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“It was salutory to remember, I told myself, that writers and other creative artists do not relish other people’s ideas. They usually have more than enough of their own, and well-meant suggestions only add to the burden of their already over-stocked minds.” Miss Read, Farewell to Fairacre (1993)
My last 5 posts
- #WitchWeek2020: The end is nigh! November 6, 2020
- #WitchWeek2020 Day 6: MEXICAN GOTHIC and the Classic Gothic Tale November 5, 2020
- #WitchWeek2020 Day 5: Gothic fantasy, with puppets November 4, 2020
- #WitchWeek2020 Day 4: M R James and the Gothic Tradition November 3, 2020
- #WitchWeek2020 Day 3: The Graveyard Book November 2, 2020
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Category Archives: Travel
Despite being set in two different centuries, nearly 100 years apart, the books in today’s post share one element: a blinkered Euro-centric view of life “down under”. Read on to see what I mean. In A Town Like Alice (1950, … Continue reading
To kick-off my themed posts over the next few weeks: I give you books set in New Zealand and Australia, many by Kiwi and Aussie authors. If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know why. Here, though, I’ll … Continue reading
Lory at The Emerald City Book Review recently wondered if her readers had reading plans for the year. Excellent question, if only because it gives me a chance to prep you for what’s to come on this blog. My usual … Continue reading
As promised, here’s the first of what may be several updates on my tour of books set on water in honor of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday. Initially I had planned to make these reviews brief, but, well, you know … … Continue reading
Packing for a lengthy trip that includes a great deal of moving on and off trains, buses, boats and trams (not to mention walking) presents a particular challenge for a reader who hopes to travel light: How many books should … Continue reading
Just a quick post, to let my readers know I’ll be back soon, blogging about books and writing and other stuff. Meanwhile, turn on that radio in back of you and let’s go dancin’ in the street!
Having adventures. Will be back eventually.
Lev Grossman, The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), The Magician’s Land (2014) CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books, 1950-1956) Warning: If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Narnia, some critical plot elements are revealed here. For about an … Continue reading
I’d have posted this earlier, but Amtrak’s Empire Builder doesn’t have wifi! That put a real cramp in my style, I can tell you. How did we live pre-wifi? Obviously, I survived. Much of the trip, including our path through the … Continue reading