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I really, honestly, actually don’t have, can’t keep and don’t make reading lists. Yes, I do have a pile and shelves of unread books, but in keeping with the chaotic pulse that is life, I decided to just leave it at that. 671 more words


Titus Alone

Titus Alone was only published in full after Mervyn Peake’s death in 1968: an earlier edition had been hacked about by an editor, possibly to make it more akin to the first two Gormenghast books. 234 more words


I am not a number

Personal observations on George Orwell  1903 – 1950

One only has to watch the television news to see images, which cannot help but remind you of the George Orwell book 1984. 1,158 more words

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China Miéville, The Scar (London: Macmillan, 2002)

The Scar returns to Perdido Street Station’s Bas Lag, but it is not a novel about return: it is about departure and loss. Part of that loss is the sense that the author, with his bold opening move of denying New Crobuzon, has learned all he can from Mervyn Peake; and consequently it wobbles, or seems to wobble, in the first 60 pages. 1,180 more words


Mr. Pye, by Mervyn Peake

Mr Pye by Mervyn Peake

Mr. Pye is Peake’s successful attempt at a fable, and as such it has a moral. It is the kind of moral, in the end, you’d expect from Mervyn Peake, not entirely useless–more of a gentle reminder in a style perilously close to being overdone, but not quite. 246 more words


Titus Groan, Part 7

This has been a pretty miserable birthday for all involved, but at least it featured a moonlight brawl so awesome it puts Keaton and Nicholson’s to shame. 1,937 more words

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