot and Fiona. The twins need to quickly learn how to use their budding supernatural abilities… for family allegiances are ever-shifting in the ancient, secret world they have entered.

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Jaz Parks Series by Jennifer Rardin

The series "presents a contemporary world in which mythological beings such as vampires and several less famous creatures are real, and follows the efforts of the Central Intelligence Agency to combat paranormal threats to national security." - Wikipedia. Very funny with wonderful references to contemporary culture.

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Best Epic Fantasy Books

List of the best epic fantasy books out there
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The Lord of the Rings-J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths

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The Hobbit

The book that started it all.

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George R.R. Martin Song Of Ice and Fire

The George R.R. Martin Song Of Ice and Fire.
George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 597
The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

The Chronicles of Narnia [C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes].

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil—the book that has it all is the lion

Apr 03, 2013 - amazon.com - 753
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
The bastard sons of kings play a noble role in fantasy: not only were King Arthur and Modred by-blows, but it is often suggested that Merlin himself came to power from the "wrong side of the bed." While Hobb's offering has a few too many illegitimate heirs backstabbing around, this is still a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.
Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 767
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) [Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett].

Philip Pullman's trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 750
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) - Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) [Ursula K. Le Guin].

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea,  but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless  youth

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine.

Jan 09, 2014 by Jason Cleave - amazon.com - 811
The Hunger Games (Book 1)

Starred Review. Reviewed by Megan Whalen Turner If there really are only seven original plots in the world, it's odd that boy meets girl is always mentioned, and society goes bad and attacks the good guy never is. Yet we have Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The House of the Scorpion-and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games.

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 821
Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen) [Steven Erikson]The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 665
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion [J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Ted Nasmith]
The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings

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The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) [Stephen King]. Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 734
The Children of Hurin - J. R. R. Tolkein

The Children of Húrin [J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Alan Lee]

Long before the One Ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom, one man—Húrin—dared to defy Morgoth

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TARANOR (Prophecy) - Helen Ellwood, John Raybould

The veil between the worlds is narrow here. Twists and turns on almost every page right from the gory beginning to the intriguing finale.
If Bryony cannot save Sheean in time, the Human and Faerie realms will be destroyed and her dreams of becoming a queen along with them.

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 750
Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword

Jul 20, 2012 - amazon.com - 665
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) - Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) [Jim Butcher]. For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world

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Game of Thrones – sexistisk?

Ja, det kan jag nog tycka att den delvis är. Rasistisk? Knappast. Avsaknaden av svarta är ju inte rasistiskt i sig. Det handlar helt enkelt om en planet, en värld där det inte finns några svarta, eller så finns det inte i den del av världen, planeten som det handlar om. Det är ju bara trams att påstå att det är rasism eftersom det inte finns några svarta.

Sexistiskt kan det däremot vara , kvinnor är i allmänhet framställda som skönhets- och sexobjekt, prostitution normaliserat och den värld som beskrivs är starkt patriarkalisk samt dessutom socialt stelnad. Född överklass, alltid överklass, född slav alltid slav osv . Att beskriva en sådan värld är dock inte per definition sexistiskt. I spel, litteratur, film och TV måste man kunna beskriva världar, företeelser och annat som vi i det vanliga livet i vår vanliga värld inte skulle acceptera. Man måste också kunna beskriva dessa som normala i den värld man beskriver. Så även om det blir sexistiskt så måste det vara tillåtet. Även om det blir rasistiskt måste det vara tillåtet. Men det är naturligtvis inte oproblematiskt:

I onsdags bjöd panelen in journalisten Teresa Axner för att reda ut begreppen.

– Martin hävdar att han har skrivit om en sexistisk värld. Men jämför serien med exempelvis ”Mad men”. När Mad Men-karaktären Joan blir våldtagen av sin fästman får man som tittare se hennes verkliga person och vad hon känner. Det mötet finns inte i ”Game of thrones”, menade Axner.

Malin Alkestrand doktorerar i fantasy-litteratur vid Lunds universitet:

– Att skildra en värld styrd av ett patriarkat är inte sexistiskt i sig. När Daenerys Targaryen i ”Game of thrones” blir våldtagen på sin bröllopsnatt och sedan lär sig ta makten i sovrummet, hittar hon då sin egen sexualitet eller gör hon bara sin plikt?

Som jag ser det måste det gå att beskriva samhällen som är skit och fel på många sätt i berättelser av olika slag. För nog är väl Njals saga eller Egil Skallagrimssons saga litteratur, stor litteratur även om det handlar om ett våldsbejakande, patriarkaliskt och sexistiskt samhälle. Och om vi kan acceptera Njals saga kan vi väl acceptera Game of Thrones. Eller?

Själv tycker jag att Game of Thrones är ganska spännande, kvinnoskildringarna är dock ofta lite tröttsamma, med undantag av Arya Stark (än så länge bara en flicka visserligen), Catelyn Stark, den obehagliga Cersei Lannister och  Daenerys Targaryen. Och ärligt sagt, nån madonna har jag inte sett till.

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Game of Thrones – imponerade inte

Efter att ha sett första avsnittet av Game of Thrones så måste jag måste säga att det inte imponerade. Det var fragmenterat och uppstyckat. Möjligen beroende på att man ville presentera de flesta inblandade och viktiga karaktärer i det första avsnittet.  Nu har jag inte läst böckerna så jag vet inte om alla viktiga personer verkligen presenterades eller inte. Men det kändes som om det var på det sättet som jag beskriver.

Sen tycktes producenterna/filmarna/regissören ha en viss förkärlek för att visa upp kvinnors bröst i tid och otid. Det verkade ibland helt onödigt, till och med lite malplacerat. Halvnakna och nakna kvinnor, men inga nakna män. Avsnittet var dock inte helt ointressant, men kanske packat med alltför mycket information. Det återstår att se hur fortsättningen kommer att bli, för jag ska se fler avsnitt. Kanske tar det sig.

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De har ”försvunnit” in i fantasy-böckerna

Troll, Tuvstarr, John BauerSagofigurerna, spökena, knytten ta försvunnit in i fantasy-böckerna, skräckböckerna- och filmerna. In i SF-litteraturen och SF-filmerna. In i rollspelens värld. Med lajv, brädspel etc. Där finns de alla, vättarna, tomtarna, alverna, älvorna, vampyrerna, varulvarna. Så de har egentligen inte försvunnit. Bara flyttat på sig. När vi inte längre skräms av vår omgivning låter vi oss kittlas och skrämmas av filmer, böcker och spel.

Men folkslivsforskaren Ebbe Schön har inte riktigt hängt med i denna utveckling tror jag (fast han har verkar dock ha viss kännedom om dagens läge). Oknytten som han sägerGengångare, monster, vampyrer och zombies. I fantasy-böckerna lever de. Drakarnagriparna och alla de andra sagoväsen som folktron i världens många länder skapat.

De lever vidare i annan form, som en slags kultur, ibland subkultur. Men alltid där. De lever och frodas i människans fantasi. Trots att det inte alltid är så mörkt i verkligheten, så är det ofta mörkt i böckernas, spelens och filmernas SF- eller fantasy-världar.

Och kanske blir de mer levande nu, när en SF-författare fått nobelpriset.

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Science Fiction av några röda nördar

Denna blogg ska handla om Science Fiction, Fantasy och annan verklighetsflykt. Naturligtvis med bias för socialistiska, anarkistiska och kollektiva framtidsvisioner, men förstås med recensioner, topplistor, kommentarer och annat kring alla former av SF- och Fantasykultur. Kartor, beskrivningar av olika världar och annat kommer naturligtvis också med. Sajten är ett svenskspråkigt komplement till den i huvudsak engelskspråkiga SF-wikisajten Svensson SF. Till att börja med kommer en del inlägg som Anders_S har skrivit på bloggen Svensson med liksom en del annat av olika skribenter som publicerats på annat håll. Detta för att snabbt fylla sajten med i alla fall lite innehåll. Men mer kommer allteftersom. På sajten finns också en större länksamling som kommer att bli ännu större med tiden.