Odds and Ends Shelf: The Night Gwen Stacy Died

“In stories, those who hope to do harm call attention to themselves. They kidnap public figures; they steal potent potions from scientific labs and unleash monsters of their own creation on the general populace. But what about the small and quiet criminals who hope to make no noise in their work? How to save someone from himself?” Continue reading “Odds and Ends Shelf: The Night Gwen Stacy Died”

Odds and Ends Shelf: The Picture of Dorian Grey

“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.”

“I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

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Odds and Ends Shelf: The Golem and the Jinni

For three days the rains came and went, three days of infuriating confinement. If the Jinni had been able to go outside, and chase himself to the ends of the earth, then his growing obsession with the world of men might have dissipated, and he might have gone to visit the jinn habitations of his youth, as planned. But when the clouds exhausted themselves and the Jinni at last emerged to a newly washed landscape, he found that all thoughts of returning to his own people had vanished with the oceans.
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Odds and Ends Shelf: World War Z and The Grace of Kings

“Now that I have seen the larger world, I wish to change it, as does Mata. But while he wishes to restore the world to a state that never was, I wish to bring it to a state that has not yet been seen.” Continue reading “Odds and Ends Shelf: World War Z and The Grace of Kings”