“Largeness has always been a condition of the weird and unsafe; it is over-whelming, too much or too big. […] [the uncanny] is neither homey nor protective, nor comforting, nor familiar. It is alien, exposed, and unsettling, or in other words, the perfect description of the house on Ash Tree Lane.”  “an unremarkable door… Continue reading The Big Read: ‘House of Leaves’ (Part One)
Over the course of 2016, I managed to read a total of twenty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction. Yep. So close to thirty. So very close. That’s 2017’s goal sorted then. That can go on the New Years Resolutions. And so, for the first post of 2017, I’m going to list four books I particularly enjoyed reading;… Continue reading Best Reads of 2016
“‘Snookums […] is a self-activating, problem-seeking computer with input and output sensory and action mechanisms analogous to those of a human being. […] He is as close to being a living creature as anything Man has yet devised.’”  PUBLISHING: Unwise Child, Randall Garrett (192pgs); Mayflower Books, USA, UK, 1962. THE PLOT: Michael Raphael Gabriel… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Unwise Child’ (1962)
“‘These people are dangerous and insane,’ Hemmings said. ‘The polarities, the constants, the projections, and so on, all of this would indicate that within a very short amount of time, even by our standards, they will pose a real menace. We have to stop this, of course. Onward! We must protect our interests and so… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Overlay’ (1972)
In this series, I review an older science fiction or fantasy novel from a small yet-to-be-read collection (thanks, late-night eBay purchases!), summarising its plot, its cover, and a little about the author’s canon. For the first entry in this series I’ve read: Starbrat (1972) by John Morressy. Though the novel is only 190 pages long,… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Starbrat’ (1972)
It’s been a couple of years umm’ing and ahh’ing and maybe’ing, but it’s time to start this project once and for all. So here we go. The opening entry. Sure. Ok. One late night eBay purchase (that’s how I do most of my shopping if I’m honest) resulted in a box full of ageing science… Continue reading A Project Was Born… Finally.