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Do fictional battles hold up under modern military scrutiny? Dr. Timothy Furnish has almost three decades of education and experience in history, religion, culture, politics, and geopolitics. Given his experience and interests, it was a natural progression to examine the military strategies of Middle-earth. In his search for books on the subject, he found none that satisfied the questions burning in his mind. Obviously, he would have to write the book he wanted to read.

The book includes full-color illustrations by artist Anke Eissman, which bring the scenarios vividly to life. Additionally, the expert mapping skills of Aaron Siddall (me!) make it easy to follow strategies, battles and landscapes. Furnish examines the battles and artillery from the perspective of the cultures and politics of the different groups involved: elves, dwarves, men, and orcs. His enthusiasm and expertise is woven throughout the text.

High Towers and Strong Places: A Political History of Middle-earth by Tim Furnish should be a welcome addition to the libraries of anyone who is interested in military strategy, as well as gamers and Middle-earth fans.

This quality publication may be purchased HERE.

House On Troll Hill

Good news! Donita K. Paul and Aaron Siddall (me) have published a book! House on Troll Hill is an excellent reading aid as well as a fun story for the young and young at heart.

Here is the official press release:



Available at  Amazon book sales

A reasonably priced, much-needed addition to books for beginning readers.  House on Troll Hill presents just the right content to seize a reluctant reader’s attention and motivate him to push forward.

When a young reader chooses a book, he picks up something that won’t make him look silly among his classmates. Puppies and kitties, turtles and fish, drawn with an eye for cutesy and color, give off the aura of “baby books.” It’s no fun to struggle through reading while your friends snicker. An appealing book does not advertise its low level.

House on Troll Hill looks sophisticated. As it engages the child with a fun tale and intriguing pictures, it also provides reading practice. Complex sentences challenge the reader. Quick, snappy sentences reward his persistence and offer incentive to “read on.”

The combination of story by bestselling fantasy author, Donita K.Paul, and illustrations by master of line art, Aaron Siddall, gives parents and teachers a book to put in the hands of reluctant readers.


So come on by and get a copy! THis book is a perfect gift for kids and other reluctant readers.