"It's the 1930s, and in the medieval university town of Darkholmes, Professor Cleavis and his literary friends, the Smudgelings are conjuring up monsters from other dimensions through their work. Witches, demons and gargoyles are mixing with the dons and their frustrated wives – and a mysterious and unusual housemaid called Brenda...
Fellowship of Ink was first published by Snowbooks in 2017, and is still available as a paperback and ebook from snowbooks.com"
While it's downloading, let me say they had me at "Smudgelings", which I'm fairly sure can be little else than a not-so-thinly veiled take on the "Inklings" C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams? Whatever resemblance the audio does or doesn't bear to that fascinating subject, I'm quite curious to hear what Magrs has done with it and no doubt it's sure to be lots of fun as well.
FWIW, I'd bought the first two books in Lewis' Perelandra trilogy at a local bookshop (I'd just read the Narnia books for the first time and began wondering what else he wrote), and when I'd finished I went to Google for the third book, and found some webpages by Kathryn Lindskoog concerning a possible surviving fragment of a 4th book in the series, from Lewis' papers, which were said to have mostly been burned.
I thought Lindskoog had a really good point that the 4th book really didn't seem like it was written in Lewis' style, but it occurred to me that parts of the 3rd Perelandra book didn't either. There are tiny parts of it that felt so pagan to me that I decided Charles Williams might have been the one who actually wrote them, and that possibly where the big mystery came from is that Lewis, Tolkien and Williams might have entertained themselves by writing little bits of each other's work or deliberately trying to write bits in each other's styles?
I may never know but kind of a fun thing to wonder about (and a great excuse for reading their works, lol). I'd not be surprised if Tom Bombadil got left out of the Tolkien movies because that chapter seems a bit incongruous, and if it seems so because it might actually be C.S. Lewis' work?
Just the description though brings back lots of very pleasant memories of curling up in bed reading books that have stories in them, something I haven't done in ages (possibly literally, lol).
While it's downloading, let me say they had me at "Smudgelings", which I'm fairly sure can be little else than a not-so-thinly veiled take on the "Inklings" C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams?
Indeed they are! They first appeared in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as the novel Fellowship of Ink which this audiobook is adapted from.
While it's downloading, let me say they had me at "Smudgelings", which Just the description though brings back lots of very pleasant memories of curling up in bed reading books that have stories in them, something I haven't done in ages (possibly literally, lol).
I know what you mean! Narnia and The Hobbit were a big part of my childhood.
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