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"A Promising Future": Jack of Spies, by David Downing

Review: Jack of Spies, by David Downing
Soho, 2014. 338 pp. $28

“The automobile business,” muses Jack McColl, the engaging British protagonist of this excellent thriller, “was not what it had been even two years before. 640 more words

Reviews And Columns

Exodus: Gods and Kings

This morning as I was reading the latest post on the Egypt at Manchester blog, I came across interesting observations on Ridley Scott’s extravagant Egyptian production, … 152 more words


Well Here's Another Fine Mess I’ve Gotten Into*

I have been trying to edit my manuscript and get it in the best shape possible. There are typos and redundancies and places that need a bit more pep. 507 more words


Ancient language doth not work

I’ve just finished my novella/short story, Once Upon a Midnight, which has a section set in Elizabethan times. I wanted, as usual, to be as accurate as possible, and set about researching the exact speech of those times and inserting it into my manuscript. 105 more words

Anachronisms: Love 'em or hate 'em?

Ah, anachronisms! A powerful rhetorical tool when used effectively, a fascinating rhetorical indicator species when used by accident. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the subject: 265 more words

Rhetoric And Semiotics

Have you made a cake of yourself??

There’s a phrase I come across fairly often in my reading of books set in 19th century or early 20th century England. A person will say he has “made a cake of himself.” Or… “She really made a cake of herself.” 297 more words