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Chris · 2d ago

Break

A temporary post to let regular readers know I shall be offline for a little while — but not to worry! I shall return in due course with, hopefully, further goodies. Like Icarus in Pieter Br...
Chris · 5d ago

Forest peoples

There’s too much blame mysterious about this island. — Dido’s observation in chapter 6 This is another post in the series giving the background to one of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles, Limb...
Chris · 1W ago

Who’s who on Aratu

In Joan Aiken’s Limbo Lodge we meet with a number of individuals who haven’t appeared elsewhere in the Wolves Chronicles. Joan (see, we’re all on first-name terms!) is adept at making these ...
Chris · 1W ago

Cynical but insightful

Nick Yapp: Bluff Your Way in Teaching Ravette Publishing 1998 (1987) This fell out of the bookshelves recently where it had somehow got wodged in and unnoticed. I didn’t ignore the irony as ...
Chris · 2W ago

The Island of Pearl Snakes

Joan Aiken’s Limbo Lodge (1998) is one of the most detailed of the Wolves Chronicles to date, certainly in terms of the chronicles’ internal chronology if not their writing history. I have c...
Chris · 2W ago

Rooms in a doll’s house

Tove Jansson: Art in Nature Dockskåpet (1978) translated by Thomas Teal Sort Of Books 2012 Art in Nature presents us with extraordinarily intimate portraits of Finns and others caught up in ...
Chris · 2W ago

Dido in danger

Joan Aiken: Limbo Lodge (Dangerous Games in the US) Red Fox 2004 (1999) On the back cover of my edition of Limbo Lodge is a quote from Philip Pullman: What I relish in particular is the swif...
Chris · 3W ago

Into the woods

Kate Hamer: The Girl in the Red Coat Faber & Faber 2015 An impressive debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat thoroughly deserves its plaudits. Part magic realism, part fairytale, part contemp...
Chris · 3W ago

Dido and the Spice Islands

We last left Dido Twite in South America, about to finally sail back home to England. But Dido is finding out that things don’t always go to plan when she sets off on her voyages. She had be...
Chris · 3W ago

Paradise lost

Ursula K Le Guin: The Word for World is Forest Introduction by Ken MacLeod SF Masterworks: Gollancz 2014 (1972/6) A novella I’ve had on my shelves for a couple of years, The Word for World i...