Monthly Archives: November 2014

Metzengerstein by Edgar Allan Poe


Hatfields & McCoys meets Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton’s movie, not the awful book or TV show).

Metzengerstein is Poe’s first published short story, and it was not good. Seven pages of confusing, and almost nonsensical, Hatfields and McCoys tale of two feuding families.

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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Frederich Engels

The Communist Manifesto

It’s been a while since I studied Marxism at school, a refresh of my memory was required, and having never read The Communist Manifesto, I thought I might as well try it.

My views have changed. When I studied Marxism as a teenager I was enamoured with its idealistic belief that capitalism would inevitably end in revolution and somehow result in a more utopian and equal society. No one could ever accuse me of being an optimist, even back then, but I think perhaps Marx’s revolutionary philosophy played on my pessimistic “the world’s going to hell in a hand basket” outlook and shining a spark of optimistic hope that once society finally crumbles, things will get better.

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The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

The Monkey's Paw

“It has a spell put on it by an old fakir,” said the sergeant-major, “a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”

A fascinating classic horror story that has definitely withstood the test of time. I don’t usually enjoy short stories but it seems Jacobs knew his craft because he didn’t leave us wanting.

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Monthly Round-Up: October 2014


November is here, that means it’s Movember time [ World site | UK site ]. Movember’s aim is to educate and fundraise to improve men’s health regarding mental illness and prostate and testicular cancers.

Here’s what I posted in October:


I’m pulling all of the relevant posts here regardless of category, in chronological order.




I’m really behind on these. Bad girl!




Thank you for reading!

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