"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reading Between The Lines (#1)

Welcome to the first of a (hopefully) regular "Reading between the Lines" series where the QMBC aim to serve up a variety of alternative book-covers and contrarian-elitist literary images inspired by titles from the Library of the QMBC and further afield. 

Our first effort is kicking it all the way back to QMBC IV with the pastiche below based on ... actually pastiche is too strong ... more a nod of the head to Stieg Larsson's uber-popular Millennium Trilogy.

As an aside, the seeds of inspiration for this masterpiece came to me many years ago while watching the now forgotten Celtic Kung-Fu classic "Crouching Cider, Hidden Flagon". The plot involves a young Cistercian monk from Westmeath, who stumbles across an ancient recipe for an ambrosial cider that bestows upon those who drink it, a mastery of "The Shenanigans" - a mysterious martial art known only to the little people. Top-class wire work is on display throughout and hilarity often ensues as the sozzled monk single-handedly routs Cromwell and his army, all the while indulging in his desires for hare-coursing and of course trollops.

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