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April 25, 2005

finishing off

Now completed Astonishing Splashes of Colour - very powerful and interesting book. Also read Alan Garner's Thursbitch - Guardian Review, I felt it was a bit similar to Red Shift, using many of the same devices. But it is very powerful and having lived at the wilder end of Bollington and walked over the Salterford area many times when growing up it seeemed rather immediate.
Also completed Robert Morgan's Twentieth Century Music - acquired in Knutsford's Oxfam shop - written 1990 and weak from the 1980's on but a useful survey with good reference material though I tend to agree with this posting deploring the quality of the printing of the music examples.

April 13, 2005

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall. Looks interesting - from the first 20 pages though I think there's more than a hint of a Dog in the Night Time about it, but maybe that's something to do with the quirky style. Observer review and Open2net where it appears to be the book for April