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Chris · 17h ago

What the mountain whispered

I posted a review of Joan Aiken’s The Whispering Mountain with a promise of further discussion based on copious notes I did a few years back, and with this post I’m starting to fulfil that p...
Chris · 4d ago

How to spot a reader

The surefire way to identify an eager beaver young reader is to listen to them. How do they pronounce the words they’ve seen in print but never heard? Do they — as I remember being sniggered...
Chris · 1w ago

In a spin

In yet another attempt to tackle my to-be-read pile I’ve decided to take a leaf out of the book put together by The Classics Club blog. They have a concept called the ‘Classics Spin’, as det...
Chris · 2M ago

Lively and inventive

Joan Aiken The Whispering Mountain Puffin 1970 / Red Fox 1992 (1968) Not strictly a prequel to the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence (our young hero Owen Hughes re-appears around the time ...
Chris · 1W ago

Like a Hyena

Eftsoones out of her hidden cave she called An hideous beast, of horrible aspect, That could the stoutest courage have appalled; Monstrous misshaped, and all his back was specked With thousa...
Chris · 2W ago

Parallels

Geoffrey Ashe: “A Certain Very Ancient Book”; Traces of an Arthurian Source in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History. Speculum 56, 2: 1981 Geoffrey Ashe in association with Debrett’s Peerage The Di...
Chris · 2W ago

Rex Futurus

I have a confession: I’m not a fan of Arthurian fiction. There, I’ve said it. Why so? It comes from a half century of involvement in Arthurian matters, from archaeological research to editin...
Chris · 2W ago

Heart and soul

Philip Pullman: Clockwork, or All Wound Up Illustrated by Peter Bailey Corgi Yearling Books 2004 (1996) Delicious fun is how best to describe this tale within tales. Here we find Pullman tel...
Chris · 4W ago

Literal rather than literary

Three Arthurian Romances: poems from Medieval France Translated with an introduction and notes by Ross G Arthur Everyman 1996 The three poems offered in translation here are Caradoc, followe...
Chris · 3W ago

Chalking it up to experience

Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men Illustrated by Paul Kidby Corgi 2012 (2003) ‘The thing about witchcraft,’ said Mistress Weatherwax, ‘is that it’s not like school at all. First you get the ...