Tag Archives: Genre

Beyond the Happy Ending: Diane Setterfield’s the Thirteenth Tale

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. 2006. Toronto: Random-Anchor, 2007. For some reason, I had never found/made time to read The Thirteenth Tale despite my being aware of its stature as an international bestseller, so when a copy was lent to … Continue reading

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Amnesia as Allegory? Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant

Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Buried Giant. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2015. You may have noticed that I actually listed this book under my Currrently Reading tab at least a couple of months ago. Perhaps the length of time it took me to … Continue reading

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That (Un)Certain Licence: Nostalgia and Anxiety in Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Fleming, Ian. James Bond: The Complete Collection. n.pub. n.d. Not long ago, being stuck ill in bed, I downloaded James Bond: The Complete Collection into my ereader for the low price of $9.99. I was temporarily bedridden, without access to … Continue reading

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Spells and Memory: Re-entering Enchanted Woods with de la Mare’s Told Again

de la Mare, Walter. Told Again: Old Tales Told Again.[1927, 1955] Introd. Philip Pullman. Illus. A. H. Watson. Oddly Modern Fairy Tales. Ed. Jack Zipes. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015. I remember well my first collection of fairy stories. I remember … Continue reading

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Elemental(?) Pleasures: Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

Harkness, Deborah. The All Souls Trilogy being A Discovery of Witches, (2011), Shadow of Night, (2012), The Book of Life. New York: Viking Penguin, 2014.  As you’ve probably noticed if you are a regular follower of my blog, most though … Continue reading

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Dark Matters: Magic and Memory in Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. New York: Morrow-HarperCollins, 2013. In my review not long ago of Gaiman and Patchett’s Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch, I referred to the suggestion … Continue reading

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Cheese, Wine, Snobbery: Not Quite Stream of Consciousness on Genre

As at the moment I’m only half way through Margaret Macmillan’s The War That Ended Peace (over seven hundred pages), and I don’t really like reviewing works until I’ve finished them, I thought I might indulge myself in some not, I … Continue reading

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