Book Review – The Cenotaph of Dreams by Prince Cavallo

I feel very honoured to have had my small book of extremely short stories reviewed by Morgan K. Tanner (writer of horror) and he seems to quite like it! Hoorah!

MORGAN K TANNER, Writer of Horror


I bought this collection after reading an announcement of its release on the author’s blog. It sounded interesting so I snapped it up right away. It sat on my Kindle for a while – longer than I’d planned, but I finally got around to involving myself.

This book contains 28 stories, twenty eight, with each taking up exactly 150 words. Now I didn’t count them all, but the description sounds legit.

Making each story the exact same word count sounds pretty hard to me and is not something I’d undertake, so props to Prince Cavallo for this!

Although aware of the word count ting before purchasing, I had forgotten this detail before reading, so after the first couple of tales I was left wanting more and wondered whether there were some files missing on the Kindle. But as I progressed I eventually ‘got it’ and found the groove, if…

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Shukhov Tower Saved – Possibly

As an update to a previous posting (Shukhov Tower Under Threat of Demolition) I am pleased to report that this elegant and iconic structure has been recognised as culturally important by Moscow’s municipal authorities.  I quote from an article in The Guardian (dated 19th August 2014):-

In a rare step by municipal authorities to preserve historical architecture, Moscow’s city hall drafted an order on 10 July stating that the location, architectural composition, unique engineering solutions and original steel beams of the distinctive hyperboloid tower should be preserved.

The article (by Alec Luhn, which you can read here), although generally positive, is also quite cautionary – for a start, Sergi Arsenyev (vice-president of the Shukhov Tower Foundation) states that 135m rubles (£2.2m) are needed for urgent repair and restoration. It then ends with an ominous note from Arsenyev about the cultural heritage order – it “greatly decreases the chances they will move the tower to a new place, but can’t completely exclude it, because in Russia any document can be got around.”


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

In The Beginning

*This Is A Test Posting*

Here it is – I’ve just got to start creating things and thinking of what the hell to write about!  Art, design, films, music, photography and the brilliance of me!  Hahahaha!

By the way, Here’s a photo of Portchester Castle:-

with a bit of road, fence, tree, grass, etc.