Tag: Fantasy

“He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum” Back in September we celebrated the birth of Ken Kesey, author of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘.  Today, we commemorate his death in 2001. But we also have an important …

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              Today is officially Hobbit Day! “Today is my 111th birthday. 111 years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable Hobbits. I don’t know half of you half …

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Taking an average reading speed of 300 words per minute, it would take nearly 100 hours to read the series of books that today’s birthday boy is most famous for (which stands at 1,770,000 words).  Any ideas who it could …

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  Today’s birthday girl is most well-known for her children’s books, but came most to my attention this summer through a wonderful ghost story for older readers and adults.

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Today we celebrate the birth of China Miéville in 1972. China who?  Is that a real name?

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We have two anniversaries to celebrate today: the first a name known to almost everyone; the second is less well known, but equally worth celebrating.  Frederick Pohl and JRR Tolkien both died today, 40 years apart. “A good science fiction …

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Today, in 1920, Ray Bradbury was born. Bradbury is probably best known for writing the classic dystopian novel, ‘Fahrenheit 451‘ (named after the temperature at which he believed paper burst into flames).  We (rightly) have such negative connotations of ‘book-burners’, and …

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click here for the The Hobbit @ Williamson Park: video trailer … Let’s get my personal ‘Hobbit‘ credentials out there from the word go …

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Today marks the release of a new version of Neil Gaiman‘s fabulous ‘Neverwhere‘, set in an alternative London.  What makes this re-issue so exciting is the fact that it is now illustrated with a range of drawings by none other …

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There’s fantasy, and then there’s fantasy, Mervyn Peake-style. Today we celebrate Peake’s birthday – he was born in 1911.  Although a talented and noted artist, illustrator and poet, his name is mostly remembered for his remarkable and unique Gormenghast trilogy.  It’s …

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