Yearly Archives: 2011

First Lines: The Witches Trilogy

The Witches Trilogy bundles the first three Witches stories from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Equal Rites still deals with magic, witches, wizards, why men can’t be witches and women can’t be wizards, and all that. Wyrd Sisters examines how the power of words can affect reality, how such power doesn’t always turn out the way… Read more »

100 Things: See a play by Shakespeare

Seeing one of Shakespeare’s plays performed live is on my list of 100 things to do just for the hell of it. Yesterday I saw Orkater’s adaptation of Richard III starring Gijs Scholten van Aschat at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, so that’s another one down. Apart from my seat — there is no legroom on the… Read more »


Lately, I’ve been reading more and more comics, and I blame Stephen King. The idea of expanding his The Dark Tower saga with a series of comics appealed to me. So I found a semi-local comic book shop to get my monthly fix, and all was well. But then, in typical Stephen King fashion, Evil… Read more »

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This Painting is Not Available in Your Country

The internet is a big photocopier. Every time you load a page or save a file, you make a copy. Copyright law originated in a time when it was very hard, if not impossible, to make copies. So, it’s no surprise that the entertainment industry doesn’t really get along with the internet that well. Or,… Read more »

First Lines: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

To me, the line between young adult literature and books for grown-ups is a vague one, and one I’m not that bothered with: for me, it’s all about the story. Jorden Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is aimed at an even younger audience, and it didn’t bother me at all because, holy sweet mother… Read more »

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