Category Archives: Discussion

BOOK TO SCREEN: Filming Shakespeare

Firstly, an apology for not posting anything since April: as usual, it’s not as if I haven’t been reading during this lacuna. Secondly, recent re-watchings of Avengers Assemble and Thor: The Dark World made me go in search of other … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite supporting character

I started out by thinking that the obvious answer is Millie, from the Chrestomanci books, but actually, the more I think about this, the more there are fantastic supporting characters in all of Jones’ books. Jones does sibling relationships particularly … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite main character

This should have been posted on the 3 March, but I’m catching up! There are so many great protagonists in Diana Wynne Jones’ books, it’s hard to pick just one. I really like her double acts in Deep Secret (Rupert … Continue reading

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DWJ March: Favourite cover

There are some pretty terrible covers out there for Jones’s books, like my hardback of Conrad’s Fate, which is just dull. Having copies issued by several publishers, of course, means that the cover art is pretty varied. This cover of … Continue reading

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PICTURES: DWJ March – My books

I’ve actually just read Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones’ last book, completed by her sister, Ursula Jones, and there will be my thoughts on that later on this month, but in the mean time, and thanks to Jenny at … Continue reading

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With just having finished The Hydrogen Sonata, I now realise that I’ve read all of Iain M. Banks’ novels (as opposed to his other incarnation’s works, of which I’ve read only three). It’s something of a saddening experience to think … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Impersonation stories

The theme of an heir returning from the dead (or long-missing) is one which is occasionally used by writers – particularly thriller or crime writers – often to enable a bit of chicanery and double bluffing – is he or … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Unacceptable views?

I was reading a very interesting discussion last night on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog (which generally reviews and discusses romance novels) which stemmed from one of the reviewer’s low rating of The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer – … Continue reading

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Well, in the words of Sam Gamgee, I’m back. I’ve been on holiday this past week, and have conspicuously failed either to do much reading or reviewing. I have finally got around to starting Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender, which … Continue reading

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Review of 2010 in books

I started the ‘Book A Week’ challenge on the Chaletian Bulletin Board in 2009, which certainly did a lot for my reading of ‘new’ books. For 2010 I aimed for one hundred books over the year, but didn’t manage to … Continue reading

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