Circle of the Lantern

Posted by Psilocybin at 1:27am Aug 1 '15
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"Circle of the Lantern" is a novel published this year by James E. Hopkins. I know Jim online. He has a conlang named Itlani, with more than 10,000 words of lexicon created, and uses it in this novel, where Itlani is spoken on the planet Itlán.

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James E. Hopkins is a healer, metaphysician, dancer, poet–author of Eden’s Day, storyteller, and constructed language (conlang) enthusiast. He holds a B.A. in French from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY and a Masters of Science in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, Birmingham, AL. . . . Jim loves reading and writing in English, Itlani, Esperanto and French. He enjoys history, philosophy, spirituality, metaphysics, scripts and languages, books, flags, and maps. He is a long time fan and student of the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, and H.P. Lovecraft.

"Circle of the Lantern" relates a fantasy tale from this extraterrestrial planet, one of the myths of the people, so it's kind of a fantasy-within-a-science-fiction-world story -- almost a creation myth or cosmogonic myth. You can actually read the beginning page of this annonated novel at

Fantasy's not my thing, but I thought we together could form a reading circle for Jim's book, with many of us buying it from Amazon, to help Jim out. Then we could discuss it at this board. It's available at Amazon through


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