Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents

Bizarre Fan Theories Examined is a segment that takes some of the most unusual fan theories from across the internet and analyzes them based on the evidence.

This post may contain spoilers for The Lord of the Rings books and movies.


I first ran across this theory a few years ago on a Lord of the Rings fan forum. It’s one of those theories that sounds completely crazy, but that has a surprising amount of circumstantial evidence to back it up. I mean, obviously the books don’t directly support it or it wouldn’t be a “bizarre fan theory.” And we’re unlikely to get any sort of Word of God statement on this one because as far as I can tell, Tolkien never addressed it and he’s been deceased for decades. Most people seem to dismiss this theory out of hand, but I like to chew it over from time to time … partly because I think it would be an interesting detail thematically. Continue reading “Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents”

Three Reasons You Should Read The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Whelp, The Stars are Legion was an awesome book. Honestly, I had been stuck in a slump of reading mediocre books for several months, so to  find this gem of a novel was the best thing to happen to me since that new frozen yogurt place opened up down the street. As I was attempting to write a straight review of this book, I realized that I didn’t have anything negative to say about it … which is a real rarity for me – not because I’m constantly negative or anything, but because I have a wee bit of a tendency to overanalyze media. If I was forced to level a criticism, then I might say that the first 25% of the book was paced slowly, but this is true of so many novels that are amazing that I think taking a lot of time to set things up can often make a story better. I could just rave about all the many things about this book that are awesome all day … but in the interest of not writing a 10,000 word essay, I’ve decided to just list three things that I found particularly great about this book. Continue reading “Three Reasons You Should Read The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley”

Review: Version Control by Dexter Palmer

Spoiler Alert: This review contains some spoilers.

Wow. I don’t get to read books as good as Version Control very often. I mean, I should probably preface this review by saying that I don’t think every fan of science fiction or time travel stories will enjoy this book. This is because even though this novel has clear science fiction elements, it often feels more like a contemporary or literary novel than a science fiction one. It is supremely character driven and the plot (although very good) takes a back seat. There are various digressions into the thoughts and lives of characters who aren’t particularly important to the overall story. There are discussions about philosophy, religion, and race. There are numerous ruminations on the dating habits of millennials. All of this is really well done and fascinating, but if your idea of a good science fiction novel is a tightly plotted, action-packed type of affair, then this book may not be for you.

All that said, I absolutely loved Version Control. The book centers on a rather ordinary-seeming millennial woman named Rebecca Wright. The novel is initially split between chapters in which she is a young woman dealing with unemployment and trying to decide whether she should marry a dude she met on a dating site and chapters in which she is middle-aged and dealing with the loss of a child and a crumbling marriage. This sounds like the description for a literary novel, right? So where does the science fiction come in? Well, Rebecca’s husband Phillip leads a team of physicists in attempting to build a time machine (which they all insist on calling a “causality violation device”). Continue reading “Review: Version Control by Dexter Palmer”

Why The “Bad Slytherin” is One of the Most Important Ideas In the Harry Potter Books

Fandom, we need to talk about Slytherin.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the issue of Slytherin and indeed any issue pertaining the Harry Potter sorting system has been talked to death. Fandom, you have given us everything from wonderfully detailed sorting systems to ruminations on the nature of choice to hardcore Slytherin apologia. And that’s cool! One of best aspects of fandom is its ability to make us see the original creation in ways that we previously couldn’t have imagined. Continue reading “Why The “Bad Slytherin” is One of the Most Important Ideas In the Harry Potter Books”