Recently I’ve discovered the non-fiction author Karen Armstrong, via her short book A Brief History of Myth. I found the book fascinating and brilliantly well written. Armstrong is currently in the news for her book The Case for God, which has been vying for position in the bestseller lists with Richard Dawkins The God DelusionContinue reading “Listening to – The Bible: A Biography”
On my last trip to San Francisco I discovered In’n’Out burgers. If you don’t live in California, In’n’Out might need some explanation. Imagine the greasiest possible burger, accompanied with the worlds most artificial cheese, wrapped in a bun that almost resembles bread and chips that no one believes are even related to a potato. AndContinue reading “In and Out”
I was nicely surprised to wake up this morning to find a wonderful translation of Im Abendrot in my inbox. I have posted before about this poem by Joseph von Eichendorff, which I discovered via the music of Richard Strauss. Teh generous spirited Richard Gardner found my ear;y post and has furnished me with aContinue reading “Surprise Translation”
I really enjoyed this story by Meredith Schwartz in this weeks Strange Horizons, except for the moment where the story makes it explicit that the narrator is a mermaid. I like the oblique mystery more than the revelation. But I love the word Mermaidification, so all is forgiven.
A great piece of flash fiction over at Strange Horizons… My Greedy Plea for Help
The locals call Aberystwyth, the almost capital of Wales, simply Aber. It makes sense, its a mouthfull of constanants. Its an odd almost capital. Twelve thousands residents, seven thousands students. Some tourists and caravan parks. More than a few hippies and a sprinkling of writers, if you can seperate the two. I like it. IContinue reading “Aber Reads”
Sometimes you can like a story without really knowing why. Maybe its something to do with the transient nature of life and love I like about this, or maybe its just the excellent weirdness of the premise. On the Eyeball Floor by Tina Connolly
P.E.Cunningham’s “Monkey See” in the June, 2008, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a lighthearted heroic fantasy tale, complete with wizards, magic, and of course, a talking sword. Read more at The Fix
The May 2008 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction kicks off with a hint of horror provided by Albert E. Cowdrey’s “Thrilling Wonder Stories.” Knowledgeable science fiction readers might recognise the title as a reference to a real (and recently relaunched) pulp magazine, and the story is set in the era ofContinue reading “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 2008”
My review of the April issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction just went up over at The Fix. This was one of the most difficult review I’ve written so far, some of the stories were excellent but very complex and took a few readings to really get a handle on. I wasContinue reading “F&SF Review”
My review of the highly interstitial Farrago’s Wainscot is up on The Fix.
My review of Cabinet des Fees no.2 is up on The Fix. Styled as ‘a fairytale journal’ Cabinet des Fees was one of my best reads of the year. Check it out if you like engaging, intelligent fantasy with a literary edge.