J.G. Ballard : The Complete Short Stories
Aug21

J.G. Ballard : The Complete Short Stories

The Pacifics of Our Imaginations: J.G. Ballard The Complete Short Stories       “In the codes of Renata’s body, in the junctions of nipple and finger, in the sulcus of her buttocks, waited the possibilities of a benevolent psychopathology.”  (Zodiac 2000) “Its ruined appearance [was] profoundly depressing, an Auschwitz of the soul whose mausoleums contained the mass graves of the still undead.” (The Terminal Beach) “Already...

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A Feast for Crows: Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire
Aug21

A Feast for Crows: Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire

A Feast for Crows Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire     Those early episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones…they seem so long ago, don’t they?  Why, back then Ned Stark’s head was still firmly attached to his shoulders and Daenerys’s dragons were cute and playful little tykes.  Now, with the penultimate series well under way, Ned’s head is but a distant memory and the dragons are all grown up and ready to burn… So I thought it might...

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Nemo: Heart of Ice
Jul10

Nemo: Heart of Ice

Nemo: Heart of Ice     “Sailed from Lincoln [Island] with the morning tide, and a heavy heart.  I am discouraged by the fact that my young wife has lately given birth not to a son and heir, as I had been convinced the gods would surely grant me, but a daughter that she has named Janni, for her mother.  Though she often brings the child to me and tries to make me love her, I cannot, so great has been my disappointment.  Thus I...

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Providence Act 2
Jul10

Providence Act 2

Providence Act 2   “There’s no gettin’ out.  Where I’m from, everything’s like me.” — Brown Jenkin     Seamus, down at Galway’s excellent Sub-City Comics doesn’t overly care for Alan Moore.  And the main reason appears to be Moore’s many depictions of rape in his work.  The writer has explained his reasons for that, but Seamus isn’t buying it. So when I was finished reading Providence Act 1 I was happy to let him know...

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Providence  Act 1
Jun28

Providence Act 1

Providence Act 1   This piece is currently in The Lovecraft eZine   This is an overview and as such contains minor spoilers     “Today began with one of those blue skies that seems so perfect it can only go on to betray you horribly.” – Robert Black’s Commonplace Book   It’s many a long year since I bought an individual comic-book.  In fact it may be decades, more like.  There’s a fair chance that any interesting long run these...

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Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End
Jun17

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End   Contains Major Spoilers   Well now, twice in one week; wonder what that means. Ten or so days ago I found myself left with a feeling of bleak sadness on rereading Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.  It was a sort of ‘localised’ sadness:  just this recognition of time passing and even ending for those who I love or have loved through the years.  Of the Veil pulling back and Oz the Great and Terrible...

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