Author Archives: Reynard

About Reynard

I’m the Pub Manager for the Green Man Pub which is located at the KInrowan Estate. I’m married to Ingrid, our Steward who’s also the Estate Buyer. If I’m off duty and in a mood for a drink, it’ll be a single malt, either Irish or Scottish, no water or ice, or possibly an Estate ale or cider.

I’m a concertina player, and unlike my wife who has a fine singing voice, I do not have anything of a singing voice anyone want to hear!

What’s New for the 5th of July: Chicago’s ‘Saturday in the Park’ and Other Summery Matters

I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer — its dust and lowering skies —Toni Morrison’s The Blue Sky So we’ve  reached that time of year where we on this Estate are starting … Continue reading

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What’s New for the the 28th of June: Sherlock Examined, Edward Weston, Teen Superheroes, Storytellers, Acoustic Americana, a quick Indian Dinner,and more

I’m a cat. We aren’t required to make sense.― Seanan McGuire’s A Local Habitation I smelled something terribly enticing in the hallway out of our Kitchen. So I handed Pub duties over to Finch and got myself down there for … Continue reading

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What’s New for the June 21st: Summer Solstice is Here!

This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. — Margaret Atwood Because of the isolation … Continue reading

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What’s New for the June 14th: Jennifer’s cold green summery sludge (really), John Hartford’s fiddle tunes, the War for the Oaks film, three novels by Pat Murphy, chocolate chip cookies and other yummy matters

If you can’t change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world? — Pat Murphy So, would you like a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie? Mrs. Ware and her ever so talented Kitchen crew decided that … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Of Empires That Might’ve Been

I’m the King in Exile for A Kingdom that is far older than any now in existence snd you’ve never heard of it… Mind you, he was dressed all in black with a smart cut to his slightly old-fashioned clothes … Continue reading

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What’s New for the June 7th: More Zelazny, Rights and Freedoms, More “Chocolate Covered” Goodies, Chamber Music You Weren’t Expecting, another Comics Cross-Over, and More

I’ll be just a story in your head, but that’s okay, because we’re all stories in the end. ― The Eleventh Doctor in ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ We’ve been isolated from the rest of the world here on this remote … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 31st of May: A Science-Fiction Legend, Licorice, A Superhero Reborn, Russian Folk Music, and other goodies

Words, he decided, were inadequate at best, impossible at worst. They meant too many things. Or they meant nothing at all. ―Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre While our Librarian has been indulging his fondness for the fiction of … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: A Library and Its Librarian

I’m the lead publican here at the Pub, and, if I must say so myself, a damn fine concertina player even though I need to find more time to play these days. I’m also an avid reader, so I’ve made many … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of May: Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, “Bad Moon Rising” by Credence Clearwater Revival live, Max Barry’s Providence, Irvine’s The Life of Riley, Two Hellboy animated films, Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate PB&J and Other Tasty Matters

I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer. — … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Early Morning (A Letter to Ekentrina)

Dear Ekentrina, I find myself restless this morning, even though I got barely three hours sleep, as the Pub stayed busy ’till past two. Blame it on three days of truly nasty weather that’s left the Spring work crews with … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 19th of April: Ailette De Bodard’s Xuya Universe, Mutants, A Fairport Boxset, A Trip Up the Thames, Dinosaurs, of a sort, and other neat stuff

You had to draw lines, and that choice was in itself dangerous; all boundaries had a double edge, were like swords that could always be turned against you in the end. But you still had to choose. ― Melissa Scott’s Trouble and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 12th of April: Music from Aaron Copland, A History of Bananas, Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints and Other Matters

We have ripe banana dipped in sweet batter and fried, and green banana to boot. Cookie does fry them up nice-nice in olive oil, sprinkle them with a little coarse salt and some cayenne, then drench them in so much … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of March: A Folkmanis Mouse with Cheese, Wim Wenders’ Once, Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Live music from Skerryvore, Hot Chocolate, A Parcel of Steeleye Span and Other Matters

Schrödinger’s cat has far more than nine lives, and far fewer. All of us are unknowing cats, alive and dead at once, and of all the might-have-beens in between, we record only one.” ― Yoon Ha Lee’s Conservation of Shadows I’ve got … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Absinthe

No, we don’t serve absinthe here, nor do we ever intend to make it available. However, I do find it a fascinating drink. And yes I sampled it once while in Paris where you can find damn near anything you … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 8th of March: A Book About Writing, a Film from the Rom, Chocolate and Peanut Butter, Music by Moby, Fables, a Short Story, and there’s always more. . .

She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.― Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making It’s the time of year that it … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 1st of March: Bacon and Tea Considered, John Fogerty Live, An SF Play and Other Interesting Things

No one owns you, I know that. No one owns me. No one owns anyone. We just get to borrow each for a while. ― Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s End of the World Blues It’s noticeably warmer this past week with Spring … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of February: On Breakfast, Judy Collins Live, Cats, Tolkien in Person, Champagne, Music from Just About Everywhere, and much more

One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast. — Robert A. Heinlein’s Friday Potatoes… Onions…  Smoked salmon… Well-aged cheddar cheese… Oh the eggs? Chicken, duck or goose? Your choice as we’ve  got all of … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Pub Rules

Like any good pub, there are of course rules at The Green Man Pub. Everyone is welcome, provided they can behave like a reasonable being. (I don’t say human as some of our visitors are most decidedly not human, although … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 9th of February: Horslips live, Bourbon, Definitive Earthsea, Traveling the Pacific, Robin Hood, and more

Every good fiddler has a distinctive sound. No matter how many play the same tune, each can’t help but play it differently. Some might use an up stroke where another would a down. One might bow a series of quick … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: A Ghostly Librarian

I haven’t seen him despite having The Sight but several persons down the years have said they’ve seen a man dressed in Victorian Era clothes and looking apparently quite solid. He looked to in his late fifties or early sixties, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 26th of January: Lit Crit, Pulp Fiction, More Beer, King Arthur, Nordic Music, and more

After doing extensive research, I can definitely tell you that single malt whiskies are good to drink. — Iain Banks in Raw Spirit Yes, that’s a very fine Laphroaig quarter-century-old, cask strength single malt. You can thank Reynard  for it. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 19th of January: Mike Resnick, Beer, Dr. Who (Again), Music from Many Places, Egypt, and more

All that anxiety and anger, those dubious good intentions, those tangled lives, that blood. I can tell about it or I can bury it. In the end, we’ll all become stories. Or else we’ll become entities. Maybe it’s the same. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 5th of January: Little Christmas Is Here, Kushner’s Riverside series & Her Winter Queen Speech, The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers considered, “Darkness, Darkness” covered twice and even recipes that are more or less inspired by that Riverside series!

Let the fairy tale begin on a winter’s morning, then, with one drop of blood newly-fallen on the ivory snow: a drop as bright as a clear-cut ruby, red as a single spot of claret on the lace cuff. ― … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of December: Winter Solstice Edition

Most dragons don’t know how to read. They hiss and fume and guard their hoard. A tasty knight is what they need For dinner (they spit out the sword), Then go to sleep on heaps of treasure. They’ve no use for the written … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 15th of December: Gwyneth on Chestnuts, Reynard on De Lint, the Ministry of Hades, Live Music by Tull and Other Wintery Matters

Let me bring you songs from the wood: To make you feel much better than you could know Dust you down from tip to toe Show you how the garden grows Hold you steady as you go Join the chorus … Continue reading

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Whats New for the 8th of December: Scarecrows, A Classic H.G.Wells’ Novel , Metallica in Antarctica, So-so chocolate, Improv Jazz, Steeleye sans Maddy and Other Interesting Matters

I cursed him in my heart. “Um, what day is it?” With the infinite patience of someone used to dealing with drunks, musicians, and techies, he replied, “Sunday.” — Sparrow in Emma Bull’s Bone Dance: A Fantasy for Technophiles (First … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 1st of December: Tattoos, The Tempest, Dr. Who (Again), Peanuts, Reggae, Beethoven, and more

Restless in life and seeking no end in death For breath of the ages in the face of the air Still ghosts to the vitality Robin Williamson We just got our first serious snow of the year here at this … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Assembling A Contradance Band

Yeah we do this quite often as there’s more than enough musos here that have played at contradances that putting together a band at really short notice is not difficult. Remember that we have the apparently Neverending Session playing somewhere … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: The Man Who Wasn’t There

We indeed get some very queer customers in the Pub, particularly as the weather gets grimmer, but he was one of the oddest I’d ever seen for more years tending bar than I care to think of. Not that at … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of November: Charles de Lint, Robert’s Potato Soup, Folkmanis’ Chipmunk in Watermelon puppet, Rosanne Cash and Other Matters as Well

Once upon a time there was what there was, and if nothing had happened there would be nothing to tell. — Charles de Lint’s ‘The Moon is Drowning While I Sleep’ I’m  listening to ‘The Moon is Drowning While I … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 3rd of November: The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s ‘Homefires’, Mice, Josepha Sherman’s Winter Queen Speech, Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and Other Matters

Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta  As Christopher Fowler has bitterly complained, Guy Fawkes Day has fallen … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Chasing Ghosts

His accent was thick, understandable if you listened carefully, English though it be, it sounded more Welsh in cadence than English. And he was a burly man, well over six feet tall and stocky to boot with grey eyes and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 27th of October: Our Halloween Edition

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Traditional Scottish prayer I’ve also seen that prayer credited to Cornish, Welsh, and “Celtic” sources — nothing specific, but you get … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 6th of October: A breakfast biscuit, Women in Genre Fiction, Princess Bride Times Two, Trad Plus, Robert Hunter RIP and Autumn has really arrived!

Brown-eyed women and red grenadine, The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean. Sound of the thunder with the rain pourin’ down, And it looks like the old man’s gettin’ on. Robert Hunter’s Brown-Eyed Women Remember I mentioned Ingrid, my wife, … Continue reading

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Whats New for the 15th of September: Patrick Street, Ethan Iverson Quartet, Ashley Hutchings, Patricia McKillip, The Band, Issac Asimov and Other Matters as We See Fit

Good times don’t last long sometimes. — Levon Helm We’ve had our first not so light frost last night, which was a few days early but not unusual for us. Gus, our Estate Gardener, protected what needed protecting and ruefully … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Theatre in the Round (A Letter to Annbjørg)

Greetings Annbjørg, About that theatre I mentioned — we’ve had a theatre in the round for nearly forty years now, ever since the a particular Steward developed a deep affection for theatre. He noticed that the very old stone livestock auction barn either … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Discographies ( A Letter to Jackson)

G’Day Jackson, Iain asked me to teach the Several Annies, Iain’s Library Apprentices, the proper way of constructing a discography. It’s trickier than it looks as it requires a lot of research in obscure corners of the internet and an … Continue reading

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What’s New for The 1st of September: Italian flugelhorn music, a Zelazny collection, Pogues fronted by Strummer, a Miles Morales Spider-Man and Summer is Fading Away

To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due. — Hob Gadling, toasting upon Dream’s journey as told in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Season of … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 25th of August:Yolen on Writing, Beatles in Portland, Costume Design on Doctor Who, Music from Kathryn Tickell and Other Late Summer Matters

I watched the people passing below, each of them a story, each story part of somebody else’s, all of it connected to the big story of the world. People weren’t islands, so far as I was concerned. How could they … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 11th of August: Scottish Sort of Trad Music, A Fiendish Bean Dip, Africa, The Muppets and other Summer Things

‘Order me some of that delicious-looking lager those people are drinking and I’ll reveal everything,’ said Angela. ― Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead It’s been unusually hot and humid here, so Mrs. Ware and her ever so talented Kitchen staff have … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 4th of August: Alternative Egypts, American Indian Literature, The Final BronyCon, Irish trad music, Alan Moore’s Mind, Hunter’s smoky egg dip and Other Matters

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances. ― Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express Yes, that’s a bagpiper, a smallpiper to be precise, that you can hear playing outside in the evening … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 7th of July: A Magical Family, Historical SF, Chocolate, The Cat In the Hat, Music, Traditional and Not, and other neat stuff

“Look,” said Janet, irritated, “if the thing you liked best to do in the world was read, and somebody offered to pay you room and board and give you a liberal arts degree if you would just read for four … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 23rd of June: The Very First Spider-Man Film, Four Fantasies, Bees, Mouse Guard short stories, A Spanish Christmas sweet fit for year round, Dr. John Live and Some Other Matters

You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you. ― Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway Come in … let me turn down the music. Yes that’s Dr. John, the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of June: Folkmanis’ Rat in a Tin Can, Patricia A. McKillip’s Solstice Wood, Sam Adams Seasonal Ale, A Dance & Concert by Blato Zlato, A Futuristic Riff off Holmes, Clash’s ‘London Calling’ and Other Neat Matters

Remember what they said? Some of it was true. — Clash’s ‘London Calling’ I’ve been madly, deeply this past fortnight into the various permutations of Clash, which in turn became Big Audio Dynamite and the Carbon/Silicon duo spin-off, not to … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 9th of June: A Whiskey Review Site, The Birth of British Folk Rock, Charles de Lint digital editions, Grateful Dead live music, A Great Supernatural Novel From Robert McCammon, Rocket Raccoon & Groot and Other Rather Charming Things

I see myself as a novelist, period. I mean, the material I work with is what is classified as science fiction and fantasy, and I really don’t think about these things when I’m writing. I’m just thinking about telling a … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 2nd of June: Killer Robots, Dirty Rice, Gifted Children, Aaron Copland and other neat stuff

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. ― Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine It’s warm enough out that we’re having a contradance this evening … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 26th of May: Music from Down Under, A History of Ice Cream, Supernatural Westerns, Game of Thrones, the Great Machine, and other goodies

If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Over-long, detailed to the point of distraction – and ultimately without a major resolution. — Jasper Fforde’s Something Rotten It’s been an indoor period for almost everyone here as … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 12th of May: Another Thirteenth Doctor Figure, A Tanya Huff trilogy, Recordings by Molly Mason & Jay Ungar, A Conversation with Charles de Lint, Lots of Chocolate, ‘Saturday in the Park’ by Chicago and Other Tasty Matters

Chocolate. The food of the gods, as my grandma used to call it. And I totally agree. It’s the answer to prayers. Emotional relief. A form of currency. An aphrodisiac. Raw and dark. White and saccharine. Milky sweet. Mouthwatering. It’s … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 5th of May: It’s Spring, Beatrix Potter’s Garden, Time Travel, Candy, Jazz, and more

None of us know for sure what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Keep your faith. Travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you, constantly. — Thirteenth Doctor in ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos’ Can you smell it? No, not … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 28th of April: Folklore in the Twentieth Century, Russian Music, Real Fairy Tales, Swedish Pan Pipes, and more

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. — T.S. Eliot I spent some time in Southeast Asia many years ago working for the British Consulate … Continue reading

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