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Check out BookBench’s writeup and slideshow celebrating Mervyn Peake (pictured), from Jon Michaud.

It’s mid-July and you’ve already seen the final Harry Potter movie a  half-dozen times, having re-read the books to catch yourself up on all  the plot twists. Not only that, you’ve also spent the past week  (including a lot of time standing in line at the movie theatre)  devouring George R. R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons” after re-reading  all the books in that series. Meanwhile, Peter Jackson’s  adaptation of “The Hobbit” won’t hit theatres until 2012. What’s a  fantasy fan to do for the rest of the summer?  For a change of pace, why  not acquaint yourself with the world of Gormenghast, created by the  British writer and artist Mervyn Peake, born a century ago this month, in Kuling, China.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/07/mervyn-peakes-wonderlands.html#ixzz1SgCpEfJW

Check out BookBench’s writeup and slideshow celebrating Mervyn Peake (pictured), from Jon Michaud.

It’s mid-July and you’ve already seen the final Harry Potter movie a half-dozen times, having re-read the books to catch yourself up on all the plot twists. Not only that, you’ve also spent the past week (including a lot of time standing in line at the movie theatre) devouring George R. R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons” after re-reading all the books in that series. Meanwhile, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” won’t hit theatres until 2012. What’s a fantasy fan to do for the rest of the summer? For a change of pace, why not acquaint yourself with the world of Gormenghast, created by the British writer and artist Mervyn Peake, born a century ago this month, in Kuling, China.


Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/07/mervyn-peakes-wonderlands.html#ixzz1SgCpEfJW
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