Monthly Archives: September 2011


Sagas of Icelanders

The ugly duckling

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 old ones and borrowed a few of the less tatty ones. Then we turned to free ebooks and got

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Warrior dir. by

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

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. Nick Nolte plays Paddy Conlon, an old man now, sober for almost 1,000 days when the film begins, but

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Julie of the wolves by

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

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 her hope that maybe she can survive and she attempts to communicate with them. Initially they prove disinterested in

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Fragile things week 3 by

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

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, where we have somewhat of a resolution or development. The more open-ended and experimental, or just atmospheric I don’t

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

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

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 everything has consequences that may not be visible right now, but some day, to some person they might. In

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Forbidden brides of the faceless slaves in the secret house of the night of dread desire by

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

I’m, as usual, playing catch up. Never got around to posting on the stories I read for week 2, so hopefully I’ll get through them all this time around. As usual with these group reads a spoiler warning is in full effect. They are discussion posts rather than reviews. This is another meta-fiction. A story within a story within a

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