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Christopher Fowler
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'What does he deserve for lighting the future on fire?' asks a character in Game Of Thrones. The line bothered me. It's not poke-you-in-the-eye bad grammar, just an awkward juxtaposition of words. It feels wrong. If I was pushed to define it, lighting something is the act of illuminating, setting is more aggressive while, say, 'bored of' instead of 'bored with' is just a change of composition that…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
There's so little free space in newspapers now available to literary criticism that we tend not to write about books we don't personally get on with. Instead, we use that space to champion books that may not have come to the attention of readers. However, any writer who has also written criticism will tell you that they have 'problem authors'. After his first early novels I found myself unable to…
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