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review 2017-09-17 14:57
Magic Realism Square
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter

- A story about stories and illusion.



Magic and reading have something in common. It’s that thin wedge that question of what is real and what is fantasy. We know that the magician is doing some trick, but we just can’t get it, can’t figure it out. With books, good ones at least, the trick is the writing taking you someplace else. Books aren’t the only thing that can do this – a good movie, painting, music. 
It’s this line between reality and fantasy that Carter explores in this novel about a circus performer who may actually have real wings. At first glance it seems as if Fevvers is the only character with this problem, but every character in the book comes into contact with this question. Even the tigers, which may or may not really be jealous lovers.
In many ways, this is the human condition, the search for ourselves. Is our work face our real face? It might not be the wings that Fevvers has, but the question of reality and fantasy is one we change and fight in some way every day

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text 2016-09-26 17:30
Gothic Square
Unholy Loves - Lisa Appignanesi

 

 

Appignanesi is a wonderful writer.  I love her Memory Man.  Her Dead of Winter is great.

 

This book not so much.  The gothic mood is captured very well, but I didn't care what happened to anyone.  It was so much annoying. And too predictable.

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review 2016-09-23 19:28
Okay this was cool
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

I never watched the Sleepy Hollow series.  But this rendition of the famous story is pretty cool.  What I have always loved about this story is the great use of humor.  Irving you wicked man you.  

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review 2016-09-23 19:14
Spooky but
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong

Nicely spooky and a very nice story in terms of how the ending is handled.  I do wish that the girlfriend had been better drawn as a characters.  She almost comes into her own at the end, but prior to that she comes across as little more than f**k buddy instead of the true love that both partners came.  Though, to be fair, she is far from a bimbo.

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review 2016-09-05 01:01
Supernatural Square
The Haunted Looking Glass - Edward Gorey,Robert Walser,Ward Gorey
So the great Gorey and I have some of the same tastes in fiction. And we both like cats.

Some of these stories are well known - such as "The Monkey's Paw", which is one of those stories that never grows stale at all. Others are not, such as "August Heat", a rather chilling tale. What is interesting is that Blakwood's story "The Empty House" and Wilkie Collins' "The Dream Woman" make use of rather strong women, where as the others don't. In fact, Nesbit's story seems to be also poking fun at the classes and the differences between rural and city folk.
 
 

 

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