Free scholarly discussions of speculative literature led by Dr. Corey Olsen.

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War of the Jewels
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J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers
The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King
Unfinished Tales, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Unfinished Tales
Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Letters from Father Christmas

The History of Middle-earth

The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1
The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2
The Lays of Beleriand, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lays of Beleriand
The Shaping of Middle-earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Shaping of Middle-earth
The Lost Road and Other Writing, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lost Road and Other Writings
Return of the Shadow, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Return of the Shadow
The Treason of Isengard, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Treason of Isengard
The War of the Ring
The War of the Ring
Sauron Defeated
Sauron Defeated
Morgoth's Ring
Morgoth's Ring


Dracula, by Bram Stoker
A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
The Princess Bride
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Watership Down

Science Fiction

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Out of the Silent Planet
Out of the Silent Planet
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Medieval Literature

The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
The Consolation of Philosophy
Inferno, Dante Alighieri
Le Morte d'Arthur
Le Morte d'Arthur