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A love letter to books: Fav Re-reads – The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly

It’s been about 8 or so years since I first read The Book of Lost Things. What this re-read has nicely demonstrated is that memory plays tricks on you. 900 more words


Future Infernal

Samuel R. Delany Jr. has been publishing science fiction since 1962, with the novel The Jewels of Aptor, which can be read as either post-apocalyptic SF or as a quest fantasy. 1,883 more words

Science Fiction

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

If one had asked me if I was interested in a brief multi-generation novel, I would immediately have said, no. Then I picked up this 2016 novel, and was immediately enthralled by the opening chapter, the description of a christening party in a house of cops and other middle-class people. 976 more words

Literary Reviews


They wrote stories about each other all the time, meeting up at their favorite bar to swap pages and read the latest installments in their literary sagas. 305 more words


Reality becomes Fantasy.

As I opened Pale Fire, I was as excited about starting this ‘poem’ (or so I thought) and reading its commentary, as I was about 9am lectures. 729 more words

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Even though I’ve seen the movie a dozen times, it wasn’t until last week that I picked up The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. I needed something purely escapist (because I live in America and am a frustrated liberal and I read the news) to read and I couldn’t think of anything better than this book. 377 more words