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The Size Of It

I thought we’d talk about a non-fiction book this week for a change, although bear with me as I inevitably get a side-tracked. I’m currently reading Crow Country by Mark Cocker and it’s lovely. He’s a British author and naturalist, and loves crows. Passionate and slightly obsessed, he writes about his thoughts and experiences inContinue reading “The Size Of It”

The future… as seen from the early 1980s

Let’s talk about graphic novels for a change. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I read a lot across all sorts of genres. I’m currently reading Portrait of a Mutant written by Alan Grant. The graphic novel was published in 2002, a reprintContinue reading “The future… as seen from the early 1980s”

The Lord of the Limited Colour Palette

A couple of months ago, I was talking about Odd Colours in the Odyssey, about how Ancient Greek didn’t have a word for ‘blue’ (which I think is pretty interesting, go take a look if you missed it). In the comments, calmgrove got me interested in another related topic – the use of colour descriptionsContinue reading “The Lord of the Limited Colour Palette”

‘Boots’ Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett for a lot of reasons. Somewhere between the fantastical worlds he writes about and the recognisable, relatable characters that inhabit them, between the magic and the mundane aspects that move forward the plots, I always find something new in them. I have loved his books since I wasContinue reading “‘Boots’ Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness”

Pets in the Underworld

I’m a big fan of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. There are currently 17 novels in the series, each one narrated by Harry Dresden who is both a wizard and, at least to start with, also a private investigator. It’s contemporary fantasy with a large cast of faeries, demons, vampires and other monsters, andContinue reading “Pets in the Underworld”

Inspiration for Ice and Fire

I’m a big fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, the epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, and I hope the next one will be released soon. There has been (and continues to be) a lot of discussion about influences and I have two more ideas to throw into theContinue reading “Inspiration for Ice and Fire”

Beekeeper on the Argo

You’ve heard of Jason and the Argonauts, right? Fifty heroes of ancient Greek mythology who went on a quest for the Golden Fleece. It’s a very exciting story but I won’t go into the plot, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But you’d make certain assumptions about what these heroes were good at,Continue reading “Beekeeper on the Argo”