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Tove Jansson’s Moominland Midwinter

There are such a lot of things that have no place in summer and autumn and spring. Everything that’s a little shy and a little rum. Some kinds of night animals and people that don’t fit in with others and … Continue reading

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Kage Baker’s The Empress of Mars

The first one was a bar at the Settlement. The second was the lady who ran the bar; though her title was strictly informal, having been bestowed on her by the regular customers, and her domain extended no further than … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 12th of November: Dead Can Dance peform ‘The Lotus Eaters’, an Alan Garner novel for adults and other Autumnal matters

I came to the realization many years ago that I like big, strong, even aggressive tastes: cheddars so sharp they make your eyes water, curries in general, though preferably fairly hot, garlic-heavy Middle-Eastern mezes, chilli-saturated Mexican dishes, hugely fruity Aussie … Continue reading

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Kage Baker’s The Machine’s Child

The Machine’s Child is, unless I have lost count somehow, the ninth episode in Kage Baker’s ongoing series of the Company, the shadowy organization that has a lock on time travel and is using it to loot the past. This … Continue reading

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Charlaine Harris’ The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

Alrighty, Sookie fans that think they’ve got every single thing The Mighty Harris has written about our girl.  I can almost hear you thinking “Wait, what’s new here?”  Seriously, y’all think way too loud.  Try to tone it down, will … Continue reading

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Alan Garner’s The Stone Book Quartet

Some time ago, I reviewed John Berger’s Into Their Labours, a trilogy that I said was where ‘noted art critic John Berger lovingly documented the lives of the peasants of the small peasant French Alps village into which he moved … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 5th of November: Our Guy Fawkes celebration, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a new recording of old Albanian folk music, Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages and other matters…

On November the Fifth people gather on the heath Point their Roman candles at the sky Out of broken branch and leaf they construct a fiery wreath Ready for the burning of the Guy The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s ‘Home … Continue reading

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Aleksander Pluskowski’s Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages

The wolf has been a potent image in myth, folklore, and fairy tales throughout history, and one would expect that to be particularly true of the Middle Ages, when so many of our legends and tales had their beginnings. Aleksander … Continue reading

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Patricia A. McKillip’s The Bell at Sealey Head

Deborah J. Brannon penned this review. You look at the book: a woman, golden and wind-blown, spins your perception around her, a dizzying path into a sky the deep blue of the sea and down onto a wall white as bone, … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

This is an (un)review of the new Neverwhere edition. This is not a review of Gaiman’s perhaps best known work as that’s been done before, but I will offer up to you a perhaps not brief history of it as … Continue reading

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