Author Archives: jananson

Valerian and Laureline and the Dream of Paradise

I was wrong to think that the guy and the girl always had equal billing in the title of the original comic series: Valérian et Laureline was for most of its history Valérian, agent spatio-temporel. But I still reckon the … Continue reading

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The Dedalus Book of Greek Fantasy

Fantasy as a dedicated genre didn’t really exist in Greece till very recently. Many of the stories gathered in The Dedalus Book of Greek Fantasy, dating from the 19th century to the turn of the 21st, are by mainstream literary … Continue reading

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Myths, Genres, and Forms in Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism

Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism is a landmark of literary criticism to which I found my way via its influence on the Tolkien scholarship of Tom Shippey and Margaret Anne Doody’s superb book The True Story of the Novel. Frye’s … Continue reading

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David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

I was keen to read David Mitchell’s new novel because I loved Cloud Atlas. Like that masterpiece, The Bone Clocks comprises six novella-length sections each narrated by a different character in a different time period. But these narratives are closer … Continue reading

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Lewis Spence and the Problem of Lemuria

If, like me, you love myth and folklore, you may know Lewis Spence as the author of numerous books, in the early twentieth century, about the mythology of different parts of the world. I find his books more readable and useful … Continue reading

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A Critical Mass to Escape Dystopia

Do you ever feel oppressed by the relentless coercion to spend ever more of your time online, staring at the screen, jumping through the hoops imposed by organisations of every kind? Do you detect the synergy between this and the … Continue reading

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Archaeopteryx – by Lorna Smithers

Originally posted on Signposts in the Mist:
Archaeopteryx, I call to you kindly through layers of stone. Geological time is not the history of the victors. No! It does not lie or exploit. I pass through time as I pass…

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