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Rhys Hughes

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A writer of Speculative Fiction who often uses fantasy and comedy to explore unusual concepts. Known for his original ideas, intricate plots, love of paradox, and entertaining wordplay.

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Nowhere Near Milkwood

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The Smell of Telescopes

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The Postmodern Mariner

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Worming the Harpy and Other...

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Link Arms with Toads!

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The Percolated Stars

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Cloud Farming in Wales

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The Mirror in the Looking Glass (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: A short story of the same type as the stories in my book *The Less Lonely Planet* and featuring a character named Frabjal Troose, one of my 'mad inventors'.
Enviando libertad a tierras lejanas (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 25, 2009 04:18AM
Description: Cuando el Presidente Arbusto llegó al poder, los almacenes llenos de material bélico fueron abiertos...
Wood for the Trees (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A short fable set in a little village in India...
The Unsubtle Cages (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A brief strange story about cages.
Fanny is Famished (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 21, 2009 03:38AM
Description: A fairy tale -- with a difference!
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The Theban Plays by Sophocles
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My plan of reading all the surviving plays from the Classical world proceeds slowly but I have just completed reading the seven surviving plays of Sophocles. They have all been brilliant, and these three connected 'Theban' works are the best of all. ...more
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Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
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I tried reading this years ago but grew bored and abandoned it halfway through. My second attempt at reading it has proved to be much more successful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a compulsive liar and romancer who nonetheless has amazing adven ...more
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A Moment of War by Laurie Lee
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After reading Orwell's superb Homage to Catalonia I jumped straight into Laurie Lee's own memoir of his time as an anti-fascist fighter in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell comes across as utterly honest, a writer who even cautions the reader about possi ...more
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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
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Probably the best memoir about war that I have read. Orwell's prose style is excellent, his dedication to honesty is unbreakable, his analysis of the complex political situation is cool and rational, and his essential optimism shines through even dur ...more
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The Night Watch by Patrick Modiano
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The second volume in the 'Occupation Trilogy' and it is beyond good. It is superb. Delirious and dark. Like Simenon rewritten by Proust. The first volume in the trilogy was fine but Modiano has tightened the screws with this one. It is less a self-lo ...more
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The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas
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Twenty-five years ago I read a novel that I have never forgotten, The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas. The imagery of that book entered my mind at a deep level and has remained there. Which makes it very surprising that I waited so long before reading an ...more
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Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
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John Steinbeck is one of my favourite writers and Tortilla Flat is my favourite of his books that I have read so far. It therefore follows that it must be one of my most cherished books ever. The pity is that I left it so long before sitting down to ...more
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Betrayal by Harold Pinter
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Absolutely stunning play by one of the greatest playwrights of the past 100 years. The theme seems to be betrayal in relationships but in fact it is 'honesty' and how there are different gradations of honesty. Revealing the truth is not the only alte ...more
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Ring Roads by Patrick Modiano
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This morning I finished reading the third volume in Modiano's Occupation trilogy. What a remarkable writer! His prose flows with such velocity that I raced through all three books at very high speed but that doesn't mean they are shallow in substance ...more
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“During the siege of Panama, he trailed behind his comrades, picking up shreds of purple wool which had once been blue. The fighting was incredibly vicious, but there was a deeper quality to the havoc, an ineffable wiping of belief. Though he wore his name like a sealed pocket, it was picked when he passed into the Cup of Gold, city of burnished lips.”
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“The next stop is mine. You’d better follow.” “The stop belongs to the railway, but I know what you mean.”
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“All that now separated retirement from rest was a single box. The previous owner had been eager to protect its contents, using a lock carved from garlic. He picked it with a sprig of parsley and groped inside, pulling out an exact likeness of himself, a puppet double. Even his cork leg sealed the same dry white panic, judging from the way it jerked.”
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