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In Praise of Pratchett: Guards! Guards!

Sometimes, tiny little details that appear to be insignificant at the time assume a greater prominence later on. Terry Pratchett’s first two Discworld novels were published by Colin Smythe Ltd, but their success meant that Pratchett would need a larger publisher, and Smythe became his agent instead, whilst the hardbacks started to appear from Gollancz SF. 1,558 more words

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The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko: a book lost in translation

To say that I was feeling adrift after Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy would be an understatement. I missed a good fantasy novel. I wanted fantasy, adventure, worlds in worlds, and above all a good narrative. 452 more words

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Day 2: Rijks and Bikes

Song of the day: “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts

The day began with a jolt.  Snorers are an inherent risk whenever you book a hostel, and one of the guys in our dorm sounded like a goddamn nuclear jackhammer.   558 more words

‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano: ‘Les Boulevards de ceinture (Ring Roads)’

Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of Jaime Grijalba’s four-part series “The Occupation Quadrilogy: ‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano.”

The novel that closes Patrick Modiano’s “Occupation Trilogy” seems to be the most important in terms of preparing him for what would come next in his career. 686 more words

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‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano: ‘La Ronde de Nuit (The Night Watch)’

Editor’s Note: This is part three of Jaime Grijalba’s four-part series “The Occupation Quadrilogy: ‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano.”

This second novel is what certainly feels the closest to Louis Malle’s wonderful film… 519 more words

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The Occupation Quadrilogy: ‘Lacombe, Lucien’ and the Early Novels of Patrick Modiano

When the winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature was announced in 2014, most of the English-speaking world had absolutely no idea who Patrick Modiano was, at least until certain circles (cinephiles) remembered that he was the co-screenwriter of what many consider to be one of the best Post-Nouvelle Vague French films of all time: Louis Malle’s  538 more words

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Now, Always, Everywhere, All The Time

Giant pandas are an endangered species. Due to extensive habitat loss and the destruction of bamboo, the panda’s sole food source, giant pandas can only be found in about 20 patches of forest in a densely populated area of China. 757 more words

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