Ever since reading Annalee Newitz's review of Hild earlier this week, I've been intrigued by her concept of "skepical fantasy," or works that "[treat] magic as politically-charged superstition rather than an otherworldly power." I've always been interested in novels or stories that feel like fantasy, and might even leave room for the possibility of the magical or supernatural, but don't treat the fantastic as a given. I am probably stretching Annalee's concept here, since she sees "magic" as having a purely political dimension, but I am fascinated by the "skeptical" aspect, which forces the characters and the readers to embrace a wider — and weirder — interpretation of "otherworldly" phenomena.
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