The Fell Gard Codices

A Black Gate Round-up

October 16th, 2013

Geez, it’s been a while. Well, let’s see if I can’t get back into the swing of things with a look at what I’ve been up to over at Black Gate for the past few months.

I looked at Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World, and, following Jack Vance’s passing, wrote about the Dying Earth novels. I then put up a post about The Accursed, the conclusion to Joyce Carol Oates’ tremendous Gothic Quintet. After that, I wrote a piece on Philip Wylie’s influential novel Gladiator, followed by a glance at Erin Morgenstern’s highly visual The Night Circus, and a retrospective on Kurt Busiek’s Astro City. Next, I looked at some Canadian fiction of the uncanny: Virgil Burnett’s Towers at the Edge of a World, and Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy.

I watched an excellent movie called OXV: The Manual at the Fantasia film festival, interviewed my friend Andrew Collas about his upcoming comic Heroic, and returned to Fantasia to watch the live-action Gatchaman adaptation. I then put up posts about Johanna Sinisalo’s Troll: A Love Story, Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black, Iris Murdoch’s The Sandcastle, and Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart.

I wrote about Metropolis, comparing Fritz Lang’s film with Thea von Harbou’s novel. Then I looked at the first of Andre Norton’s Witch World books, followed by some thoughts on Susan Palwick’s novel The Necessary Beggar. And then just this past weekend I put up two linked posts about Tom Godwin’s short story “The Cold Equations” and the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever.”

So, hey, I’ve been busy. As always, I’m aiming to be busier around here in future, too.

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