“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

Uprooted is a tale that, in many ways, is very familiar. Rooted (hee hee, I made a pun!) in Eastern European folk-lore, it has a fairy-tale quality that will feel almost natural to many readers. The story also deals with common themes: an apprentice chafing under a close-minded master, good country peasants ignored by decadent … Continue reading “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

“A is for Aurochs”. And “Absurd”. An AI-Generated Primer about Cows.

Paintings of Aurochs on a cave wall near Lascaux, France. Photo courtesy of Prof saxx If you are worried about AI taking over the world, you can relax. If the most recent piece of work from GEBen is a reliable indicator of how AI is developing, it will be a long time before we live … Continue reading “A is for Aurochs”. And “Absurd”. An AI-Generated Primer about Cows.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

A Grain of Wheat is set in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion, with the drama culminating just as Kenya gains independence from Britain in 1963. The story is centred around Mugo, a man consumed by secrets and who desires only to be left alone. Orbiting around Mugo is a cast of characters, each of … Continue reading A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

A small tortoiseshell butterfly in my garden. And yes, I know it's not a moth. Let me start by saying what this book is not. It is not a polemic about the evils of megacorporations, capitalism and Big Oil. It is not a bludgeon loaded with mind-numbing and soul-deadening eco-facts, figures and data sets designed … Continue reading The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

“Peter Rabbit” rewritten in the style of a Marvel Comic

Here's a little Easter egg for you: the story of Peter Rabbit rewritten in the style of a Marvel/DC action comic by none other than GEBen. GEBen didn't provide any artwork, so you'll have to make do with the photo above. The research team at CDCAAHFA suspects GEBen was actually writing a screen treatment in … Continue reading “Peter Rabbit” rewritten in the style of a Marvel Comic

Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads”

To describe this book as a history of Central Asia would be a horrible simplification. It does not tell the history of a place, or even a region. It offers, instead, a survey of the enormous wealth, glorious civilizations and marauding hordes that rose and fell in the wake of the caravans, railways and pipelines … Continue reading Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads”

Douglas Adams’ rewrite of Memoirs of a Geisha

Art by SWing-Art  CC BY-SA 3.0 The newest episode of GEBen’s experiments in fictional fiction is a rewrite of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha in the style of Douglas Adams. Okay, it might not be as weird (or disturbing) as GEBen’s previous work but, still, putting a story of sexual slavery into the hands … Continue reading Douglas Adams’ rewrite of Memoirs of a Geisha