The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan

This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the characters you would expect: King Arthur, Galahad, Percival, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Malory, TS Eliot, Dan Brown, and Indiana Jones. It’s an interesting readContinue reading “The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan”

The Black Book of Carmarthen – Book Review

This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto a manuscript did for the world of literature. It’s believed this monk resided at the Augustinian Priory of St JohnsContinue reading “The Black Book of Carmarthen – Book Review”

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review

This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928. This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road from Lima to Cuzco in Peru. Friar Juniper attempts to find answers for why they died and what purpose itContinue reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review”

The Black Book of Carmarthen – Book Review

This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto a manuscript did for the world of literature. It’s believed this monk resided at the Augustinian Priory of St JohnsContinue reading “The Black Book of Carmarthen – Book Review”

Book Review – A Sentimental Journey

This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Amiens, Rennes, and Versailles to Paris. Yorick doesn’t describe his impressions of the places he visits, the monuments, the architecture orContinue reading “Book Review – A Sentimental Journey”

Book Review – A Sentimental Journey

This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Amiens, Rennes, and Versailles to Paris. Yorick doesn’t describe his impressions of the places he visits, the monuments, the architecture orContinue reading “Book Review – A Sentimental Journey”

Jingo by Terry Pratchett

I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the island of Leshp causes an international incident between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. Both countries claim this rock that rises out of theContinue reading “Jingo by Terry Pratchett”

Jingo by Terry Pratchett

I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the island of Leshp causes an international incident between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. Both countries claim this rock that rises out of theContinue reading “Jingo by Terry Pratchett”

A rhyming love poem to Xi Jinping and/or the Chinese Communist Party to thank them for hosting the Olympic Games.

In this Fanstory contest , I had to write a rhyming love poem to Xi Jinping and/or the Chinese Communist Party to thank them for hosting the Olympic Games. Obviously, this is an absurd idea and so the only way for me to do this was to write in the style of William McGonagall InContinue reading “A rhyming love poem to Xi Jinping and/or the Chinese Communist Party to thank them for hosting the Olympic Games.”

Pincher Martin by William Golding

William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, is probably his best known work. Pincher Martin is on a navy vessel escorting a North Atlantic convoy during WWII. His ship is torpedoed and sinks, but Martin is the sole survivor and ends up on a rockContinue reading “Pincher Martin by William Golding”