It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
I was somewhat disoriented by the swift return of the action to Portingale; taking breaks from these kinds of works is a bad idea. Anyway, a horrible miscarriage of justice is averted at the last moment; a scene similarly repeated in endless numbers of modern court-room dramas...
I'm going to Berlin for a week in September: what cultural delights should I be annoyed that I miss because I'm at a scientific conference, unable to play tourist? (I hope to sneak at least one day off.)
Cummings' frequent themes of erotica and prostitution were presumably controvercial in the 1920s? Or maybe nobody read them...
The French girls are all pretty but bitchy coquettes; the Flemish are stupid and ugly; the Brits, however, whilst not the best looking, are stoic and morally upright...*eyes roll like marbles and nearly fall out of my face."
Meanwhile Pelet's motivations are revealed.
Our hero buys in to some horrible negative national stereotypes and is openly hostile to Catholicism - would contemporary readers have found these to be negative aspects of his character?
A passing reference to a character that might possibly have been inspired by the same person who inspired Boo Radley...
Well, that's it! I've now read every book Blish published.
Really not much different from the other ten volumes of adaptations Blish did (don't ask how I ended up reading the first one last - I don't know myself) except for the lack of a foreword. It was the release of this volume that created a deluge of fan mail that Blish would address in his forewords to subsequent volumes.
As usual the quality varies with the quality of the adapted original script. Interesting to note that the iconic image of Sulu brandishing a fencing foil has him wearing an undershirt here- he's famously bare chested in the episode. There's another go round for the Shakespeare inspired trope, along with the child with god-like powers.
Here we go again with the morally/emotionally child-like being with god-like powers. This one actually is a human child. Unfortunately the resolution by way of the "parents" turning up and taking the child in hand also appears, instead of the Enterprise crew figuring a way out of the mess themselves. Why was Original Trek so obsessed with this trope? TNG kinda had it with Q - those episodes always annoyed me, too.