Author Archives: Kev McVeigh

About Kev McVeigh

Review of literary matters, mostly but not all SFF , and digressions into music and other arts. Engagement welcomed.

A Cumbrian Tale, some of which is true, told indirectly.

On a recent stormy night I stood beneath a tree in the Lancaster University Library and told a story.  Yes, there is a real tree living in the library.  And yes, we’d already heard about the library’s ghost, believed to … Continue reading

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What Have the Aliens Ever Done For Us? Some thoughts on Judith Moffett’s Holy Ground Trilogy.

Aliens remain a potent symbol in the literature, usually now in Earthbound stories in which their alienness is intended to cast a satirical, ironic or revealing light upon our selves and our society. — Paul Kincaid, Call and Response p44 … Continue reading

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The Cutting Season – Attica Locke 

Attica Locke’s second novel opens with the discovery of a murder and concludes with the solving of that crime.  The identification of the killer is however secondary here to the setting, which in itself makes the murder a consequence. Belle … Continue reading

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Ever After – Lisa Goldstein 

Fairytales have meanings.  If you believe Betelheim, for instance, they are heavily laden metaphors for puberty & sexual awakening.  If you look elsewhere you’ll find them described as consolatory fables by Calvino; offering hope of release from poverty and subjection. … Continue reading

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New York 2140 – Kim Stanley Robinson 

Kim Stanley Robinson’s fascinating and provocative 18th novel New York 2140 is set several decades after two major climate events have raised sea levels hugely.  Coastal cities are therefore largely underwater. New York is no exception. Robinson’s characters live co-operatively … Continue reading

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Winterreise — Andrew Foster-Williams, Christopher Gould and Mariele Neudecker — The Great Hall, Lancaster University

​(Originally posted on The Lunecy Review, 20 November 2009.) The high water mark of the second flowering of German Romanticism is the work of Franz Schubert, and in particular the song cycle Winterreise. Schubert’s setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller … Continue reading

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The Museum of Shadows and Reflections – Claire Dean

(Unsettling Wonder, 2017) Fantasy almost always admits to being Fantasy, always contains that moment of recognition of being story.  Fairytales are arguably more explicit on this point than other fantasies, being dependent on familiarity for affect.   Claire Dean’s stories … Continue reading

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