Author Archives: Brenda Clough

About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.

The Man Who Invented Christmas: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I’ve been fascinated for a long time by movies and books that depict the creative process. Most depictions of writers, especially on TV are utterly unrealistic. All those impoverished novelists mysteriously living in penthouses in New … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I discovered recently that my son has never seen or read A Christmas Carrol. As an English major and a writer, I feel I have neglected him sadly. Also, although he was born and has lived … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing

by Brenda W. Clough As other bloggers here have noted, food is key. Hobbits love lembas; wizards and Rangers smoke pipeweed. Long before you understand another culture, another race, you are happily eating their food. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American … Continue reading

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Assassins: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Stephen Sondheim’s musicals divide out into those that are plot-driven, and those that are more thematic. The ones with a real plot arc  — among these I would place Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 12: Citadel and Millau

by Brenda W. Clough  A rainy day means museum. The museum at Millau is pretty small, but because the Romans had a famous pottery works here they have more pottery than you would believe possible. The factory shipped all around … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 11: Severac-le-Chateau

by Brenda W. Clough  Ah, the medieval villages of France! We are staying in Severac-le-Chateau, in the central Averyon district on the central massif. It is almost unbelievably picturesque — the only American equivalent may be found (I regret to … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 10: Necropolis and Bridge

by Brenda W. Clough  The tradition in Rome was to bury the dead outside the city. Christians developed the notion of burial in ‘sacred ground,’ which is to say in or around a church. This rapidly became impossible in cities, … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 9: More Vaison-la-Romaine

by Brenda W. Clough We had not realized the Roman site at Vaison-la-Romaine was so enormous, so we went back. Most of the old Roman town is under contemporary construction, but a tobacco millionaire at the beginning of the 20th … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 8: Glanum

by Brenda W. Clough  Roman towns were often named after local dieties, who in turn were in charge of the water. Nimes was originally Nemausus, named after the Gauls’ Nemausus who presided over the artesian spring. And today we went … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 7: Vaison-la-Romaine

by Brenda W. Clough  Did I mention there are a -lot- of Roman ruins in southern France? The place is called Provence, which means ‘province’ — the Romans needed no other name for it. It was their main and favorite … Continue reading

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