When it comes to crime novels, I prefer murder-mysteries over thrillers and conspiracy theories. I’m just not that keen on fast-paced stories of People in High Places Covering Up. TV series tend to go a bit silly over that kind of thing and ruins an otherwise good thing. James Bond is not really my cup… Continue reading Moonraker
The world of children’s books outside of picture books is one of the most magical, most exciting places there is. Anything is possible in children’s fiction. This list is for children who may be beginning to read for themselves, for those aged about 7-12. In no particular order, and there may be some overlap with… Continue reading Top Ten Children’s Books: Part Two
Women can be wizards, right? Well, not according to the Wizard Lore of the Discworld, as bowed down to by the wizards of the Unseen University, they can’t. And Granny Weatherwax, witch of the Ramtops, agrees. Women who want to play with magic can be become witches, and men wizards, but men can’t be witches… Continue reading Equal Rites
There is a good series of mystery novels: the British Library Crime Classics. They’re reissues of Golden Age crime novels. I’m discovering lots of ‘new’ novelists. One of these is Mavis Doriel Hay, whose Death on the Cherwell I picked up in my last library haul. The body of the Bursar of Persephone College, Oxford,… Continue reading Death on the Cherwell
I heard tell of a new list of the world’s greatest children’s books, as chosen by Twitter-users. The BBC’s #LovetoRead campaign, if you’re a Twitter-user and have come across it. I’m not so I only heard about it after the fact, when someone in The Guardian complained about the Top 10. The campaign asked this… Continue reading Top 10 Children’s Books: Part One
My favourite of the Norse myths is the Saga of the Volsungs, the tale of Odin’s descendants of whom the most famous is Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer. It’s a saga which was well-known throughout the mediaeval Germanic world, being vaguely historical from about the 5th Century – one of the characters in the German Nibelungenlied is… Continue reading Expecting Someone Taller?
I normally avoid books with a first-person narrative. I don’t know why, but they annoy me. Perhaps it’s because the ones I often pick up, and then put down again, are narrated by young or young-ish people (my age or younger). Adult narrators seem harder to come by. My favourite novels – the Fanny Logan… Continue reading First-Person Narrative