Then and Now #3 (8/2 - 8/8)
- Prime's Tolkien Series Is Delayed, But Is That What I Think It Is?!
- Review: The Double by Ann Gosslin
- Friday Friyay: Emotions in Old Norse Literature by Sif Rikhardsdottir
- Sir Gawain & The Green Knight - From Poem to Film: Arthur's Court and Fading Glory
I discovered a new podcast and it is honestly blowing my mind! It is The Silt Verses, a Horror-Fantasy podcast that is honestly everything I could ask for. It is produced and written by Jon Ware and Muna Hussen and has some amazing voice work. It is definitely scary and beautiful and hits allll the folklore spots. Here's the blurb!
The first season is only 13 episodes in which means you can fully get into it. Warning: this is horror so there are body transformations, body horror, blood and gore, and discussions of mental health. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Podcast Addict!
My other recommendation is that I went to see The Green Knight and my mind was blown. It is definitely a Surrealist film so the viewing experience is at times a little disorienting, but that's the point! As a Medievalist of course I have many thoughts, but the first of my posts about it is already up, in case you're interested! Below is the trailer, so treat yourself to some visual delights before we dip back into books.
Shiori'anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she's been taught all her life to forswear--no matter what the cost.
Weaving together elements of The Wild Swans, Cinderella, the legend of Chang E, and the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Elizabeth Lim has crafted a fantasy like no other, and one that will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.
I absolutely have Marie over at Pages to Explore to thank for this one! I saw it during the Friday memes, featured on her blog, and I quite simply couldn't not buy it. So here we are and I'm thrillleedddd...
Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.
Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.
Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles - and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent - whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.
When a fateful decision to help an outsider ends in an accusation of witchcraft, fire blazes through their village. Rabbi Isaac and his family are forced to flee, to abandon their magic and settle into a new way of life. But a dark fog is making its way across Europe and will, in the end, reach even those who thought they could run from it. Each of the sisters will have to make a choice - and change the future of their family forever.
So that's me! I think this might be one of the longest posts I've ever written that wasn't a poetry analysis or my own writing? Can't wait to see what y'all have been up to!