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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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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 Postmodern Mariner

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Link Arms with Toads!

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The Percolated Stars

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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)
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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)
1 chapters   —   updated May 19, 2009 02:51AM
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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Gigi & The Cat by Colette
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I have just become a Colette fan! This has surprised me because I always assumed she was one of those boring "indoors all the time" writers, prissy and fussy and obsessed with curtains and relationships. But in fact her prose style is luminous, crepu ...more
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The King by Donald Barthelme
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Barthelme is one of my favourite writers and has been for more than twenty-five years. Certainly in prose style he has been the biggest influence on my own work. Although renowned only as a short story writer, his novels are extremely accomplished an ...more
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No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi
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An amazing true story about the escape of three Italian POWs in Kenya during WWII who attempt to climb Mount Kenya with improvised equipment and on short rations. The journey from the prison camp to the foot of the mountain takes them through thick e ...more
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Eunoia by Christian Bök
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One of the most remarkable experimental novels (although it's not actually a novel but a set of prose poems) I have ever read, and one of the most fiendishly difficult OuLiPo pieces I have ever seen. It takes some dedication to attempt to out-Perec P ...more
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Plays of Near and Far by Lord Dunsany
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Sometimes one needs to indulge in the pastel whimsies of Dunsany. This mood overtakes me every so often. It happened recently, so I read this substantial book of his plays. I found each piece to be enchanting, humorous, witty at times, fairly clever ...more
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Four Novels by Marguerite Duras
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Although we probably shouldn't place 'women writers' in a separate category but just treat them as writers, I feel I ought to say that Marguerite Duras is my favourite female writer. Muriel Spark comes close, but Duras has the edge, because although ...more
The Million Word Storybook by Rhys Hughes
"In 2016 I set myself the goal of reading one short story for each day of the year - 366 in total. Achieving that was easier than I thought, mostly thanks to binging the complete short stories of Saki. At some point later in the year I came across..." Read more of this review »
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Three Japanese Short Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
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I have been a huge fan of the short stories of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa ever since I read a brief and ingenious fable of his called 'Sennin' in The Book of Fantasy edited by Borges. That was many years ago. Since then, I always pounce when I see a volume ...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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“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.”
Rhys Hughes, The Smell of Telescopes

“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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“To reckon his age he carved numbers in his foot, and his sole ached like a goblet which has never held wine.”
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“Laugh if you will... They laughed at all great ideas and inventions. They laughed at nitrous oxide.”
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