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Tower of Iron Will

All who enter the Tower regain 100 sanity points.

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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Randall Munroe, James Foreman, K. Sekelsky, Camron Miller, John Chernega, David Michael Wharton, K.M. Lawrence, Jeffrey C. Wells, Vera Brosgol, Kit Yona, J. Jack Unrau, Jeff Stautz, Aaron Diaz, Matthew Bennardo, Yahtzee Croshaw, Douglas J. Lane, Brian Quinlan, Kate Beaton
Meditations on Middle Earth: New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien - Douglas A. Anderson, John Howe, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Diane Duane, George R.R. Martin, Michael Swanwick, Charles de Lint, Raymond E. Feist, Esther M. Friesner, Harry Turtledove, Karen Haber, Poul Anderson, Lisa Goldstein, Terri Windling, G A few of these essays are brilliant, but there is a depressing recurring element to a lot of them. Repeatedly the authors reveal themselves to have been teenage loners and social outcasts who discovered Middle Earth at a critical stage and it became the perfect escape. If you are like me and bristle at Fantasy fiction being dismissed by critics as escapist, it is a tad disheartening to see the cliché so thoroughly reinforced by Fantasy's practitioners.