Chapter 79 – the rant

31 12 2008

Some days it really sucks to be Clouds.

Some people say “fifth wheel”, which probably makes more sense if you think about it, but I used the expression I was more familiar with.

A marid is a type of jinn, but to the people of Hercynia, Marid is the hero of a series of movies, none of which is titled Just Marid.  However, he did star in a short lived comedy TV series called Marid with Children.

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I’ve finished The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and concluded that it is certainly an unusual book.  It would probably be unremarkable were it not for the Harry Potter series.  If you have read the Harry Potter books, however, it’s great fun.  It’s also, I was slightly surprised to discover, not for very small children.  These are fairy tales of the old fashioned, blood ‘n’ guts variety.  “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” is particularly nasty.  Amusingly, the book purports to be a collaborative work, translated by Hermione Granger, with notes by Albus Dumbledore and an introduction and footnotes by J.K. Rowling.  I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, which have a similar sense of humour and a similar charm.


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