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V. by Thomas Pynchon

I can’t really explain what made me pick up ‘V.’ by Thomas Pynchon from the library shelf three weeks ago. It’s likely to have been a combination of recently seeing a trailer for the film adaptation of ‘Inherent Vice’ and coming across… 548 more words


The First Micro-History: Pickett's Charge

Stewart had long been interested in Pickett’s Charge, which historians consider the turning point in the American Civil War.   Stewart’s uncle John was a soldier for the union army, who told stories of the Peninsular Campaign to his  nephew. 657 more words

George R. Stewart

Stephen II

“I am very interested and fascinated by how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


'A Long Day's Dying' by William Eastlake

A Long Day’s Dying by William Eastlake, 1963

The magic trick:

Separating the action into two separate, coexisting scenes

I don’t think Eastlake is doing anything particularly complicated here, but it’s still a magic trick worth noting. 218 more words


Weekend stories: The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

THE MARVELLOUS THING IS THAT IT’S painless,” he said. “That’s how you know when it starts.”

“Is it really?”

“Absolutely. I’m awfully sorry about the odor though. 9,337 more words


Revisiting guest classic authors. Any suggestions for future guests?

Hi all:
As those of you who’ve been following me for a while will remember, recently I revisited my first post. I’ve also been thinking of some of the posts that I (and you, my readers) have enjoyed since I started blogging, and I’ve realised I really enjoyed the posts I created about authors that have become classics. 1,335 more words

Guest Authors. Classics

Bone Vol. 5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border

Smiley is shown pointing out Fone’s process of making a sandwich to the cub rat creature whilst Fone sulked. He then telling Smiley they couldn’t linger in the woods much longer, needing to return to town soon for running out of food. 1,784 more words

Sci-Fi, Fantasy