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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Rhys Hughes I never get writer's block. If I ever had writer's block I would regard it as a message to stop writing and go and do something else. I hope that this…moreI never get writer's block. If I ever had writer's block I would regard it as a message to stop writing and go and do something else. I hope that this will always be the case.(less)
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Nowhere Near Milkwood

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The Smell of Telescopes

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Link Arms with Toads!

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The Postmodern Mariner

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Worming the Harpy and Other...

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Stories from a Lost Anthology

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Cloud Farming in Wales

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The Percolated Stars

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The Mirror in the Looking Glass (Literature & Fiction)
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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)
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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)
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Description: A fairy tale -- with a difference!
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Maigret and the Old Lady by Georges Simenon
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There are 75 'Maigret' novels and I have now read 73 of them. This was the 73rd and it is an excellent one. The small seaside town where the action takes place is rendered very atmospherically. The characters involved in the drama are well-drawn. The ...more
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Life is a Dream by Gyula Krúdy
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There are ten stories in this collection and six of them I didn't care too much for. Nonetheless I still regard it as an excellent book for the four good stories. First of all, I like Krúdy's style a lot; it is warm and immersive and rather convolute ...more
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Venus on the Half-Shell by Philip José Farmer
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This novel features three Afterwords, one of which was written by me (under a pseudonym). I guess that enough time has passed since the publication of this edition to permit a sharing of the secret. There are plenty of infelicities in the prose style ...more
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Raised from the Ground by José Saramago
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Reading a Saramago book is like being carried along by a current while you are sitting in a boat. It flows so smoothly and rapidly that it almost feels it is reading itself. If I decide to open one of his books in an idle moment and cast my eye over ...more
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Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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It has been a long time since I read a 'Captain Alatriste' novel. I want to read the entire sequence but it seems that the author has stopped writing them and the promised further novels will not in fact appear. I know there is at least one more avai ...more
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Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses by Georges Simenon
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I have now read 72 'Maigret' novels and this was the 72nd. Only three more to go!

I love Maigret but I am slightly bored with one particular scenario found in the series, namely the old upper-middle-class family with secrets who are uncooperative. How
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The Process by Brion Gysin
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I almost read this novel when I was 19 years old. William Burroughs said it was his favourite novel and I sought it out for that reason. I can't remember why I didn't finish it. I do recall that I thought the first chapter was wonderful. The trip acr ...more
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Maigret's Failure by Georges Simenon
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This was a very fast moving 'Maigret' novel. A lot happens early on and there are some genuine surprises along the way. Maigret is faced with a moral dilemma: he is given a new case to work on and wants to do his job properly but he worries that old ...more
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A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
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I first read this superb novel back in 2003 but I enjoyed it more this time. It's as large and generous as a Dickens novel and just as grotesque and comical but more bitter. The word 'bittersweet' is perhaps an appropriate word to describe it. Early ...more
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Maigret Takes a Room by Georges Simenon
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Another great 'Maigret' novel.

It was my 70th 'Maigret' novel. There are 75 in total, so only 5 more to go and then I am done! I have been reading the novels for six years and I doubt I will ever again read such a large series.

When I began reading the
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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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