Happy Diwali

Man its cold today. Cold cold cold. And that rain! Its verging on sleet so it is. Did no one tell the weather that it is still only October? But sure we’ll cope. Somehow. Possibly by using coats, scarves and maybe even gloves. And hats. Hats might be utilized in some manner. But then again […]

Royal Escape

No ISBN ; Elsewhere

Set after the execution of Charles I, this book tells the story of Charles II after his forces lose the Battle of Worcester[1] and he is forced to try and escape the country and go into hiding in France. To be honest there isn’t much of a plot to this book. Okay, so we have the would-be king riding about the English countryside, or sometimes walking, trying to escape. But we all know that he does, escape that is, I mean we have all heard of the Restoration[2] right? So the book is more of a character study of Charles II

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its a meme!

I can’t remember the last time I did a meme, but I stumbled across this one over here and figured why not. Go to urbandictionary.com and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST MOST AMUSING OR STRANGE definition it gives you Online Name: Fence – Intense : […]

Conscience is a nuisance. A fly. A barking dog.

What a strange and wonderfully weird place the world is. Okay, not always in a wonderful way, I mean have you heard about the budget? Hardly wonderful to be taxing peoples on minimum wage now is it. And as for the cut-backs that are forthcoming. Well, maybe if we ignore it it’ll get better. Where […]

Venetia

ISBN: 9780099465652 ;Elsewhere on the web “A fox got in among the hens last night, and ravished our best layer,” remarked Miss Lanyon. “A great-grandmother, too! You’d think he would be ashamed!” Venetia Lanyon lives with her younger brother Aubrey, managing the estate for her elder brother who is away with the army. Or abandoning […]

The Giant, O’Brien

ISBN: 038525895X See also: Elsewhere ; RIP III

“Bring in the cows now. Time to shut up for the night”.
There came three cows, breathing in the near-dark: swishing with the tips of their tails, their bones showing through hide.

This book isn’t labelled as horror; I’m guessing you are more likely to find it in the fiction or literary fiction section of a bookshop rather than the horror or even historical fiction section. But it fits under both. If you ask me.

The Giant of the title is based on the real life story of Charles Byrne but this is never intended to follow his life story. The real Byrne merely provides the inspiration. Along with the real John Hunter, real-life surgeon and anatomist. What Mantel does is use their stories as a jumping off point, an examination of the characters and their times. So of course it makes no pretence at being a real story.

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there must be some taurus

Tis fair cold out today boys[1] Fair cold. Could even have done with a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Guess it really is October now. And autumn[2] or fall. Whatever, I’m all about embracing[3] the multitude of cultures. So happy Eid-ul-Fitr. And yes, that was yesterday[4] but still. Effort here. And of course happy Rosh […]