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The Sorrows of (Not So) Young Werdna

Inevitably this contains several plot spoilers

In criticism we – I – start from where we know and head into new territory. We have a political or critical viewpoint – Marxism, feminism, aesthetics – and apply it to a new text. 1,580 more words


Book review: The Day of the Triffids (by John Wyndham)

Title: The Day of the Triffids
Author: John Wyndham
Page count: 272 pages (Penguin paperback)
My rating: 5/5 stars

Trigger warnings for the book: everything you can expect in your good ol` apocalyptic setting combined with deadly plants. 726 more words

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Opus Questions with Paul Townsend

The imagination of horror writers can be…precarious, at best, if not down right odd and strange and every bit unusual. Writers of horror tend to go to some rather appalling places. 1,179 more words


Book Review – The Day of the Triffids

Our classics maestro Rob looks at another foundation text in sci-fi… 799 more words


John Wyndham's Trouble with Lichen

Trouble With Lichen is John Wyndham’s most explicit exploration of the uselessness of modern women’s lives. When I reread it, for what must have been the 50th time, I was surprised to see that it was first published in 1960. 1,720 more words

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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)

Since the beginning of the year I have been giving some attention to standalone post-apocalyptic books (The Road, The Scarlet Plague and this one), why is that?? 1,403 more words


See also under: Rugs, Persian

It’s striking how many articles that come into journals for review — or essays that are submitted to be marked — that lack any sense of the secondary literature. 408 more words