The White Queen, episodes 1 and 2

Ah, the Wars of the Roses. Thank goodness the houses of York and Lancaster had corresponding heraldic emblems – that could alternately be compared and combined into the wonderful Tudor rose we all know and love – since otherwise they might well have been called the Wars of the Sun and all the various emblems…

About Philippa Gregory’s ‘Tudors’ and ‘Cousins Wars’ series.

One problem that I have with Philippa Gregory’s work is the running theme of unsympathetic mothers. Out of her ‘Tudors’ and Cousins’s Wars series (ten books at the moment, soon to be eleven – or already eleven if you count ‘The Wise Woman’) I count perhaps two sympathetic and positive maternal figures in the early lives…

So. Hannibal 1×13: ‘Savoreux’. Take five, people, that’s a wrap on Season 1

Hannibal’s first finale has, frankly, left me speechless. Really, what else is there to say? Other than “Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou,” as I point accusingly at Lecter.  And also at Bryan Fuller, that insane genius. “Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou.” Instead, I shall throw my mind back to certain things that I wrote, back when I was young and innocent, and the Hannibal fandom was merely a glint…

So. Hannibal 1×12: ‘Relevés’

(Sorry it’s shorter than usual this week; for once I have little I find I want to analyse in this episode. Strange, but true. I will return at some point to make a better case, but for now, have a read and a think.) NBC Hannibal warned us that this episode would be shocking. They…

Why Theodore Beale is a waste of space

I recently reblogged NK Jemisin’s wonderful speech about racism in Australia – which the Australians are working to eradicate – the racism in her own country, and the racism in science fiction and fantasy. It was a great speech. It was a speech that also made reference to a certain member of the SFWA  (Science…

So. Hannibal 1×11 ‘Rôti’

For the past few weeks, I have had a deep desire to take a leaf out of the book of those who review Tim Burton’s works, and play Hannibal Bingo. Alas, I am somewhat fuzzy on the rules of the game, and do not have the time or the inclination to create special cards suited…