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The Poet in Exile

The Poet in Exile by Ray Manzarek Ray Manzarek used to be the keyboardist with legendary group The Doors. This rather slim novel is a bit of a mixture – part-wish fullfillment fantasy, part roman a clef. For a Doors fan, the early, gossipy, bitchy roman a clef part is the most entertaining – you […]


Cell by Stephen King The blurb on the back claims that King is the greatest storyteller ever. Oh no he’s not. Not on the evidence of this, anyway. I can instantly come up with the names of at least three other authors whose plotting and characterisation are consistently superior to this. (OK, the three are […]

The Minotaur

The Minotaur by Barbara Vine I have been a long-time fan of Barbara Vine (who also writes as Ruth Rendell). Her novels deal with mytseries and secrets and the dark things that hide behind surbuban faces – especially English suburban faces. They often aren’t entirely successful; in particular, she has constant problems making her working-class […]

Granny Made Me An Anarchist

Granny Made Me An Anarchist by Stuart Christie. Stuart Christie is probably a completely unknown name for anyone under fifty (in fact, he’s probably equally unknown to most over-fifties too); he was deeply involved in anarchist politics and activism in Britain, Scotland and Europe in the 60s and 70s. His main claim to fame is […]

tNeptune opp nPluto

That’s the transit I’ve got right now. Ho hum, another bummer time to deal with. Don’t feel up to explaining about it, except I’m not handling stress at all well. Anyway, at least I’ve got some chance to relax. The Elfin stuff is nearly wrapped up – just got to wait for Caro to send […]

Badger’s Moon

It’s been a long time since I wrote; so, as I’ve been doing lots of reading (my computer is not healthy and needs lots of time off), I’ll do a bit a literary criticism. Last week in the library, when I spotted Badgers Moon by Peter Tremayne, I got pretty excited. I already knew that […]