Tag Archives: 1960s

Heavy As Lead, by Malcolm Torrie: A Review

The first of the Timothy Herring “architectural mysteries” finds Herring dispatched by PHISBE to the Surrey village of Parsons Purity. There, he is to judge whether or not a 13th century church, from which the lead roof has been stolen … Continue reading

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Late and Cold, by Malcolm Torrie: A Review

The second of Gladys Mitchell’s Timothy Herring mysteries once again dips into the worlds of architectural restoration and murder, this time set against a backdrop of the ruined Welsh castle of Nanradoc, in the vicinity of the venerable Snowdon itself. … Continue reading

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Landscape with Dead Dons, by Robert Robinson: A Review

As settings go, many authors of mystery and detective stories have found the English university town of Oxford to be the perfect combination of familiar, beautiful, memorable, and sinister. What passions, resentments, and jealousies could be bottled up in the … Continue reading

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The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick: A Review

Alternate histories constitute a significant sub-genre in science fiction (although sometimes they stray more into fantasy), even if their writers’ grasp of historical subtlety is not always commensurate with the size of their endeavour. It’s very hard, for example, to … Continue reading

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The Wheels of If, by L. Sprague de Camp: A Review

L. Sprague de Camp was, like many American science fiction writers of the first half of the 20th century, an accomplished and curious polymath. His interests were wide-ranging, and as a result his stories were unpredictable and varied. This collection … Continue reading

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No Blade of Grass, by John Christopher: A Review

John Christopher’s No Blade of Grass (also known as The Death of Grass) is one of those books which has haunted me, and I’m going to have to find another copy just so I can finally read it again. I read and adored Christopher’s Tripods books as … Continue reading

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Six Easy Pieces, by Richard Feynman: A Short Review

After starting Six Easy Pieces some time ago and then setting it aside for other books, I swept through the final four chapters rather quickly. This is the sort of book that most scientifically literate but physics-weak individuals – myself included – … Continue reading

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