John Dickson Carr's essay is now up. https://grandestgame.wordpress.com/the-grandest-game-in-the-world/ Thanks to Ronald Smyth for scanning the images.
Over the last week, I’ve started to introduce a new ratings system, as follows: Five starsGreat / amazingFour starsVery good / really liked itThree starsGood / liked itTwo starsOKOne starPoor / didn’t like it This is based on the Goodreads scale, and on Curt Evans’ GADderdämmerung. Traditionally, I’ve given five-star / “A” ratings both to … Continue reading Stars in my eyes
The murderer can come and go through the walls; is the devil at work?
A look back at books read in 2021.
Murder in East Africa!
One of the funniest books published under the Crime Club banner.
Some very obscure authors might well merit reprinting…
I need a breath of fresh air. Any fans of the 'New Weird' writer China Miéville? I'm two-thirds through Perdido Street Station, wondering whether I want to continue. His imagination can't be faulted, but a lot of it is revolting. One critic said it was the Wizard of Oz written by the Marquis de Sade. … Continue reading Squick
"They yield their full sense only in the light of Babylonian astrology, Talmudic speculation, the liturgy of the Ethiopian Church, the homilies of Clement of Alexandria, the religious essays of Plutarch, and recent studies of Bronze Age archaeology."
À la vie, Halévy!