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calmgrove | Exploring the world of ideas through books
March has been a bit of an unfocused month as far as the mainstay of this blog is concerned: books and reviews. A few excuses come to mind, but to be honest they’re not worth repeating. So, ...
Alienation versus destruction
Timothy B Husband “Creating the Cloisters”: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 70, no. 4 (Spring, 2013) Published in 2013 to mark the 75th anniversary of The Cloisters in New York, ...
Towards a neurodiverse world
Steve Silberman: NeuroTribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently Foreword by Oliver Sacks Allen & Unwin 2016 (2015) I have to admit that this wa...
Rainbow Rowell Kindred Spirits Macmillan 2016 “Kindred Spirits” is a novella the bestselling US author wrote especially for World Book Day 2016 in the UK and Ireland. Its sixty-odd pages tel...
Children of Silence
I apologise for the length of this post: do please skip it if you want, I won’t be offended! And I apologise for neglecting recent posts from blogs I follow, I’ve got a bit behind because of...
Wales and Tolkien
In ‘Where was The Shire?’ I mentioned a tradition, local to the Vale of Usk, claiming that Tolkien had not only written part of The Lord of the Rings in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, Wales but als...
Gerald Morgan Castles in Wales: A Handbook Y Lolfa 2008 It’s often claimed that, per square mile, Wales has the largest number of castles in the world.¹ Whether it’s the Welsh bigging themse...
Gregory Maguire After Alice Headline 2016 (2015) The title is the absolute epitome of what this novel is: a kaleidoscope of conflicting contradictions. Is it a literal description of us read...
Why alternate worlds?
Why do we want to have alternate worlds? It’s a way of making progress. You have to imagine something before you do it. Therefore, if you write about something, hopefully you write about som...
A celebration of true magic
This is a repost of a review first published 26th March 2014 and republished here to mark #MarchMagics and #DWJMarch, a celebration of all things Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett Diana ...
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