A Few Words about First Lines

I’m still reading Anna Karenina, which, as you may know, contains one of the most famous opening lines in the history of literature: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That got me thinking about other opening lines that I especially like, and before long, I had aContinue reading “A Few Words about First Lines”

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Book Review: The Fellowship: the Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Year of First Publication: 2015 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2016 Number of Pages: 644 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Biography, Literary Criticism Note: this post contains affiliate links. Exciting things are happening in the world of the Inklings. Once a bit of esoterica for fantasy fans, this small club ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Fellowship: the Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski”

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Next Sunday: ‘Inspector Lewis,’ Starring Charles Williams

You may remember last Fall, there was a slight brouhaha among Inklings fans online when the British detective series Lewis aired an episode centering around a murdered Charles Williams expert and a shadowy cabal reminiscent of Williams’s own Companions of Co-inherence. The episode, whose premiere coincided with the publication of Grevel Lindop’s long-awaited biography ofContinue reading “Next Sunday: ‘Inspector Lewis,’ Starring Charles Williams”

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Bookish Links — May 2016

For the past few weeks, The Oddest Inkling has hosted a guest post for each poem in Charles Williams’s 1938 collection Taliessin through Logres. In case you missed them, here’s the whole list of posts. Speaking of Arthurian literature, here’s a great post by David Russell Mosley on why the King Arthur legends have beenContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2016”

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Bookish Links — December 2015

Please, Lord, don’t let this turn out to be a hoax: C. S. Lewis worked for MI-6 during World War II. A new internet error code, one denoting government censorship, was added to the books earlier this month, and, as is only fitting, it was named in honor of a certain author whom we allContinue reading “Bookish Links — December 2015”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Five Authors Discovered in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 2015, I’m afraid, hasn’t been a banner year for reading in general, let alone reading new authors. I tend to stick to the tried and true, but I did manage to find some intriguing, new-to-me authors this year. These aren’t allContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Five Authors Discovered in 2015″

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100 Facts about Charles Williams

Last week, the first full-length biography of novelist, poet, and Inkling Charles Williams sprung on the literary world (in Great Britain; the US release date is scheduled for December 29). Leading up to the book’s release, its author Grevel Lindop tweeted a fact about Charles Williams every day for 100 days. Because I know aContinue reading “100 Facts about Charles Williams”

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Bookish Links — October 2015

So, I somehow forgot that yesterday was the last day of the month and did not put up my “Bookish Links” post on time. Better late than never, right? October 25 being the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Ray Bradbury’s The October Country, The Paris Review ran this piece on the book and itsContinue reading “Bookish Links — October 2015”

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Summer Reading

Seeing as everyone and her sister is writing a summer reading list—and because this is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually planned out my reading—I thought I’d give you a peek at the books that will be crowding my nightstand for the next few weeks. I never understood why one’s readingContinue reading “Summer Reading”

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Bookish Links — May 2015

This is getting ridiculous—it seems Mark Twain is the latest author to have some of his lost works resurface. After six authors announced their intention to boycott PEN America’s gala dinner honoring the staff of Charlie Hebdo, Salman Rushdie—never one to be shy about airing his opinions—had some words for them. More from the insaneContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2015”

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Book Review: War in Heaven by Charles Williams

Year of first publication: 1930 Year of publication for this edition: 2004 Number of pages: 256 Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Genre: Fiction Sub-genres: Fantasy, Supernatural thriller Note: this post contains an affiliate link. Almost two weeks ago, I introduced you to Charles Williams, a poet, editor, novelist, and one of the principal membersContinue reading “Book Review: War in Heaven by Charles Williams”

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“The Delights of Anticipation”

It’s rare that I hear about a new book before it’s published; it’s even rarer that the book turns out to be something I want to read. So imagine my surprise at finding four yet-to-be-published books that all occupy the space near the top of my “To Be Read” list! Here they are: 1: GoContinue reading ““The Delights of Anticipation””

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