Review “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004)

Directed by the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is an animated fantasy about a young woman who is cursed by a witch, and becomes embroiled with a wizard who lives in a house on legs. The story is set in an imaginary world with steampunk-style technology, and also magic, demons, and so on. Miyazaki…

Review “Klaus” (2019).

Klaus” is an animated movie that starts with a standard plot device of a spoiled rich boy who is sent to an out of the way location by his father. He is informed he is going to be the postman of a small town on a small island called Smeerensberg. His father says he must…

Mirror Magic

Recently I finished reading a children’s book called “The Night of the Solstice” by Lisa Smith, which contained the idea of mirrors being used as gateways to another world. So this got me thinking about magic mirrors and how they have featured in legends and fiction over the ages. In ancient times mirrors could be…

Review “The Moon of Gomrath” by Alan Garner

This is a children’s fantasy, published in 1963, which is a sequel to “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”. It deals with the adventures of brother and sister Colin and Susan, who discover that beings regarded as fairy tales exist right along side human beings, and that magic really does exist. I first read this as a…