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Chris · 16h ago

Infernal visions

Jeannette Ng: Under the Pendulum Sun Angry Robot Books 2017 “Two-thirds of the way through Shirley Caroline Helstone’s eyes change from brown to blue. This is not an unparalleled phenomenon ...
Chris · 6d ago

Poetry matters

I’m not a poetry kind of guy. I don’t curl up with a book of verses to lose myself, or quote passages to fellow aficionados. Poetry I find over-stimulating in a way that’s different from pro...
Chris · 1W ago

Light on a crime

Georges Simenon: Maigret in Holland Un Crime en Hollande (1931) translated (1940) by Geoffrey Sainsbury Harvest / Harcourt Brace 1994 A tale that features the beam from a lighthouse, a young...
Chris · 1W ago

Awe, or just plain Aw?

Wandering among Words 6: Awe I’m no etymologist but I do like exploring the genealogies of words: quite often these interrelated family trees reveal the real power of both the spoken and the...
Chris · 1W ago

Spelling it out

Occasionally it’s nice to do a fun meme, right? Here’s one that grabbed my attention, courtesy of Lynne at Fictionophile via Paula at Book Jotter. There are Rules — of course — for My Blog’s...
Chris · 2W ago

A little piece of Middle Earth

Seamus Hamill-Keays‘Tolkien and Buckland: An Analysis of the Evidence’Brycheiniog: Cyfnodolyn Cymdeithas Brycheiniog /The Journal of the Brecknock Society XLIX 2018 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien...
Chris · 2W ago

Hell hath no fury

Jan Newton: Remember No More Honno Press 2017 Detective Sergeant Julie Kite has upped sticks from Manchester to rural Mid Wales, her transfer determined by her husband Adam accepting a post ...
Chris · 2W ago

This is not a challenge

It really isn’t. We’re now a third of the way through the year and I thought I would take stock of where I’ve travelled in the world of books. Turns out it’s not been too bad: fifteen books ...
Chris · 3W ago

All at sea

Christopher Priest: Inverted World Introduction by Adam Roberts Gollancz SF Masterworks 2010 (1974) This is a beguiling read. We’re presented with so much in the way of supportive material, ...
Chris · 3W ago

A beautiful and terrible thing

J K Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger Bloomsbury 2008 (2007) Here is a set of Chinese boxes, fitting intricately one inside the ot...