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Joseph Campbell’s Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth

Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, and wrote extensively about comparative mythology. His “hero’s journey” theory has been extremely influential. This book is a collection of his lectures and writings on the Arthurian adventures and … Continue reading

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Ben Aaronovitch‘s The Furthest Station (Rivers of London #5.5)

The London Underground has ghosts. Well, the London Underground always has ghosts, but usually they’re gentle, sad creatures. Lately there’s been an outbreak of more aggressive ghosts. Groping, shoving, insults that are racist and/or misogynistic–offensive and provocative. Victims of the … Continue reading

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Linda Nagata’s The Red: First Light

Having found some writers I enjoyed in Gardener Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-fifth Annual Collection from 2018, I’ve dutifully set about reading some long-form fiction by a few of them. First up is Linda Nagata, whose novel The … Continue reading

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Roger Zelazny’s Roadmarks

Whereupon Paul Weimer takes the road to the Last Exit to Babylon and once again explores a classic of the Zelazny oeuvre, Roadmarks. The road goes ever on and on and he must follow it if he can.  The he … Continue reading

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Ben Aaronovitch’s What Abigail Did That Summer (Rivers of London #5.83)

This is a novella in the Rivers of London series. Abigail Kamara, younger cousin of police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, has been left largely unsupervised while he’s off in the sticks on a case. This leaves Abigail making her own … Continue reading

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Christy Moore’s One Voice: My Life in Song

I know the minds behind them, they’re riddled full of holes, Not to be trusted with their hands at the controls. Their eyesight is twisted by the glory of their careers The heaped praise of flattery is music to their … Continue reading

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Hayden Childs’ Shoot Out The Lights

The 33-1/3 book series by Continuum is rightly praised as one of the best and most innovative forms of rock criticism today. In this series, writers take on the subject of a favorite album and write about it in depth. … Continue reading

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Christopher Moore’s Lamb

When we first meet the Son of God, he’s a young boy with a lizard in his mouth. He takes the lizard out, hands it to his younger brother, who plays with it for a while, then mashes its head … Continue reading

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Christopher Moore’s Fluke, or I Know Why The Winged Whale Sings

Kate Danemark wrote this review. I don’t like whales. Its true. They’re like huge containers of lard, with unattractively gaping maws, lolling in the ocean and taking up an unsettling amount of space. And they’re crusty, which is just icky. … Continue reading

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Christopher Moore’s Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Kate Danemark wrote this review. It’s five a.m., and I’m tired. Unfortunately, I started reading Island of the Sequined Love Nun early last evening, and have been unable to put it down for children, food, or obviously, sleep. Ironically, I … Continue reading

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