Monthly Archive: October 2011

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The Night Circus by

In 1873 a package was delivered to a magician. A package that was, in fact, his daughter. The child’s mother had killed herself, distraught at being abandoned by the magician, and yet he rarely...

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Pegasus and the flame by

Mythology and Reality collide! So the blurb on the back of this book tell me. The mythical winged stallion Pegasus crash lands on a rooftop in modern day New York, fleeing a battle which...

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Victorian sex factoids

Victorian sex factoids: Something that becomes accepted as a fact, although it is not (or may not be) true; spec. an assumption or speculation reported and repeated so often that it is popularly considered...

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Julian Barnes wins the Booker

I haven’t read Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, and to be honest I don’t feel any great need to at the moment. It is supposed to be a good read though, so...

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There is no dog by

Imagine that God was a teenage boy, and a spoiled, sulky, sex-crazed one at that. One who became god because his mother won the job gambling. Now imagine that every time he falls in...

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Blackout by

Set in the same ‘verse as Doomsday Book and To say nothing of the dog this is a book about historians. But not the sort of historian you or I might be familiar with,...