Devil World [Star Trek novel]

Not to be confused with the NES oddity of the same name Devil World is an early Star Trek spin-off novel from 1979. I bought a handful of reprints of those in the late-’80s/early-’90s from the local discount bookshop. The reason I’m doing a post about this one is because I recently bought it second-hand…

SDTOTD #6: ‘Ow chuffed? Spell-chuffed!

Earlier today I had cause to reference the notional, self-awarded badge one is accused of wearing when one is “chuffed”. Per Online Etymology Dictionary: “pleased, happy,” c. 1860, British dialect, from obsolete chuff “swollen with fat” (1520s). Because I was typing not talking I found myself caught trying to figure out, how DO you spell…

80 Days (PC)

This review contains some mild spoilers for situations which may arise in the game. This 2014 indie title which received a number of awards and mainstream press attention is based on the Jules Verne novel Around The World In Eighty Days. Maybe I should say “inspired by” as it takes the concept and main characters,…

What Is Best In Life #14

Having either hit a wall or finished (to my satisfaction) many of my recent games I’m on a reading kick at the moment. Having finally picked up that copy of The Werewolf And The Wormlord which I bought back in February, I found myself a chapter or two in confronted with the following: Stavenger, eh?…

The Lathe Of Heaven – Ursula K Le Guin

Spoilery book review follows! If you’re interested in ’70s sci-fi classics and likely to read the novel in the near future you might want to hold off reading. If anyone wants to borrow it you’re welcome, I’m thinking it’s definitely right up Retrolechuck’s street for one. I’ve not read any of Le Guin‘s novels previously,…

Hark, I Hear Herne!

Of Herne The Hunter — Of the Author William Harrison Ainsworth — Of LibriVox and the Free Audiobook experience — Being less a Review of These Things than a Short Ramble through the Grounds of Windsor Castle. Da22‘s post last month about his Beltain Festival experience had me thinking again about Herne The Hunter. Notably…

Mithrandom

As many of you know, when it comes to Tolkein scholarship I know not half so much as you know and deserve more than half less of what I know you could learn. I’ve been reading his book for more than three years and one unmarked thing I may be the first mythieopoet to discover…

The Fourth Unity Is Control

Things to know before reading. This isn’t a game review, although there are very minor spoilers for Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) and Abe’s Oddysee (PS1), plus I once read the Wikipedia article on Aristotle’s Classical Unities. If you take nothing else away from this piece, remember that last one….

The Last Day

The final edition of The New Day was published on Friday 6th May. It lasted an astonishingly-brief 50 issues or 9 weeks. That’s shorter than VGR2016 has held out, languors or no! Since I’d covered the launch previously and picked up the odd issue, I bought a copy of the last paper to see how…

Portends A Raging Bloom

As some of you may know my lovely GF Evil-Lyn recently won the chance to go to a semi-intimate Q&A thing with Orlando Bloom, part of the promotional push for the upcoming Pirates Of The Corbynean IX: Tax More, Cut-lass! Naturally, I got dragged along. Since I didn’t have a clue what to ask about…

The New Day And The Next Day

OK, so a new newspaper launched in the UK on Monday. This uncommon event (remember Today?) is particularly noteworthy in the current publishing climate, where The Independent has very recently announced intentions to go online-only and its concise sister paper i has been sold off to new owners/collaborators. So, what distinguishes The New Day from…

New Arrivals – Feb’16

Nice subset of items which arrived yesterday. In The Cities Of Coin And Spice (2007) I’m currently reading the first book of Catherynne M Valente‘s two-part Orphans Tales, which was a Christmas present and this is the second. I’ve been circling her writing for a good while, skimming reviews and Wikipedia pages, listening to the…