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Names, gender and identity

I was surprised at how disappointed (and disturbed) I was to discover that the title character in The Sword of Rhiannon was, in fact, male. And not only male, but a male evil god accidentally released from his prison. (This isn’t a spoiler: you find out who he is by …

The Sword of Me

I can’t now remember why Robin and I decided to run an egosearch on Google Images. I think it might have been something to do with a discussion on the relative popularity of our names. In any case, Robin doesn’t seem to have very much of a net presence. A …

Deathly Hallows

No spoilers, but Book VII is brilliant! Much the best book of the series – well, I suppose this was the one she was aiming for all along and she’s had longer to plan it than with any of the others. It’s very well put together, very clever, and it …

For the Love of God

This disturbs me profoundly. Not the artwork itself – I actually think a diamond-encrusted skull looks rather cool, if not particularly pretty – I don’t think I’d allow it house space (the insurance would be a killer, for one thing). What disturbs me is that Hirst says in this video …

Happy Hogswatch!

The criticisms of Hogfather listed below in no way detract from the fact that I thought that the film was, on the whole, fantastic and brilliant. It suffered a little from lack of budget. I’d always imagined the Tooth Fairy as a sort of cross between Andy Serkis’ Gollum and …