The Jub Jub Bird

A literary blog with fantasy tendencies

Work in Progress


The idea is for The Jub Jub Bird to become a site dedicated to the search for that mythical beast, Literary Fantasy: quality literature of a speculative nature.  The emphasis is on the word quality because there’s so much dross out there, under the sci-fi / fantasy tag heading.  This blog will attempt to direct readers towards the good-stuff and perhaps play some small part in bringing about a wider acceptance of speculative works by the mainstream.

I’ve kept a watching brief on sci-fi and fantasy since the days of my youth, when I was in to Tolkein, Iain M Banks, Pratchett, Weis & Hickman and Gaiman amongst others.  Twenty years later there are serious gaps in my knowledge of the genre and its stars.  I intend to educate myself and, by recording my thoughts along the way, stimulate debate and introduce others to the best that writing-between-the-worlds has to offer.

Please let me know your thoughts.  As I’m a learner, any helpful advice or recommendations, gratefully received.

‘And when quarrels arose – as one frequently finds
Quarrels will, spite of every endeavour –
The song of the JubJub recurred to their minds,
And cemented their friendship for ever!’


  1. As “The Jub Jub Bird” already is the title of your blog, I can recommend the best fantasy book I know: “The Hunting of the Snark”.

    Comment by Goetz Kluge | December 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for the recommendation Goetz, I’ll add it to the list.

      Comment by danielhall | January 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey – love your blog! I’m a children’s writer, writing what my agent has described as “literary” (whatever that means these days!)…

    Check out my blog:

    Comment by nigelmcdowell | April 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Nigel. Looks right up my street! I’ve been thinking about defining the ‘literary’ part of my sub-heading, though I shan’t attempt to cover it all in one post.

      Comment by danielhall | April 21, 2010 | Reply

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