Category Archives: Assigned Reading

Suns, long and short

For the past few months I’ve worked my way through Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Short sun, only recently finishing the final volume, and thus finally wrapping up his whole Solar Cycle which began with The Book of the New … Continue reading

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Top ten books I read in 2016

As usual, this list rears its head in December. And as also is usual, none of the books listed here were actually published in 2016. However, this one is somewhat unusual in that it has a dearth of sci-fi and … Continue reading

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Nightside

In spite of giving Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun top billing in my recent top 20 books list, I’ve long put off reading the other two series set in the same universe: The Book of the Long Sun, … Continue reading

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THE top 20 favourite prose fiction books list

This one is the real deal. All the other lists were just warm-up practice.

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Yet another saga

My experience with comics and manga is pretty spotty: outside of childhood staples like Calvin and Hobbes and the more famous stuff like Sandman and Watchmen, I’m pretty unread. Enough so to find myself bewildered by the two occasions I’ve … Continue reading

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Literary developments

In those days carts were used as pillories are now; where each large town now has three thousand or more carts, in those times they had but one. Like our pillories, that cart was for all criminals alike, for all … Continue reading

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Le comte

After 1245 pages, I’ve arrived at the end of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Writing a blog post almost seems superfluous, given how iconic it is in the annals of popular fiction, but let’s have a shot … Continue reading

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Le Morte D’Arthur

It took me about a year or so, but I finally finished Sir Thomas Malory’s English compendium of Arthurian legend. While you can find more graceful tellings of these stories elsewhere, Malory’s attempt to capture all the facets of them … Continue reading

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Bah, humbug!

Oh hey, whadyaknow, Christmas is less than two weeks away. Luckily, I remembered to get you what you wanted this year: a bad audiobook recording by yours truly! Yes, now you can listen to me read from that most famous … Continue reading

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Top ten books of 2015

It’s that time of year again. As always, this list is composed of books I read in 2015, not necessarily books that were published in 2015. Indeed, none of the books on this list hit the shelves this year. The … Continue reading

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