Category Archives: Literature

12 Books of Christmas: The Great Gatsby

Having The Great Gatsby as a favourite novel is a cliche, a quick review of the top dozen hits for that search on google all included it. The main difference between it and, say, Ulysses or War and Peace as the Greatest Novel Ever Written ™, everyone … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

If the key to understanding a person really is understanding their hobby horses, then understanding me is a matter of understanding the Mystery-Investigation Complex. While I love science fiction and fantasy, my truest love is the detective story, whether playing … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Iliad

We are at an interesting moment in cultural awareness, where all cultural values in The West ™ are being renegotiated for new sensibilities and emergent values. One recent focus for these has been Leia, from Star Wars. Two things seem to … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

I have recently embarked on the exciting and daunting world of internet dating, which has given me the opportunity to answer various profiling questions so a computer algorithm can determine who I am and match me with someone compatible. It’s … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: My One Contribution To Chess

I learned to play Chess sometime before I started school, and throughout school I remember going to the chess club to play other students. Despite a heap of practice I was never one of the strongest players around, and I … Continue reading

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Read Means Run [2012]

I held a little party recently and in attendance was a Raymond Chandler fan other than me – an automatic win, I’d say. We got talking about The Simple Art of Murder, and W.H. Auden’s Guilty Vicarage, with a little detour through … Continue reading

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Live and Let Die [1954]

The James Bond we meet at the start of Live and Let Die is not quite the same man we left at the end of Casino Royale. The Bond in Casino Royale was a gambler happy to take a 50/50 split, who … Continue reading

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