A dog and a cat

I know that these aren’t strictly literary heroes, but since I’m covering my heroes generally, I figured I might as well throw them in.  Garfield the cat and Grommit of Wallace and Grommit fame are up there as two of my greatest heroes of all time.  I mean, you could make a loose case for arguing that Garfield is a literary figure… of sorts… but it would be a very, very loose case and I’m not really going to try and make it.  I was introduced to Garfield by a friend at school, who for the purpose of anonymity we’ll …

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Through a Dirty Window pt.2

For those who are wondering about the previous post, I guess I should add 2 key bits of information. 1.  There are actually 2 dirty windows involved, although they are both on the same floor of the same building. 2.  It’s not the London Eye.

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Through a Dirty Window

This is going to be another one of those blog entries which is mostly photographs, whose main theme, besides the obvious one, is that they were taken of London through a dirty window.  The game is guessing which dirty window…

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River Thames

I’ve been building up to this entry for a while, because there’s too much to say.  And in fact, I don’t intend to say very much on the subject of the Thames now, as it’d take many many hours and thousands of words to really cover anything.  My cunning plan is to try and break it down bridge-by-bridge, but this is more of a River Thames 101 introduction to that great and sweeping topic of Why The River Is Cool. I was asked a few months ago what traits I had in common with my main character in the urban …

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Serenity/Star Trek

A confession to get the ball rolling – I don’t like Star Trek.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I can see the appeal – from a narrative point of view, it’s pure genius.  You’ve got a premise which allows you to go pretty much anywhere, meet pretty much anyone, with a diverse and potentially interesting range of characters from all sorts of background.  And even if this wasn’t a good start, you can then lock said crew of interesting characters inside a tin can, alone in the vacuum of space, and turn out the lights.  All this is a Good Thing. …

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In Praise of Raymond Chandler

A while back, I started in on a list of my favourite writers, and got as far as Roger Zelazny before becoming distracted by the usual plethora of Stuff and Things that keep on cropping up.  But I figure now is the time to remedy that and get onto Great Hero No.2 – Raymond Chandler. And yeap, he’s not a fantasy writer.  And yeah, even if you haven’t read him, you’ll have read someone trying to be him.  Every edgy, witty, sharp-tongued noir crime thriller you’ve read (or seen) since 1945 is either consciously or unconsciously pinching from Chandler, to …

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