The Bittern

A BookLikes blog about imaginative and fantastical literature, cultural studies, and the history and literature of madness.
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July 2013
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3.5 stars, for me. A brilliantly written, rollicking yarn. No subtext to speak of - it's really just an adventure novel, but ...
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
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July 2013
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My favourites:Romeo & JulietMuch Ado About NothingHamletMeasure for MeasureOthelloMy least favourites:The Comedy of ErrorsThe...
The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays - Imogen Stubbs, John Gielgud, Eileen Atkins, Joseph Fiennes, Stubbs, Tom Treadwell, William Shakespeare
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July 2013
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June 2013
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May 2013
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I'll definitely be checking out more Harlan Ellison!Paladin of the Lost Hour - Harlan Ellison ★★★★★The Man Who Painted the Dr...
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy - Mike Ashley, Theodore R. Cogswell, Michael Moorcock, James Cawthorn, Roger Zelazny, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Louise Cooper, Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Charles de Lint, A. Merritt, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lucius Shepard, James P. Blaylock, Lisa Goldstein, Jack
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May 2013
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I have very divided opinions about this book. Firstly, I suspect that the English translation is problematic. Felman's langua...
Writing and Madness: Literature/Philosophy/Psychoanalysis (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Stanford, Calif.) ) - Shoshana Felman, Martha Noel Evans, Martha Evans
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April 2013
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April 2013
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Great book, really lucid and informative. The authors know their stuff, and the input from various industry professionals is ...
How to Succeed As a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide - 'A Must-Have for any Freelancer who Wants to Earn a Decent Living in Publishing' - Emma Murray,  Charlie Wilson
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April 2013
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Not too impressed with this novel. I found it patronising, and the details of British-Chinese life were at times minute enoug...
Sour Sweet - Timothy Mo
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April 2013
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March 2013
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3.5 stars, really, but I'm rounding up because of the overall strength of the series.Sea of Silver Light is a very slow start...
Sea of Silver Light  - Tad Williams
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March 2013
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Pitch-perfect; quite possibly the best book I've ever read.
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
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February 2013
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February 2013
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February 2013
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A welcome return to form after a very shaky three-book run (reaching its zenith with The Path of Daggers, in which, effective...
Winter's Heart  - Robert Jordan
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January 2013
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January 2013
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This was really fun, and I wish I'd read it when I was younger. I have a suspicion that Nix writes children's fiction because...
Mister Monday  - Garth Nix
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January 2013
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Erudite without being pretentious. I admire Porter for his attempts to make comprehensible a field of study which has often b...
Madness: A Brief History - Roy Porter
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January 2013
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January 2013
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December 2012
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December 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable, if rather succinct. Personally, a quick overview is what I wanted, but some may be disappointed by its ...
Native British Trees (Wooden Books Gift Book) - Andy Thompson
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December 2012
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December 2012
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Halfway through, Otherland's third installment was looking to be the weakest yet. A rather slow and rambling first half is mo...
Mountain of Black Glass  - Tad Williams
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December 2012
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November 2012
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November 2012
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What a great collection - and the notes (which I almost overlooked!) make it perfect. I like that the editors have given the ...
The Poetry of Birds - Simon Armitage
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November 2012
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Very readable and informative, and packed with fascinating trivia. The author's matey tone can grate a little at times, but h...
Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and Culture - David Turner, Joe Beale
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