In 1921, a publishing phenomenon began with the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a sophisticated murder mystery with a protagonist by the name of Hercule Poirot. It was the first of more than 60 crime novels by Agatha Christie, and heralded the career of an author who has been unsurpassed by any crime […]
J.R.R Tolkien: the making of a legend
(Photo credit: Lion Hudson) (Above image shows a photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien) Long before the massively successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R Tolkien’s creations and characters had captured the imagination of millions of readers. Today, it is difficult to imagine a world without Tolkien’s stories of Middle-earth, elves, wizards and hobbits. But who […]
Joss Whedon : the complete companion
(Photo credit: Titan) (Image above shows a picture of the film director Joss Whedon) Joss Whedon’s contribution to contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey of his career as a whole – until now. PopMatters, the acclaimed international magazine of cultural criticism, have brought […]
The genius of Dickens
Today, 7th February 2012, is the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth. Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.