Author Archives: Timothy

poisoned crown cutdown image August 01

July reading diary : a little murder, a little warfare, a little ukulele…

A mixed month of books: a little murder, a little warfare, a little ukulele… (73-74) The Strangled Queen and The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon I started this series last month, and liked the first book, but felt it was incomplete. The Iron King sets up the characters for the author, who uses them in […]

Mad Love Cover July 31

Batman : Mad Love And Other Stories

The Suicide Squad movie hits theaters this week, so if you are the type who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, may I suggest Batman : Mad Love and Other Stories? It is the origin for Harley Quinn (the woman with the multicolored hair on the movie posters). Harley’s development as a […]

Vegetarian haggis July 27

Facing the terrors of antediluvian vegetarianism for Cooking for Copyright

Time to make the vegetarian haggis.

cooking4copyright July 27

Classic Australian Recipes

This week book coasters is supporting Cooking For Copyright. To inspire you, let’s break out some modern collections of classic Australian cookery.

TheMovingToyshop2 July 07

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin : Book Club Discussion Questions

‘Well, I’m going to the police,’ said Cadogan. ‘If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the sort of book in which characters don’t go to the police when they’ve no earthly reason for not doing so.’

“You’ve got an earthly reason for not doing so immediately.”

“What’s that?”

“The pubs are open…Let’s go and have a drink before we do anything rash.”

Templars_on_Stake_02 July 06

The Iron King by Maurice Druon – Book club discussion questions

“Too young to fear or even imagine death, they would not hesitate to distribute it around them.”

The Full Spectrum is looking for young authors

So, we don’t usually post about competitions here, but reviews of David Levithan’s material have been hugely popular, and our comrades down at the Arts Centre are gearing up for the GlitterĀ Festival, so… If you are, or know, an author under 21 somewhere on the LGBTQI+ (add you own abbreviations here: they’ve already apologised for […]

June Reading Diary : Classics of Fantasy

To explore our ongoing theme of the Best Quests, I’ve been sampling ancient fantasy and travel literature. (58-9) The Book of Wonder and Tales of Three Hemispheres by Lord Dunsany Lord Dunsany is one of the great founders of fantasy, and his works are easy to recommend to those interested in the genre. Dunsany writes […]

The Good the Bad and the Uncann May 27

Reading Journal for May: So many quests…

A trip to faerie, through the dark heart of London, and to the shining city of heroes.

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. […]


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