Thursday, April 7, 2016

EON - Alison Goodman

The year is unknown, but she is in medieval Middle Earth. The climate is steeped in magick and eastern forms permeate the story so thoroughly that, even without the naming of the culture, you know roughly where you are in the world.

Eon is a story of a young Asian woman in what is known in the Orient as "Middle Earth". It's a common belief in Asian culture that we live in a middle realm, one that was borrowed by J.R.R.Tolkein. As Eon struggles to rise to the position of a sword bearing warrior, defying tradition on every level, she stumbles onto one of her country's oldest secrets. One of the first and most powerful warriors was a woman.

Contemporary on many levels, Eon is a feminist look into a traditional culture. Aussie, Goodman does a good job of painting a holistic view of a tradition steeped magick and a state dependent culture, although she does throw in a few modern spins that may or may not have flown back in that era.

Overall the book exemplifies the modern westernized fascination with a set of philosophies that they cannot quite grasp as they have no corresponding correlate in Western Philosophy. In the next eight minutes installation of "Everything Philosophy in 30 Minutes or Less", we'll be tracking Language, Inventions and Philosophers to try and help the Western mind track foreign emotions and ideas, before transitioning completely into the ideas found on other continents. 

For light readers in search of some interesting mental candy, Eon is a win.

Curious? You can purchase it here.

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