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HF Bookclub

For November the Historical Fantasy Bookclub is reading THE ANUBIS GATES by Tim Powers. An oldie but a goodie my other half tells me! :)

Brendan Doyle is a twentieth-century English professor who travels back to 1810 London to attend a lecture given by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a London filled with deformed clowns, organised beggar societies, insane homunculi and magic.

When he is kidnapped by gypsies and consequently misses his return trip to 1983, the mild-mannered Doyle is forced to become a street-smart con man, escape artist, and swordsman in order to survive in the dark and treacherous London underworld. He defies bullets, black magic, murderous beggars, freezing waters, imprisonment in mutant-infested dungeons, poisoning, and even a plunge back to 1684.

Coleridge himself and poet Lord Byron make appearances in the novel, which also features a poor tinkerer who creates genetic monsters and a werewolf that inhabits others’ bodies when his latest becomes too hairy.

Chicken Scratchings

In rural New Zealand we are approaching summer! Temperatures are rising and we’re looking forward to a sweltering hot Christmas, which is also our school summer break Downunder. I’ve really enjoyed the conversations I am having with newsletter subscribers about what they are reading and I’ve had heaps of new book recommedations to stock my kindle for the Xmas period.

Exley’s Expeditions

Still nothing to report, sorry! I do think after a nearly 2 year hiatus I have found some mojo. I am looking forward to 2018 and discussing tentative plans and ideas with the members of Exley’s Expeditions. Watch this space, hopefully I might have something to share at Xmas time :)

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