The Revenent: A Novel of Revenge


Ok, so, oddly enough, I married someone who does not “love” to read. Well, that isn’t entirely true. He enjoys reading non-fiction – almost always Christian – books on growth. All of which are wonderful and from which he has learned a great deal.

But when I come across a story that starts out as exciting as The Revenent: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke, I will inevitably toss it his way. On this particular day, I handed him the book saying, “Just got this and I think you might actually like this one!” He proceeded to take a glance and begin reading. So engrossed was he in the story of Hugh Glass’s betrayal, that he read into the night until he had finished.

Granted this novel is not entirely fiction, the prose is presented in a way that paints an entrancing picture of the mid-western plains in the early frontier more vividly than most historical accounts. As a reader, I was dragged into the burning anger Glass feels towards his betrayers. His plight to regain his health and survive the savage brutality and unpredictability of the Pawnee and other Native American attacks and devastating weather made me ache with cold and twitch at the thought of arrows whizzing past.

Punke includes historical notes at the end of Glass’s story. In these notes, Punke reveals what facts he had researched and which parts of his story were added or changed to complete the tale to the best of his ability. Punke’s version of the Hugh Glass story is not the only account. There are others to be read. This particular version focuses on the revenge that Glass wants to seek against those who abandoned him after being attacked by a grizzly bear. And although the title is “A Novel of Revenge”, I found it to also be a story of redemption and change.

This is an exciting and moving tale of anger, betrayal, surrender and life. The historical nature of Hugh Glass’s story adds a certain sense of intrigue and mystique. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge is definitely one to be added to the TBR pile! (rated PG-13/borderline R – for graphic violence and brutality)


**Normally I like to recommend a movie if one has been made based on a book. I do NOT wish to do that at this point. I was sadly disappointed in the cinematic adaptation of this story. Feel free to watch it and judge for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!


#AtoZChallenge: F

Everyone has been so encouraging about my theme and haiku! So far the challenge has been really fun and I’m enjoying it immensely. Thank you for visiting the Story Realm!


Theme: My Favorite Stories in Haiku

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a dystopian society in which firemen start fires. The fires destroy art and books and individual thinking. Guy Montag is a fireman. His late night calls are not to save children from burning buildings.  They are to ignite pages of words that create worlds and watch them singe and curl into nothing.

Bradbury describes a society that is at once organized and comfortingly predictable, but also restrictive and divisive. Life is bland and colorless. Relationships are shallow and filled with distrust. This Orwellian world paints a picture of the consequences of censorship and oppressive government.

F is for Fahrenheit 451

They burned all the books.

Razed color, light, thought and choice.

Their souls lay in ash.


I would also recommend the action film Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale. The film is an incredibly exciting adaptation of the novel for screen. It is definitely a favorite of mine.

Movie Monday

**DISCLAIMER** Clearly it is NOT Monday. However, I began this post on Monday with every intention of finishing said post ON MONDAY. Unfortunately, 2 of my little sprites came home from school sick – and since all magical creatures need nurturing and care, I was called away from my writing duties.  Soooooo, let’s try again.

Mondays will heretofore be known as “Movie Monday”! Who wouldn’t rather think movies on a Monday than….well, than anything that usually occurs on Monday.  You’re welcome.

When I was a kid, I spent lots of time with my dad engrossed in Star Trek and Star Wars. I know, I know. Most nerds out there want to be one or the other, Trekkie or Jedi, Marvel or DC, monsters or aliens…do we really have to make a choice? On this forum, NO! We don’t! We are going to embrace it all – from the “Trouble with Tribbles” to A New Hope. That’s how my dad raised me – to treat all syfy entities the same.


And so, it is with great enthusiasm that I embark on this discussion about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know some fans were less than pleased with the new installment, however, I found it enjoyable, fun, exciting, memorable and an excellent tribute to the original Episodes IV, V and VI.

BB8 found its way into our hearts as the lovable android sidekick. And following in the footsteps of R2D2 and C3PO, almost stole the show.  Everyone is happy that Epi VII didn’t experience another mishap like JarJar Binks…

The filming itself was simple and understated.  It seemed that with the newer installments of Epis I-III that filmmakers were trying to awe the audience with over the top special effects. Star Wars has no need for special effects – IT HAS LIGHT SABERS! ….and a Wookie.

I was super excited to have Chewie back in the game. Harrison Ford and Ms. Fisher were spot on.  Their presence made the film endearing and almost like coming home.  Thank goodness no one let slip any spoilers before I was able to see the show – otherwise I wouldn’t have nerded out with a shout of excitement and joy when the Millennium Falcon made its first appearance.


The acting was on par with previous Star Wars features.  No one is going to win an Oscar for the series, but he or she will certainly find an incredible fandom previously unknown.  Daisy Ridley was memorable as Rey and portrayed a remarkable, budding young Jedi. She was strong willed and persistent without being offputting as a character. John Boyega’s character Finn was a great complement to Ridley’s Rey. The two played well off one another and both are characters I look forward to seeing more of in future episodes.

So what are your thoughts? Did you like the new installment? Or not? Either one is perfectly acceptable. Jump on in with your thoughts. Oh, and may the force be with you.

(Star Wars images from: Rey: / Finn:


From Rivendell to Terminus…

In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbossa warns: “Here there be monsters.” And he is right. Story is full of monsters – orcs, zombies, vampires and werewolves.  But it is also full of love, romance, hope, joy, heartbreak and homecoming. These are the things that I hope to unravel here in the story realm.  To more fully open this place to us.

And so from Lord of the Rings to Walking Dead I want to discuss the roads and avenues of these stories that we usually skim over.  Or the ones that touch our hearts, but that we let flit away so quickly.  The Talking Dead live talk show may be one of the most brilliant additions to a fave TV show. How has no one every done this before!? Created a forum in which we can carry the story on for just a few more minutes! Discuss the incredible events that took place?!

Whether it is books, TV or film, The Story Realm is where we shall come to gnaw on those great morsels of story we can’t get enough of.  So grab your sniper rifle, your sword, your throwing stars and your tissues because “here there be monsters.”