Category Archives: Jasper Fforde

A House Full of Ginger

Gingerbread houses are a well-known Christmas tradition, not that I’ve ever seen anyone actually make one. They’re a pretty cool idea, though. The idea of objects made of foodstuffs is an old one in legends throughout the world, especially when … Continue reading

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You May Find Important Pieces Gone

Cautionary tales to try to convince children to behave seem to be pretty much universal, even though it’s quite possible they do more harm than good. I’ve written before about boogeyman legends, and along much the same lines is the … Continue reading

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I Get Lots More Pleasure When I’m Playin’ with Me Uke

George Formby: England’s Famed Clown Prince of Song – It was actually Khoi who piqued my interest in this English music hall entertainer, a rather unlikely star of stage and screen by today’s standards. The son of a performer who … Continue reading

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It’s an Egg’s Life

Of all the strange and oddly named characters in nursery rhymes, one of the most famous has to be Humpty Dumpty, perhaps the first egg to receive a name. Versions of the poem date back to at least 1797, and … Continue reading

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School Is Hell, Cooperation Is Divine

Here are a few new book reviews, with a few spoilers. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, by Dave Barry – Now semi-retired but with the same basic sense of humor, Barry discusses such topics as Justin Bieber and … Continue reading

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Do Not Forget to Remember

My LiveJournal friend Laura mentioned a few weeks ago that she didn’t like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of Agent Coulson’s desire to hide things from the public, and that she disliked Men in Black for much the same reason. I … Continue reading

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Daft Steampunk

I’m way behind with writing reviews of books I’ve finished recently, so here are a few. The Song of the Quarkbeast, by Jasper Fforde – The sequel to The Last Dragonslayer continues the adventures of Jennifer Strange, the orphan girl … Continue reading

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