Author Archives: Timothy

Sleeper and spindle cover May 19

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

I’d been meaning to read this for a while, but since we are interested in the Best Quests this month: time for some Neil Gaiman. Initially I didn’t like this book, because I misunderstood its audience. I thought it was a weak version of Angela Carter, with none of the viscous bite I was expecting. […]

msmarvel2 April 29

Reading Journal : April 2015

April was an interesting month for me, because I came to the end of a long jag of naval fiction, and looked around for something to replace it. I didn’t find a satisfactory series, but thrashing around was, itself, interesting. (30) Hornblower in the West Indies by CS Forester This is the last Hornblower novel […]

poppies April 24

ANZAC Day, reading and the duty of memory

On ANZAC Day, we are reminded by Kipling that we are not to forget. There are different types of forgetting, though. One of the most insidious is to wrap history in mythology and ceremony, and then remember that, in place of events and people. Soon after the War this habit in Australians, to celebrate the […]

Disturbing jester April 17

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder: all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis The week before Halloween, a carnival train arrives in a small American village. The freakish performers of Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show offer the residents of Greentown their secret desires. Only two teenaged boys, and a man weighed down with age, understand […]

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Vikings and the Origin of the Musical

Much as evolutionary biologists are shocked and gratified when they discover the teeth of an unknown primate, I was amazed yesterday to discover that the Vikings liked musicals.  I was listening to the Librivox version of The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald, and noticed that there were clear signs of it […]

hornblower2 March 27

Reading Journal: March 2015

(19) The Intoxicated Ghost and Other Stories by Arlo Bates. Arlo Bates wasan American author and academic early in the Twentieth Century. The collection is interesting, but not excellent, saving one story I’d like to highlight Miss Gaylord and Jenny, which is one of the earliest uses of dissociative identity disorder I’ve seen in fiction. […]

Hold me closer cover March 23

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Book Club Discussion Questions)

“Tiny Cooper is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but I believe he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.” – John Green.

Cutdown of cover of capital in the 21st century March 03

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty : Book Club Discussion Questions

Please be aware that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers Synopsis This book has been surprising in how little controversy it has evoked, with even mainstream journals of economics noting its depth of research and persuasive arguments. Piketty’s basic thesis is that global society has the choice between a progressive capital tax or the […]

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Ready player one cover March 02

Reading Journal: February 2015

A little fantasy and non-fiction for the month…

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