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The Future of Fantasy: The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Landmark, cornerstone – these are just some of the words critics use to describe Gormenghast’s literary triumph, so why is it not popular?

The eerie castle of Gormenghast was born from the unadulterated imagination of the visual artist and author Mervyn Peake.

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Book Corner – March 2016 (3)

Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt

I had been unsure whether to get this book and then shortly after Christmas it appeared in one of those basement priced Amazon deals and so like a lizard spotting a careless fly I snapped it up. 493 more words


Titus Groan

March has largely been dreary and cold (at least where I am), so I declared it Fantasy month, which in turn made it time to tackle… 756 more words


Gormenghast Places

The work on Gormenghast continues! My gosh this project is taking a long time. Then again, I do keep getting sidetracked making other things, so it’s not all that surprising  96 more words


Life itself is miracle enough

“The world is falling to pieces but some of the pieces taste good” wrote Adrian Mitchell in Peace Is Milk.

Amid the ceaseless quest for power and control as we seek to quench the thirst of the ego, it is all too easy to forget that we are flesh and blood and overlook the sentiments expressed in another memorable poem about the beauty and fragility of our brief lives: 106 more words


Titus Groan (1946) by Mervyn Peake

“Gormenghast, […] the shadows of time-eaten buttresses, of broken and lofty turrets, and, most enormous of all, the shadow of the Tower of Flints. This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven.

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Book Review: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

I finished this book at least a month ago, but have been putting off writing a review. To review it seems almost condescending – like rating Beethoven’s fifth symphony or deciding how many stars you’d give Michelangelo’s “David”. 1,014 more words

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