Posts tagged with "London"

Posted by cclapper on 03/10/11
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London -- 1890: Mina Murray, here, tells the tale true- because Bram Stoker got it wrong!
 
Things are not what we thought.  Netherworlds work in ways we had not imagined-
 
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio!  Are you willing to hear them?
 
Karen Essex garnered attention with Leonardo's Swans, Stealing Athena, Kleopatra, and Pharaoh...  She's on a new tack!

Posted by cclapper on 10/13/11
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London -- 1583: "Planet" means 'wanderer', and we have tracked the planets' meanders among the constellations for millennia.  And found portents, good and bad, in their wanderings.  In London, those who study the stars know Jupiter and Saturn will soon align in a new sign of the zodiac: the Great Conjunction.  What will it mean?  Mutterings speak of all manner of darkness arising in the affairs of man.  Even that the British Crown will fall, Elizabeth supplanted by Mary Stewart.  One of the Queen's young maids is found murdered, her body desecrated, with an indication of the practice of magic. 
 
The Queen consults with Dr. John Dee, her astrologer.  (Sound familiar?  Dee was a real person, and another author, Phil Rickman, uses him as his sleuth.  See The Bones of Avalon - and my first glance.)  But Giordano Bruno, "renegade monk, philosopher, scientist, poet, and magician" (and, perhaps, more-) has fled to London, where he sees danger in the times.  Another death- and he begins to suspect other forces of impelling events.
 
S. J. Parris (nom de plume for Stephanie Merritt) also wrote Heresy, featuring Bruno.  (Which received a starred review from Publishers' Weekly - a portent, itself.)  Her style has been praised as rich and enjoyable.
 
Could be interesting to compare the visions of Rickman and Parris... same period, same location, same historical personages.  (A second Great Conjunction?)  I bet their worlds are strikingly different.  Thoughts?

Posted by cclapper on 02/24/11
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Turn of the Century - London:  Bohemian London: artists and models- shifting societies; swirling etanglements... and Denton, American ex-pat and solver of mysteries, receives a note from a young woman in desperate fear for her life... But the note is months old, found stuck into the frame of a work of art.  Why?  And most important- What happened?
 
This is the sequel to The Frightened Man... and both mysteries are getting good reviews.  Looks... ummm, artistically mysterious!