Category Archives: Fantasy

Flotsam and Jetsam

4 books reviewed here, and from them you’ll get a sense of my odd taste in reading these days. No particular reason for it — each one spurred by happenstance, satisfying a yen, or whatever. Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees (1926, … Continue reading

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Shore leave ends

Last night I finished The Secret Commonwealth (Vol 2 of Pullman’s follow-up series to His Dark Materials) and sent it back (virtually, and virtuously) to the NYPL. By now, another patient reader has begun this dark and compelling tale. I … Continue reading

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A penny for the guy

Happy Guy Fawkes Day! To wind up Witch Week, we’re exploring a political fantasy by Diana Wynne Jones appropriate to this day of “gunpowder treason and plot“. Head over to Calmgrove to read our discussion of Cart & Cwidder. If … Continue reading

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Evil too close to home

What’s that police van doing here, you ask? Well, it’s a subtle reference to the title character in one of Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy novels, whose villain Jean Lee (from Jean Lee’s World) discusses in detail in today’s Witch Week … Continue reading

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There’s more than one kind of wolf

Today’s Witch Week post, from my WW2019 co-host, Chris at Calmgrove, is all about the despicable and heinous, the selfish and greedy — the altogether dreadful villains of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles. Whether you know Aiken’s series well, or are … Continue reading

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Images most horrifying

Day 2 of Witch Week, and I’m honored that my review of villains in graphic novels is featured today over at Calmgrove. And someday I may explain all about the Bat-winged Hamburger Snatcher, who is, alas, NOT included in my … Continue reading

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A frosty queen

First up for Witch Week, Laurie from Relevant Obscurity explores Narnia’s arch villain, Jadis. Read what Laurie has to say about this infamous evil queen at Calmgrove. And as a little Halloween treat, this oldie from Sesame Street:

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