Category Archives: Books

Room – reaction and spoilers

I've just read Room by Emma Donaghue. I didn't like it. The first third in the Room made me feel desperately uncomfortable and final two thirds of the book were borderline tedious with the occasional bright part which all involved … Continue reading

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John Wyndham

Great article in The Guardian about John Wyndham noting his very interesting female characters. The Chrysalids is one of my favourites. I think it is exciting and is long overdue a feature film telling of it. This great image is … Continue reading

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Not NaNoWriMo #6

The Handmaid's Tale is 25 years old. Margaret Atwood talked about her book on Woman's Hour on Wednesday 10th November along with journalist Alex Clark. The book always seemed to me to be a warning for the near future and … Continue reading

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Tipping the Velvet

I saw Jodhi May in something today and suddenly got an urge to watch her in the TV versionĀ  of Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet. I bunged in the DVD and starting watching it from when Florence (played by May) … Continue reading

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Random quote #4

I don’t need the money. Not needing the money puts me in a magical place because I can say no. I like the idea of having good movies made or having no movies made. Neil Gaiman on The Anansi Boys, … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. –Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar. in Following the Equator by Mark Twain (1897) I really enjoyed this film starring one of my favourite … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood

“I’m a reader of science fiction and fantasy” – Margaret Atwood in Ursula Le Guin at 80 BBC Radio 4 17th March 2009 at 11:30 I thought at first (due to her accent) that Margaret was confessing to be a … Continue reading

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Tagged

I got this from maurinsky: Here’s the deal: 1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long). 2. Open to p. 123. 3. Go down to the 5th sentence. 4. Type in the following 3 sentences. 5. … Continue reading

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What is up with The Guardian?

The Guardian‘s blogging editorial policy seems determined to be as divisive as possible regarding gender. The Guardian used to be one of my quick links but recently I removed it because I was fed up with being sucked into a … Continue reading

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I do read books

Literary criticism is hard for me so here is a list of the recently read: The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. Stef came in for a hard time because she has never been to Canada and yet wrote a … Continue reading

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