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HOMER'S ODYSSEY - OVERCOMING MONSTERS

In his brilliant book The Seven Basic Plots Christopher Booker identifies the seven as being:

  • overcoming the monster
  • rags to riches
  • the quest
  • voyage and return…
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A New Reading Challenge?

I have been thinking about ways of revitalising my Landing Book Shelves challenge for 2015 and beyond. Many books remain to be read, especially if I count in all of the books belonging to He Who Put The Shelves Up as well. 446 more words

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November Book Haul

Hey guys!

This post was long overdue. November was an insane month for books. So many discounts, promotions and flea markets… I lost control of myself. 447 more words

Ghostwriter says Penguin should refund all those teenagers they ripped off

I have a teensy-weensy confession for you: I’m not actually writing this article.

I mean, I came up with the ideas for the content and whatnot… The characters, is that what you call it? 1,085 more words

WRITING TIPS FROM HOMER: THE ODYSSEY - BOOKS 1-8

I’ve been re-reading Homer’s Odyssey. The last time I read it I was sixteen and I can’t remember much about it other than the fact I wasn’t that thrilled. 817 more words

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Setting the Record Straight

Are the Brontës particularly subject to inaccurate biographical statements?  I know that there is a general misunderstanding about Wuthering Heights and that recent biographers have had to correct some of the impressions left by the first biography of Charlotte Brontë written by Elizabeth Gaskell. 589 more words

It's (Not Quite) All True: Josephus - The Jewish War

The Jewish War by Josephus 

(trans. G.A. Williamson, revised with notes by Mary Smallwood)

Generally, the winning side wrote Roman history. When Carthage and Rome clashed or when Caesar ran amok through Gaul, Hannibal and Vercingetorix didn’t get to tell their sides of the story. 906 more words

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