Cerys Matthews tells the story of one of the great literary treasures of the medieval world, The Mabinogion, ancient tales that were later translated from Welsh.
Death in the Iliad
Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation
Matthew Chapter 25
INFOGRAPHIC TELLS YOU HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S BEST-LOVED BOOKS
Mr Rochester’s Faults
Lives And Loves Of Virginia Woolf And Bloomsbury Group Brought To Screen In BBC’s ‘Life In Squares’ Drama
1896 Pop Up Book
Summer Read Along Count of Monte Cristo
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of Night
I Capture the Castle
Hemingway’s Hidden Metafictions: the lost, aborted Hemingway sounds way more interesting
The 3 Most Underrated Literary Heroines
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 GREATEST PYGMALION STORIES & THE PLEASURE MERCHANT: VERY frustrating
Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830
(slightly off-topic, but in re: the above–Idk in some ways I do view my presence in the UK as somewhat involuntary? it would be impossible to bring my partner to the US, the US/my region particularly are v. politically hostile. It’s not ACTUAL EXILE but neither is it like, 100% free choice.)
Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview
How Unauthorized Is the New Book About Harper Lee?
Be Suspicious of the New Harper Lee Novel
Book Review: The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 by Gregory Tate
Book Review: Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England by Ian Ward
VIVIAN GREY AND DORIAN GRAY<–this is the only other person I can find talking about the crack-theory I had in hs that won me my AP English Lit 5 :p
1896 Pop Up Book
That Time J.M. Barrie Founded A Truly Atrocious Cricket Club
Park Chan-wook’s Fingersmith adaptation confirmed
Bertie the Aromantic? o tumblr, o mores
COME AND SEE FRIENDS!! COME AND SEE!! AT LAST IT IS COME!! THE WORST TUMBLR ANALYSIS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!
Not interested in Bingo Little’s lovelife? Well then you must be: AROMANTIC!! –> Even Bingo Little is not interested in Bingo Little’s Love Life: the Ten Minutes Ago Classic Love Oldies Collection.
Like there are some reasons to think Bertie is gay or asexual–but *this* is so paper thin that paper is embarrassed. Paper is ashamed.
It’s the tone of rapturous and absolute DISCOVERY that grates my cheese–OH WHY DID I NEVER SEE THE SINGULAR AND TOTAL TRUTH OF BERTIE WOOSTER’S AROMANTICISM BEFORE?! MY GOD!! HOW COULD ANY BEING EXIST IN SUCH IGNORANCE?!??!?
It’s just such feeble meta? Like if a first-year student turned this in to me: interesting suggestion! but over-eager truth claims and insufficient argumentation. 60? 59?
I can see why you’d go looking to liberally use the text for political reasons but like, it’s weird in a way that this is written in a fannish context because this is like, evacuating the text’s specificity to make room for your meaning–rather than the more delicate and attentive and fannish work of queering the text. Idk I sort of imagine this is like: tumblr meta: a common-ass thing and it’s like, god what is the fucking point of paying attention to this mehitude? It’s going to be that SPOT THE ISM!! shit that trendily keeps changing, and that is like, What Conservative Lay-People Think English Academia Is About.
Mythago Wood: A True Fantasy Masterwork
on considering reading George R.R. Martin
Once Upon a Time review – Marina Warner’s scholarly history of the fairytale
Ombria in Shadow
All of the Books – recommended reading
Such Sights To Show You: Women in the Works of Clive Barker
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
Mira Corpora, by Jeff Jackson
‘I’ve spent parts of today re-reading Julie Phillips’ James Tiptree, Jr. The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (I’m up to the 1950s so far, pre-Tiptree). It remains an incredibly interesting read, but also a very discomfiting one, because Phillips is very committed to the idea of Sheldon as a “woman writer”.’
10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Me by Gail Carriger
Anita Nair, Idris: Keeper of the Light
APPRECIATION: KATHERINE ADDISON’S EMOTIONAL PRECISION IN THE GOBLIN EMPEROR
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
On Being Undone by a Light Breeze, by Vajra Chandrasekera
Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel
The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night
Barriers & Cages: SFF utopia
The Country of Ice Cream Star
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies.
When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.
“THEN, A HELLBEAST ATE THEM”: NOTES ON HORROR FICTION AND EXPECTATIONS
Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor’s Babe
Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales
weird world fiction syllabus
Sleeps With Monsters: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones
David Mitchell offers clues to new novel The Bone Clocks – interactive
10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing
Strange Horizons Book Club: Tigerman
Call and Response by Paul Kincaid: Reviewed by Liz Bourke
Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names Clarkesworld Sees
Archive of Edwardian-era Writer of Horror, Sci-fi Donated to UCR: ‘Hodgson was one of the most important writers of weird fiction of the early 20th century, acknowledged by H.P. Lovecraft as a seminal influence on his own horror fiction, said Latham, a scholar of science fiction studies. “His novels ‘The House on the Borderland’ and ‘The Night Land’ are masterpieces of macabre atmosphere and dreamy inventiveness, works that once read can never be forgotten,” Latham said.’
Shirley Jackson’s dark powers are back at work from beyond the grave: “Garlic in Fiction, a new collection from the late master of shocking but subtle horror, is due next year. I’ll be watching out for it, and so should you”
WOMEN IN SF PANEL PART 1
SLF DIVERSE WRITERS AND DIVERSE WORLDS GRANTS
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Fire in the Unnameable Country
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer: PASTORAL AS UNCANNY
Nine Worlds Book List
Nine Worlds: The ‘Just Don’t’ list from Writing the Other workshop
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 SCIENCE FICTION STORIES ABOUT EXISTING TECHNOLOGY
The Mermaid’s Wish – recording now online!
Over-sensitive male feminists who can’t take a joke? I’ve blogged about the day the #BaenAwardStories hashtag died.
I have read the Clarke Award shortlist and
DIANA WYNNE JONES
Enchanting Places: Readers and Pilgrimage in the Novels of Diana Wynne Jones
Diana Wynne Jones, FARAH MENDLESOHN
international Diana Wynne Jones covers
Diana Wynne Jones bibliography
Review: Diana Wynne Jones’ The Islands of Chaldea
Return of the X-Files: the truth is … unclear: “So a new X-Files could perhaps happen. Perhaps the real question is: should it? What would it even be about? Since the show’s original 1990s run, reality has caught up with the paranoiac outlook of Mulder: we’re desensitised to amoral governments acting against the interests of their people, been exposed to unsettling conspiracies that go to the heart of the establishment, and have felt the effects of shadowy cabals of financiers and terrorists operating across international borders with impunity. We live in an X-Files world now, and it’s actually rather depressing. Discovering that aliens have been at least partly responsible for how we’ve messed up as a species might actually come as a relief.”
OVER THE GARDEN WALL
“I Make Ends Meet”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Two
“Content to Be Slightly Forlorn”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Three
“The Haunted Ruins of Night”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Four
Why You Need To Watch “Over The Garden Wall”
WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE
The 42 Stages Of “Welcome To Night Vale” Addiction
the level of backlash WTNV and its writers have gotten for casting Will Wheaton, a straight actor, as Earl Harlan, a (most likely) bisexual character.