Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

“High fantasy also brings with it an added bonus in the middle of Winter term: total escapism”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

It’s midterm season again, but there are still brave Cadets managing to carve out a few moments of literary life for themselves!

27894 OCdt (III) Bernard Ahola is enjoying Mistborn at the moment, part of a whole series in high fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson’s oeuvre. How different is it from the world we know? “It’s totally different,” OCdt Ahola says. “The whole ecosystem is unrecognizable, from colours to the way the weather works, and one man rules over the whole world.” Is it believable? “Oh yes,” OCdt Ahola insists, “the characters are strong and the writing is really good.”

High fantasy also brings with it an added bonus in the middle of Winter term: total escapism. With so much work to do in the real world, OCdt Ahola finds a few minutes to escape each day: “When I want to use my imagination, I don’t want to apply it to the real world – I really want to experience something I’m not going to get here.”