Category Archives: Books

Serenity: “My Own Kind Of Freedom”

A few years ago Steven Brust, a noted fantasy author, wrote a Firefly novel he called “My Own Kind Of Freedom”. The book, a bare 168 pages long, was apparently written “on spec”, that is, without any kind of deal … Continue reading

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Shakespeare In Community: First Lines

As part of a casual course on Shakespeare I’m taking in Coursera, which encourages but does not require some form of public responses to its content, I’m going to share some thoughts on a few first lines from the Bard’s … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: The Art Of War

A nice short one today. The Art Of War – Sun Tzu Who was Sun Tzu? What was his career like? Did he actually write the famous book attributed to him? Did he ever exist at all? All these questions … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: A Long Expected Rewrite

My posts going through The Lord of the Rings on a chapter by chapter basis were some of my early attempts at review/analysis, and have been some of the most constantly viewed and read pieces on the site. But, looking back, … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: World War Z

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War – Max Brooks (2006) I am choosing a lot of fiction in the last while for this, but that’s the way the cards are falling. Today’s choice might seem, initially, … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: Night Watch

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett (2002) In the course of trying to capture a deranged killer, Watch Commander Sam Vimes is magically transported thirty years into the past, to the day when he witnessed a violent changeover of power in … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: City Of Thieves

It has been a while since I added to this series – the others can be found here – but I felt that, with a gap opening up in the blog schedule, now was as good a time as any to get … Continue reading

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