Author Archives: Reynard

About Reynard

I'm the Pub Manager for the Green Man Pub which is located at the KInrowan Estate. I'm married to Ingrid, our Steward who's also the Estate Buyer. If I'm off duty and in a mood for a drink, it'll be a single malt, either Irish or Scottish, no water or ice, or possibly an Estate ale or cider. I'm a concertina player, and unlike my wife who has a fine singing voice, I do not have anything of a singing voice anyone want to hear!

A Kinrowan Estate story: Of Bloodied Kings

There are stories of hauntings here at the Kinrowan Estate going back centuries. Of ghostly patrons of our Pub in the Kinrowan Hall who came back again and again at last call to hoist just one more pint of their … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of October: Fantasy maps, Bradbury mysteries, Middle Earth history; Cajun music on film; comfort foods; Daredevil; classical music reviews, and more

The soldier came knocking upon the queen’s door He said, “I am not fighting for you any more” And the queen knew she’d seen his face someplace before And slowly she let him inside Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen and the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 2nd of October: Contradance music and Arabian fuzz, William Gipson redux, military SF and horror, soul cake, and more

The most complex programs in existence are used for consumer analysis. They’re everywhere, watching and analyzing every aspect of our lives. The amount of data gathered on any one of us is mind-boggling. ― Linda Nagata’s The Red: First Light Care … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 18th of September: Our Elizabeth Bear edition, plus some de Lint on film and in comics, contemporary raga, lots of traditional fiddle music and a Bert Jansch tribute, and of course dragons and chocolate.

Was this what having an identity felt like? Was this being someone? Feeling like there was a core of who you were beyond which you could not be altered? Feeling . . . continuity. Feeling like you existed as a real, solid thing, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 7th of August: lots of SF books and audiobooks; Euro-folk, Indian classical, and some jazz, plus lots of African music; jerky; Jonah Hex; and more!

It is a man’s face, with oak laves growing from the mouth and ears, and completely encircling the head. Mr. Griffith suggested that it was intended to symbolize the spirit of inspiration, but it seemed to me certain that it … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 24th of July: Some Favorite Doctor Whos, Robert Hunter’s ‘Brown-Eyed Women’, a Musical Playlist from Gary Whitehouse, a Bevy of Live Music reviews and Elizabeth Bear on All Things Foodie

I sliced strawberries with all my attention. They were particularly fine ones, large and white clear through without a hint of pink. (Wild Borderland strawberries are one of the Border’s little jokes. They form bright red, and fade as they … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 10th of July: Jennifer offers us chilaquiles for breakfast, Folkmanis Dragons, The Doctor creates Macgregor’s Kitchen Garden, Eric Burdon’s Least Favourite Song, books with a ‘sunny’ theme, Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction

I hate this fucking song. (See our coda for the story of this quote.) Sorry ’bout the delay in getting your Queen’s Lament IPA to you, it’s been a very busy day as we’ve got a hand fastening on the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 26th of June: All things de Lint; Festival Express; Jennifer’s annual Solstice pig roast; lots of Cara Dillon, plus cool off with some Canadian and Siberian folk music

She hadn’t meant to fall asleep, but she was a bit like a cat herself, forever wandering in the woods, chasing after squirrels and rabbits as fast as her skinny legs could take her when the fancy struck, climbing trees … Continue reading

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What’s New for 12th of June: Neal Stephenson, L.A. SF noir, return to Central Station, cozy mysteries, Holmes vampires; Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasies; Grateful Dead themed Weißbier; new music from Angel Olsen and Toot Monk, remembering Kelly Joe Phelps, all things Waterboys, and more

Any AI smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it. Ian McDonald’s River of Gods I woke well before dawn as I wanted to watch the Northern Lights, which have been particularly outstanding lately. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 29th of May: Remembering Patricia A. McKillip along with Finnish and Swedish music

Patricia A. McKillip has left us.  One of the finest writers that has ever graced our presence having written The Forgotten Beasts of Eld which won a richly deserved World Fantasy Award nearly fifty years ago, and Solstice Wood, one of my favourite works by her … Continue reading

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