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In answer to the question: yes - my aim is to re-read them all and to review all those I haven't yet offered an opinion on. And at a penny a page, it has to be worth it? No?

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since 28/03/2003


Little Gods - Anna Richards 19/04/2015

But Really About the Goddess

The Deceived - Brett Battles 18/04/2015

Cleaning Up

Mort - Terry Pratchett 17/04/2015

Death Isn't Compulsory

Mort - Terry Pratchett If you're keeping up you can skip this bit Regular readers will have grasped by now that following the death of my most beloved author ever, I undertook in tribute to re-read all of his books again, and to catch up on those that have somehow passed me by. Because the Discworld is where I came in that is where I started. I'm ashamed to say that I seem to have not bought copies of all those I borrowed in the early days. I'm downloading to Kindle at present to keep up with the salute, but I know 'proper copies' will be needed at some point to complete the collection. I've also committed to donating a penny a page to the Alzheimer's Society in his memory. First payment will be due at the end of the year. Reviewing series books is always fraught with the problem of the prequel spoiler. I'm going to take a Discworld approach to this, which is: if you haven't started at the beginning, that's not my fault. If you don't want to know what's gone before stop reading here and go back to before. We'll wait. Death's Apprentice Most people will list Death as one of their favourite Disc characters, and he is one of the originals. By his own judgement he is no more than an anthropomorphic personification of an idea… but one of the key themes of the Disc novels is that what we believe becomes true. At least for a given value of true. Likewise real, for a given value… you get the idea. What we believe is that Death comes for us all in the end. Not quite true… he delegates quite a bit. ...

Brundall, Norfolk 17/04/2015

Lost Gardens and a Resurgent Fen

Barclodiad-Y-Gawres Burial Chamber, Aberffraw, Angelsey 12/04/2015

Not So Big A Giant

Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way - John Parkin 11/04/2015

Let It Be

Far As The Eye Can See - Robert Bausch 10/04/2015

Wagon Train

Far As The Eye Can See - Robert Bausch It was a bit slow was probably my Mam's worst condemnation of film…but I'm going to forgive her for not appreciating slowness, because it was she that got me into appreciating westerns. Of course she preferred the all-action kind, but through watching those with her, I started to watch and enjoy the long, slow, ones and to appreciate the back-drop to all of that action… and then somewhere along the line I got interested in what might really have happened: not just in the West but the whole of what became the U.S. in the early days of settlement. I got interested in the fact that amongst all of the killing and obscenity that the Europeans brought to the continent, there was a fair amount of that already going on… and that in amongst it all there was nobility and honour and things in different ways of living that should have been cherished more by those on the opposite sides had we only been able to find a better way to understand each other. I got interested in the fact that whatever was being painted on the broad canvas (and the wide empty spaces of unsettled north America* are as broad a canvas as any ever was) there were individuals, people, families, men, women and children, just living day to day lives having no concept of anything bigger than their own circle, or having a concept and choosing not to care very much, or not being able to care, or just scraping by one way or another. Like we all do. I started to love "the western" – not just in films, but in books ...

Rhosneigr Railway Station, Anglesey 09/04/2015

Request Stop Rhosneigr

Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett 08/04/2015

Enter: A Witch

Rhosneigr, Anglesey 07/04/2015

Coastal Retreat

The Vanished Ones - Donato Carrisi 06/04/2015

Outside the Waiting room

The True Deceiver - Tove Jansson 05/04/2015

Not Just Another Winter's Tale

The True Deceiver - Tove Jansson Most people of my age will have come across Jansson's work unwittingly, via the televised renditions of the Moomin tales. The readers amongst us would then have been entranced a few years ago to discover that at last Thomas Teal had set about the translation into English, first of The Summer Book and then of a collection of short stories which were published as A Winter Book. If you've been anywhere near the northern latitudes, either in Jansson's home of Finland, or elsewhere in Scandinavia, or in other parts of the world which bear the uncanny resemblances that places do when they contend with the same vicissitudes of distance and weather… if you've been there even in the mildness of Summer… you will know how sparse it is, how fragile, how vivid. If you know that: you understand the essence of Tove Jansson. Jansson was in her fifties before she began writing for adults, and 68 when The True Deceiver was first published. It's interesting that her translator should have started his work – I'm blissfully trusting he'll work his way through the canon – with The Summer Book and then chose to link the shorts collection in an oppositional seasonal framework. Jansson's work does seem to sit in the extremes of the year: a function perhaps of the latitude of her homeland, which doesn't have the autumns and springs of those of living further south or blessed by the mitigating Gulf Stream. At those latitudes, perhaps the equinoctial times are so short, that the extremes are ...

The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett 04/04/2015

Red Star Rising

The Truth Commissioner - David Park 03/04/2015

Truth or Justice or maybe neither

The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett 29/03/2015

And so it begins... with a Wizard and a Tourist, and The Luggage

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