12 Books in 12 Months

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Kate Beaton

Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice

Everything I know, I’ve learned from the internet.  Here’s a sample offering of what I’ve found out in the past week:

That last one got me thinking, mainly about Mr Darcy.  I know, any excuse – AMIRIGHT, LAYDEES?!


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The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5

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Yesterday’s list of reasons to hate the kindle got quite a lot of hits for comparatively little publicity, which is interesting.  Presumably it reflects the mood of the internet at present.  However, in the interests of impartiality (I still haven’t come down on either side of the fence) today I feel I probably ought to post some reasons why you should buy the kindle and love it more than your own children.  This inclination is one of the trials and tribulations of being a revisionist historian/journalist – one must always look at both sides of the fictitious coin.  Here goes.  Continue reading “The Great Kindle Challenge: Day 5”

Getting to Grips With Graphic Novels

This is my last post about the book festival, which finished yesterday with what I can only assume was a life-changing production of Alasdair Gray’s Fleck (I don’t know for sure as I didn’t manage to get a ticket.  Instead I went to see The Guard, a black comedy with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle which was very funny – highly recommended).

Said post contains my thoughts on a session I went to last week about graphic novels, run by Dr Mel (“don’t google Mel Gibson, google Dr Mel Comics!”) Gibson and self styled ‘comicker’ Emma Vieceli.

“I had a crush on Asterix,” offers Emma early on in the discussion.

“Fair enough,” Dr Mel lies effortlessly (or maybe she really does think it’s fair enough.  Who am I to judge.)  “We had Asterix in the school library in every single European language other than English.  English was cheating.”

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Hayfever Sets In

Afternoon all, I trust you are well.

If not, maybe these links will cheer you up.  And don’t worry, I’ll be home soon, and all this scheduled post madness will be naught but a distant memory.

Hark, A Vagrant (comic by Kate Beaton)

To Plan or Not to Plan – a reader writes in to ask me whether I do this off the cuff.  I reply.

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