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Charles P. Shingledecker

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  • The Modern Scholar: Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
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    In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.

    Jefferson says: "An Informative, Stimulating, and Enjoyable Class"
    "Excellent, entertaining and illuminating!"
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    This series of lectures is absolutely amazing! The Professor absolutely LOVES his subject and makes listening to the series a pure joy. I'm a big Fantasy geek, but this series has given me new insight into the genre as well as sparked my interest in books I might not have otherwise read. (Harry Potter) Over half the lectures focus on Tolkien, for good reason. The father of modern fantasy is explored and I learned more about Tolkien and Lord of the Rings in just a week of listening to these lectures than I have in years. He doesn't over analyze Tolkien like some people tend to do, but definitely treats him with the respect he deserves. It's also fun to hear him read some of the poems in Elvish etc... He touches on the Earthsea books and a number of other fantasy books as well. I would like to have heard his take on some books and authors he left out, (The Last Unicorn, the Sword of Truth) however I was more than pleased with this course and will listen to it over and over again. 5 stars for anyone interested in Fantasy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (226)
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    (125)
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    The best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not? Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.

    Timothy says: "Nerdy? Probably... Enjoyable? Yes"
    "Another winner from Drout"
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    From Here to Infinity is another 5 star course from Michael Drout. His enthusiasm for the subject is intoxicating. Obviously this is a course on Science Fiction and he goes into the origins and evolution of the genre in a detailed and entertaining fashion, but it is far more than that. Drout digs into the depths of the genre and explores the genre's different takes on the "big issues" of life and mystery. If you're an SF fan you simply have to listen to this course! It will give you a new and deeper appreciation for what you love about SF and it will open up the genre in a new way. He introduced me to authors that I had never heard of and made me want to read books that I may not have considered previously. If you're not that into SF then you too should listen to the course. It will give you a new appreciation for the complex philosophical questions with which the genre wrestles and for me -- it made me love SF a whole lot more than I previously did! Drout is the man!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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