Flotsam and Jetsam — Lizzie Ross

4 books reviewed here, and from them you’ll get a sense of my odd taste in reading these days. No particular reason for it — each one spurred by happenstance, satisfying a yen, or whatever. Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees (1926, NYPL e-book). A character in one of Gaiman’s short stories mentions this book, and — […]

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The mirror not yet crack’d — Calmgrove

A woman stands in front of an oval mirror. She is seeing if a shawl she is trying on suits her. She has been standing there for more than a century — since 1910 in fact. And I too have stood for a long time looking at her looking at the looking glass, in which […]

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Serene economy — Calmgrove

Ray Bradbury: Summer Morning, Summer Night Edited by Donn Albright and Jon Eller Harper Voyager 2015 (2008) Its suburbs housed young and old, hermits and gossips, conservatives and eccentrics, the love-lorn and the unlovable; Green Town, Illinois, was — maybe still is — a town of mystery, secrets and heartaches underneath its bland exterior. Bradbury’s […]

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Square pegs — Calmgrove

Louis Sachar: Holes Bloomsbury 2000 (1998) This immensely readable YA novel is a delight: it presents like real-life contemporary fiction but is littered with almost impossible coincidences; it feels like a piece of fantasy at times but is unrelenting in its portrayal of societal realities; it’s peopled by individuals who one moment may be stereotypical […]

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“Greed puts out the sun.” — Calmgrove

Ursula Le Guin: The Other Wind Orion Children’s Books 2002 (2001) O my joy! Before bright Ea was, before Segoy Bade the islands be, The morning wind blew on the sea. O my joy, be free! When Lebannen, king of all the isles of Earthsea, remembers this fragment of a ballad or lullaby from his […]

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Eyres and places — Calmgrove

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has been the subject of much discussion and I won’t pretend that I’m going to add anything novel or groundbreaking to those conversations; all I can do is say what strikes me as interesting or enlightening, in the hope that you too may find it so — even if you disagree […]

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Joan Aiken for Grown Ups…! — Joan Aiken

“It was dusk, winter dusk – snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills…” Does this sound familiar? The opening lines of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase could almost describe a scene from Joan Aiken’s first adult novel, The Silence of Herondale first published just two years after her most famous children’s classic. The […]

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