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Chris · 2d ago

A Cassandra role

Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Strain Ballantine Books 1993 (1969) Certainly the Wildfire team was under severe stress, but they were also prepared to make mistakes. They had even predicted...
Chris · 1W ago

Manual for men

J A Hazeley and J P Morris How It Works: The Husband Ladybird Books 2015 My guess is that this book is designed for anyone who is not a husband — the wife, the fiancée, the boy in need of a ...
Chris · 1W ago

Dido and the Brontës

Are you wondering what’s happened to Dido Twite, the engaging young heroine of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles? Yes? Then read on. No? Still, do keep reading, because if you’re a fan of the B...
Chris · 2W ago

Vicarious voyeurs

Kate Atkinson: Case Histories Black Swan 2005 (2004) A wonderfully intricate novel — my paperback edition has a gold interlace pattern on the cover, as if to underline to interplay of charac...
Chris · 2W ago

Fantasyland

Diana Wynne Jones The Tough Guide to Fantasyland Gollancz 2004 (1996) Dark Lord (dread lord). There is always one of these in the background of every Tour, attempting to ruin everything and ...
Chris · 3W ago

A heavy responsibility well acquitted

Diana Wynne Jones Reflections: On the Magic of Writing Foreword by Neil Gaiman Greenwillow Books 2012 Where to start? Diana Wynne Jones was a very individual and distinctive voice within Bri...
Chris · 3W ago

Who is the Dark Lord?

Roland Chesney has found a way to access a parallel world, a world of real fantasy and magic. For four decades he has sent Pilgrim Parties on tourist package holidays to these lands, forcing...
Chris · 4W ago

A slow smouldering

Henry James: The Spoils of Poynton Edited with an introduction by David Lodge, notes by Patricia Crick Penguin Classics 1987 (1897) This is an extraordinarily intense novella: intense in its...
Chris · 4W ago

Cockatoo memento mori

Grandmother Mary once had a canary (or so it was said at the zoo) though I was distracted, nay, even attracted by large piles of elephant poo. It wasn’t the smell — this much I could tell — ...
Chris · 1M ago

The Joy of Books (2)

  We’ve seen the sign. We’ve admired the façade. We’ve gone as far as opening the door and stepping over the threshold. What delights await us as the tinkle of the bell dies away? We hope fo...