Monthly Archive: September 2011

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In defence of dogs by

I watch The Dog Whisperer, and while I enjoy it I’m often put off by Milan’s insistence that the dog wants to be the dominate one of the partnership. And the whole alpha dog thing, it just doesn’t sit well with...

The ugly duckling

Sagas of Icelanders

So myself and himself have gotten in the habit of bedtime stories. We started off with some fairy tales. First those classic old Ladybird books. We were doing some wearing out at work so I nabbed a couple of the real...

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Warrior dir. by

The opening scenes of Warrior feature The National’s Start a war and a character listening to Moby Dick. Not what you may expect when going to see a film about mixed martial arts fighters beating the crap out of one another....

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Julie of the wolves by

Received free from NetGalley Written in 1972 this is the story of Miyax, whose English name is Julie, and her attempt to run away to San Fransicso. When the story begins she is alone in the wilderness. A nearby wolf-pack give...

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Fragile things week 3 by

This is just a round-up post of my thoughts after week three of the Fragile things read. As with any short story collection some of the stories worked for me, and other didn’t. I tend to like the more traditional stories,...

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Other people (Fragile Things week 3) by

Spoilers below Hell is other people, so the saying goes. But in this story hell is pain and the life you’ve lived. Other people is another short short story. Just a couple of pages, so I won’t be writing much about...

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Bitter grounds (Fragile things week 3) by

Spoilers ahead! What makes you want to abandon your life? To chuck it all and just leave? In Bitter grounds we are never told exactly why the narrator leaves his home, but it certainly has something to do with a woman....

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Going Wodwo (Fragile things week 3) by

Beware of spoilers. Discussion welcome. Okay, this is one of those posts where I may type and type and yet say nothing, because I’m really unsure of what I want to say. I guess I don’t like it all that much....

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Closing time (Fragile things week 2) by

Watch out for spoilers below. This is more of a discussion about rather than a review of sort of post. Yet another story within a story. Of course, that is a very traditional format for ghost stories, Turn of the Screw...

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The Flints of Memory Lane (Fragile things week 2) by

As usual with these group reads a spoiler warning is in full effect. They are discussion posts rather than reviews. Things that are “story-shaped” are explainable. Explicable even. But real life is not always so. Things happen at random and the...