“Men of good fortune, often cause empires to fall / While men of poor beginnings, often can’t do anything at all.” – Lou Reed (‘Men of Good Fortune.’) This is an analysis of the excellent Neil Gaiman story ‘Men of Good Fortune’ which first appeared in the Sandman series (Volume 2 – ‘A Doll’s House.’). … More Analysis – Neil Gaiman’s ‘Men of Good Fortune’ – a labour of love.
In honour of my recent post about one of mankind’s greatest achievements – libraries, here’s a list to reflect the honorable practice of founding, assembling and maintaining them. Some of History’s Famous Librarians, Library Founders and Bibliophiles Ashurbanipal (c. 668 – 627BC) King of the neo-Assyrian empire and founder of one of the earliest known … More Librarians and Library Founders
I have been a fan of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! books almost as long as I have been reading. Here is my affectionate tribute to his series and the results of a recent playthrough I did. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Any mistakes in this are entirely down … More Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! – Walkthrough Guide
My humble attempt to map out one of literature’s greatest arenas of the imagination. Enjoy. Map of Dante’s Inferno Vestibule (The Futile and the Pusillanimous) – Celestine V / Pontius Pilate (text unclear) – Chase after an ever-moving banner while stung by wasps, insects etc. Upper Hell Circle One / Limbo (The Noble Pagans) – Denied … More Guide to Dante’s Inferno
This is a little disjointed and a little rambling – but then, so are the best libraries and labyrinths… I am a classic introvert – and that’s one of the reasons I have always loved libraries as well as labyrinths. What do I mean by this? Unwind your ball of thread with me as I … More Libraries and Labyrinths
I’ve had this book ever since I was a small child and some of these stories really stuck in my head. Here’s a review of all the short stories herein. The Shadow Cage And Other Tales of the Supernatural by Phillipa Pearce (1977) The Shadow Cage **** A young boy acquires a strange old bottle which … More Review – The Shadow Cage (short stories)
I’m a big Shakespeare fan and while I haven’t read all the plays (I’m about four or five short), this is a guide to the body count in each of his plays. I did this ages ago for a project looking at the violence in classic literature. It’s a bit of fun really, and I … More Shakespeare’s Body Count – Or Who Gets Whacked and Where?