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  1. Mervyn Peake’s “Gormenghast” and “Titus Alone”  • 
    Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" is a suitable companion-piece to "Titus Groan." The two are so alike in tone and theme, that they seem to have been written in a single burst of inspiration. But "Titus Alone" is a completely different animal altogether. It's an amazing novel in its own way, but it stands completely aloof from the first two novels of the series.
  2. A Change of Hobbit  • 
    Last week, fan site TheOneRing.net posted a letter from film director Peter Jackson stating that he’d been dumped by New Line Cinema. The studio, he claimed, was now seeking another director to film the cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit and an “unnamed prequel” to The Lord of the Rings. To say the LOTR fan community […]
  3. PhilCon 2006 Wrapup  • 
    I’ve mentioned before that I’m new to science fiction conventions. ReaderCon 2006 was the first con I ever attended (if you don’t count an experience at Balticon in 1990 that’s better left unexplained). That makes this weekend’s PhilCon 2006 only my fourth con ever. So don’t take my word for it when I say that […]
  4. “Titus Groan” by Mervyn Peake  • 
    Mervyn Peake's "Titus Groan" is nothing less than the extension of Franz Kafka's vision to its chilling nadir. It's Franz Kafka narrated by a stuffy British professor in tweed who's long ago retreated into the bitter chambers of his imagination and shut the doors, tight.
  5. George R. R. Martin’s “A Feast for Crows”  • 
    George R.R. Martin spent two and a half books building up a panoply of fascinating and believable characters who ranged the spectrum of moral grays. And now, it's hard to think of "A Feast for Crows" as anything but a retreat, after the grand flourish of the series' first three novels.
  6. Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”  • 
    I missed climbing aboard the Harry Potter bandwagon until it had become passé, until the boy wizard was hawking quidditch-themed underwear and even Michael Chabon was getting into the kiddie lit biz. So it was with great eagerness that I plunked down $45 for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy in hopes of getting ahead […]

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