3 Random Books from My Shelves

3 Random Books from My Shelves

I’m not really sure what to say, as I would imagine most people who visit Examining the Odd have read some or all of Gaiman’s work! Since this book is a collection of short stories (and wonders!), I decided to randomly choose one of the pieces too. The chosen piece was The Fairy Reel, one of the “wonders”, since it is a poem rather than a short story. I’ve heard people liken this poem to a Keats ballad.

Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett)

Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett)

The King of Elfland’s Daughter is my favourite so far, and it’s probably the most famous of his books too. It’s well known that Dunsany was a keen hunter and it’s not so well known that I’m a keen vegetarian and animal lover, so I’m sure I receive The King of Elfland’s Daughter (which contains a fair amount of hunting) quite differently to how he perhaps intended. Having said that, Dunsany was also an animal rights campaigner and was president of his local RSPCA branch, so he confuses me greatly! I guess it had something to do with the difference between animal and pet.

10 Old-School Weird Fiction Writers that are Not from the UK or USA

10 Old-School Weird Fiction Writers that are Not from the UK or USA

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – Tokyo, Japan, 1892-1927. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the “Father of the Japanese short story” and Japan’s premier literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him. He committed suicide at the age of 35 through an overdose of barbital. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was born in the Kyōbashi district of Tokyo, the third child and only son of father Toshizō Niihara and mother Fuku. – Wikipedia. Read one of his short stories for free here.

Book of Hours – A Source of Beautiful Images

Book of Hours – A Source of Beautiful Images

The old medieval Book of Hours is an amazing source of visual inspiration, religious or not. Each book is unique and there are a lot of them around. Many museums, libraries and universities around the world have collections of the books. I would love to stumble across an affordable one! Many have been taken apart, each page being sold separately. But why are they so popular? Scroll down and take a look at their magnificent pages!