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.”

The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and each of them falls in love with her. She marries Shridaman and has a child with him, but she alsoContinue reading “The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann”

Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest the meaning in some of the stories is connected to the era in which the book was written and so might not mean too much inContinue reading “Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce”

The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and each of them falls in love with her. She marries Shridaman and has a child with him, but she alsoContinue reading “The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”