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A Matter of Lives and DEATH
Over at Kristen’s We Be Reading blog the annual March Magics celebration of the work of Diana Wynne Jones — to which was recently added the fiction of Sir Terry Pratchett — will be observed,...
Actually, this title’s a sprat to catch a mackerel: my reading progress appears to have been minimal this month, as you may have noticed from my February posts. I’ve read a couple of kids’ b...
New Cumbria (3)
Dido Twite has been doing a lot of travelling, first on a British naval ship from Nantucket to Tenby, and then by riverboat and railway to Bath Regis. Why Joan Aiken chose to bring her young...
New Cumbria (2)
Yet more now on Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake, to the possible delight of fans of the Wolves Chronicles and the certain dismay of everyone else. We left Dido Twite at the port of Tenby, at th...
New Cumbria (1)
It’s time for another update on the world of Dido Twite according to the account in Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake. We’ve had an overview, and we’ve looked at the main personages (the ‘who’) a...
Originally posted on Zenrinji: If ever forced to try out swordplay I’d fail to be a Cyrano. And as for impro wordplay, expecting puns? Oh, sirrah, no! Clash of steel best fitting crossed swo...
Erich Kästner: Emil and the Detectives Translated from the German by Eileen Hall Illustrated by Walter Trier Vintage Classics 2012 (English translation 1959; Emil und die Detektive was first...
In praise of political correctness
Political correctness gone mad. How many times have you heard this phrase? Me, I’ve lost count, but I could almost guarantee that the person speaking it has it in mind to say something outra...
Where was The Shire?
Harken, friends of Halflings, I have a question! But before I ask it, let me lay bare the background. Here in the Black Mountains of Wales, in the Vale of the Usk, there is a popular local t...
Miss Pittikin Pattikin and others
Another post looking at the background to Joan Aiken’s The Stolen Lake (1981) with its wonderful amalgam of history, alternate history, legend and whimsy. This one will look at the persons m...
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