East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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The Blazing World

A weird one today for the Karavansara Free Library.
I found out about Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in a piece on the BBC website – trust the beeb to expand our horizons.


Margaret Cavendish was born in 1623, and is listed in Wikipedia as

aristocrat, philosopher, poet, scientist, fiction-writer, and playwright

Not bad, uh? Continue reading


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Summer Wars

I took the afternoon off to watch a movie about a bunch of kids fighting inside a virtual reality to save a huge game-world that is sort of a global virtual fun-house.
Only I did not watch Ready Player One.
I watched Summer Wars, from 2009.


Summer Wars is a science fiction animated movie produced by the same team that gave us The Girl that Leaped Through Time, and it’s a great story with a colorful cast of character and just the right amount of over-the-top implausibility to make it click. Continue reading


Dean Cornwell

It usually starts with a painting. I chance upon an image somewhere and I decide to learn more about the artist.
In this case, the image is this one…


… and the artist is Dean Cornwell (1892-1960), an illustrator for a number of American magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
He had started as a cartoonist for the Chicago Herald, and was also a respected muralist.

Here is a small selection of his art. Continue reading

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Into the Badlands

My brother asked me why I never did a post about Into the Badlands. Because my memory is like a sieve, was the only possible answer.
But now that I have been reminded that I have been intending to do a post on the series, why wait?
Here we go.

Into the Badlands is an original TV series produced by AMC. It started in 2015, and it is currently in its third season. And I like it a lot, and I highly recommend it to anyone sharing my interest in adventure, science fiction, action, intrigue and a good solid entertainment, with a brain.

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Old and new dinos

It all started with a movie clip.
This movie clip.

It’s from the 1975 The Land That Time Forgot, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same title, and adapted for the screen by Michael Moorcock and Nigel Cawthorn.
I first saw this in the parish cinema the priests had put up to attract the kids that would not be hooked by the football field by the church.
In the end, I never became a good Catholic kid, but I did develop a passion for Edgar Rice Burroughs, dinosaurs and old movies. Continue reading