I recently found this book review which argues that “there is no Jewish Narnia”.
The author seems to mean two things:
- There is no major Jewish writer in the ‘epic fantasy’ tradition of Tolkien.
- There is no fantasy world which is Jewish in the same way that Narnia is Christian.
There are major Jewish writers of fantasy in the broader sense (for example Neil Gaiman), several important people in comics (Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster), and of course lots of science fiction writers (Isaac Asimov).
The essay is interesting, but I think it might be needlessly complex, and possibly inaccurate, to argue that Judaism is inherently oriented towards the real world and modernity while Christianity is inherently oriented towards imaginary worlds and the past. How does Kabbalah fit into that theory?
It seems to me that the most likely reason for point 1 above is that (as the author points out), Jewish people are going to have problems overlooking the problems with medieval chivalry. You’re probably going to have problems writing ‘orcs’- near-humans that are there to be killed by the heroes- when your ancestors were forced into that historical role.
I can’t, however, think of a similarly simple explanation for point 2.
The fourth chapter of The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is now up.
That covers most of what I already had written of this story. The response so far has been less than I’d hoped for, so I’m probably going to take a break from this story to concentrate on one set in Teleleli.
The third chapter of The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is now up on JukePop Serials. Read it here. Note that you need to sign up for a free account to read past chapter one.
The second chapter of my superhero / detective story has just gone up on JukePop Serials. Read it here. The first chapter is here.
EDIT: To read the second chapter you need to set up a (free) account, and log in.
Some people might be interested in the Public Domain Super Heroes wiki.
I’ve been trying to find a similar listing for heroes from the ‘pulps’, but there doesn’t seem to be one.
None of the main characters in The Case of the Syphilitic Sister are pre-existing characters, but they’re intended to be recognisable ‘types’.
Bugbears For Breakfast has posted a review of Chapter One of The Case of the Syphilitic Sister.
I’m planning to post Chapter Two in roughly a week.
Daddy Grognard recently posted a review of the first chapter of The Case of the Syphilitic Sister. You can read the review here.
The title of my serial, The Case of the Syphilitic Sister, has gotten a variety of reactions.
Someone on the Scribophile forum said it was the best title on the site.
But this blog post suggests I change it.
The story was originally called All-American Detectives, which was meant to sound like a comic book (I was probably thinking of Detective Comics, which was a comic featuring Batman, and is also where DC gets its name).
However the editors of JukePop Serials thought it was too generic. The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is meant to sound like a ‘hardboiled’ detective story.
Anyway, I’d be interested to know what everyone thinks.