Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - THE STARS BLEED AT MIDNIGHT, by Roland Yeomans

Don't look too close or you might see that which hides in the darkness. . .or an evil that's been slumbering for milleniums. . .




Egyptian lore lures with its unknowns, its mysteries and the characters and stories that Roland Yeomans places in the setting of bygone times. Samuel McCord, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain/Samuel Clements, Meilori/Sekhmet, Bastet, a young Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and other names come and go in this riveting tale which begins in the United States, jumps to India and then to Egypt. Gathering at the exotic Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, the friends prepare to unearth an ancient curse, while dodging or dispatching those who would stop them.

This is a story of intrigue, betrayal, love, friendship, and adventure. It is a magnificent waltz of power and control which fluctuates as various enemies make their attempts to foil the expedition. By the way, don't miss the lavish ball, it's the event of the season in this tale.

Samuel McCord remains the beacon to which the others gather, He protects. Tesla provides the means of transport, and Meilori orchestrates the restraint and/or demise of several enemies who would harm them.

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The Stars Bleed at Midnight follows Death in the House of Life, the first book about the Egyptian expedition, the story that introduced the characters and one which I enjoyed very much. What inspired the massive monuments in Egypt? Were they of this world or another? Who is Bastet? And how did Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill end up being in this place and time? These are all questions that will be answered, at least some of them. . .

I recommend taking your time reading this one, savouring the exotic location and the interactions between characters. Consider this quote by the character Daystar:

"There are none more complicit in one's undoing than one's own heart. . ." 

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The adventure and the intrigue continues in the next novel about this expedition: Red Land and Black Death. I'm looking forward to it. . .Be sure to check Roland Yeomans' blog site to see the other offerings by this prolific author.

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Have you read any of Roland's novels? How about Death in the House of Life? Have you read that one? I've reviewed that novel here.

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll reply. Thanks for dropping by! I'll be back with another review soon, on a Diana Gabaldon novel. Stay tuned.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

CAPTAIN BARTHOLOMEW QUASAR, Serial Chapters, by Milo James Fowler


Do you like your reading in bite-size chunks? Have you heard about Milo's latest novel, in serial form? 


Author Milo J. Fowler, cover


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Captain Quasar is out of time. . .


Pursued by vengeful Goobalob toll collectors, savage Arachnoid bounty hunters, and formidable Amazonians, Captain Bartholomew Quasar must do whatever he can to keep the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude out of harm's way. All in a day's work—except time is not on his side.

Torn from the present to relive his past, he vows to keep mistakes from occurring the second time around. But is he doomed to repeat history? Or can he erase his regrets?

Villains will be vanquished. Lives will be lost. Bonds will be betrayed. Heroes will be heroic.
Join the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude for a hilarious time-travel space adventure the likes of which you've never seen!


Prologue:

Jaw muscle twitching at untimed intervals, Captain Bartholomew Quasar gripped the armrests of his deluxe-model captain's chair and narrowed his heroic gaze. The main viewscreen on the bridge of the Effervescent Magnitude radiated with white-hot streaks blurring in elongated trajectories as his star cruiser plunged into the depths of space at something near the speed of light.

Quasar could feel the tension in the air. It was palpable and tasted like sweat—mostly his own. The members of his bridge crew remained silent, standing at their stations and staring at the viewscreen. Many forgot to blink as their insides trembled, recoiling with a nameless fear.

They had never moved so fast in their lives.

This was the Magnitude's maiden voyage into deep space utilizing the recently installed cold fusion near-lightspeed reactor—an experimental propulsion system they'd picked up on the planet Carpethria. One thing was readily apparent: it worked. But how long could the ship could maintain this incredible velocity without compromising hull integrity?

Already, the ship was creaking and groaning in protest, and the helmsman—a very hairy, four-armed Carpethrian who resembled something between a sloth and an overweight orangutan—had begun to grumble that the reactor really should have been tested before this full-speed leap into the black.

But there had been no other choice. Their options at the time were either flight (and survival) or fight (and undoubtedly be destroyed). Vicious Arachnoid bounty hunters were on their tail, and Arachnoids tended to be a very hungry lot—often foregoing payment for their illicit services in favor of a fresh kill.

The Magnitude's first officer, Commander Selene Wan, wasn't keen on the idea of allowing a Carpethrian to man the helm of their freshly minted star cruiser. But no one else on board knew how to navigate at near-lightspeed, and it took all four of the alien's hands to do the job—something two humans would have had to coordinate in tandem. And that could have gotten awkward.

"Steady as she goes." Quasar smoothed down his close-cropped blond hair and cringed as the ship released a moan that didn't sound good at all—something akin to a whale giving birth. "How are we doing, Hank?"


"Haven't run into anything yet," grunted the very hairy helmsman, hands flying across the controls.

"Status report?" Quasar half-turned to regard his first officer with a confidently raised eyebrow.

Commander Wan, a tall, slim Eurasian with impeccable posture, kept her attention riveted on her console. "Proximity scanners are offline." She swayed on her feet with the rocking movements of the ship, her sleek black hair swinging across her shoulders. "Artificial gravity is holding. Life support remains functional." A sudden frown creased her usually furrow-free forehead. "But the reactor, sir… We may have a serious problem."

"Elaborate."

"It's overheating, Captain. If we don't decelerate, it may—" She swallowed. "Explode."

That wouldn't be good at all. The folks back home were depending on Captain Quasar and company to bring back loads of quartz necessary for virtually every form of technology and transportation on Earth, not to mention haute vintage time pieces. The Magnitude could not possibly be allowed to blow up.

"Hank?" Quasar faced the shaggy helmsman. "Could we possibly slow down a bit?"

The Carpethrian grunted something intelligible, followed by, "Commencing deceleration sequence."

"Very good." The captain nodded, glancing over his shoulder at his first officer. Everything was under control. "Status?"

She shook her head without a word. Quasar checked the console on his armrest. The Arachnoid ship was nowhere in sight, and the Magnitude had begun to slow down, but only by an infinitesimal fraction of its near-lightspeed velocity.

"Uh-Hank? About that deceleration sequence…" Quasar cleared his throat.

"It will take thirty minutes, Captain. Any sudden downshift in speed would tear the ship apart."

Quasar maintained a brave façade for the sake of his crew. Such was expected from starship captains, after all. Clenching his jaw, he leaned toward Wan and whispered, "Do we have thirty minutes?"

She met his gaze, and he didn't like what he saw in her eyes—something she hadn't shown before when they'd dealt with the horrible Goobalobs or the savage Arachnoids:

Terror.

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AND. . .
Get to know the author, Milo:



Milo James Fowler, Author

1. When did you start seriously pursuing writing as a career?

I've been writing since I was 12, but I started submitting my work for publication in the summer of 2009. I'd always thought I would pursue publication at some point—probably after I retired from teaching or turned 40. My first story was published in January 2010, and I've had over a hundred others accepted for publication since then. I won't turn 40 for another year, and I'm still teaching full-time. Doesn't look like I'll be retiring anytime soon!


2. How did you create the character Bartholomew Quasar?

When I came up with Captain Bartholomew Quasar back in the spring of 2010, I was going for a mash-up between William Shatner's James T. Kirk and Dudley Do-Right from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (but in Quasar's case, things seldom ever go right). He's one of those classic pulp heroes with a heart of gold whose narcissistic tendencies often land him in hot water. I hope readers can laugh at Bartholomew Quasar and root for him at the same time. He's ridiculous, but there's something about his fallible nature that most of us can relate to on some level.


3. Are you working on more Captain Quasar stories?

I've written over 20 Captain Quasar tales so far, many of which are out on the submission circuit, looking for good homes. "Captain Quasar and the Ghosts of Space Command" will be published in the next issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. "Captain Quasar and the Carpethrian Call of the Wild" will be included in the B is for Broken anthology, and "Captain Quasar and the Devious Powers of Persuasion" will be in the Geminid Press space opera anthology. I'm in the middle of edits on a novella-length adventure I plan to submit for publication soon. My collection of 15 Quasar tales Starfaring Adentures…in SPACE is available everywhere eBooks are sold—and free for the taking, last time I checked.  

Author Bio:

Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day, speculative fictioneer by night, and an active SFWA member. When he's not grading papers, he's imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. In the past 5 years, his short fiction has appeared in more than 100 publications, including AE SciFi, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, Shimmer, and the Wastelands 2 anthology.


Visit www.milojamesfowler.com and join The Crew for updates about new releases.

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Have you read any of Milo's novels? Do you like his detective noir, weird westerns, or science fiction best?


Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and I will respond. Thanks for dropping by, and don't forget to wish Milo Good Luck!! I might be able to get Milo to drop by for a few comments as well. My favourite is his detective noir work! 


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Reflections - A to Z Challenge 2015 - French Theme

What did you learn from the A to Z Blog Challenge this year? 





A theme is de rigueur for me. I'm not French, but I love Paris and many things that are of French origin. With a theme, the passion you have for what you're writing about comes through, whether it's your own life, vignettes, or subject matter. De rigueur = strictly required by etiquette, usage or fashion.


Romancing the subject - or searching for connections with any given theme via research adds depth to the posts. Add extra information like side dishes to make the reader go 'hmmm - I never knew that or thought of it that way'.


For the 'planner' that I am, prepping posts beforehand with research material and images and ensuring I have a subject for each letter is something I do. Why? Life intervenes at the most inconvenient times and pre-scheduling alleviates that.  The challenge is to produce a post a day, not just to see if you can fly by the seat of your pants, unless you are a pantser at heart and enjoy doing the flying style. It's a choice.


Search for those blogs that appeal and follow those that you like.
Good advice because we each have different interests that appeal to us when we look for blog to read. It's a good way to meet bloggers you haven't discovered yet. This month long challenge is like a boot camp for blogging.


Expand your horizons, and make the post interesting to others. It's discovery, a way to grow in your writing, and a way to learn something too.  Each year I've kept the posts in a collection, since the theme helps with that and afterwards, added a tab at the top of my blog. Most of those posts continue to bring in readers long after the challenge is over.


Entertainment. Some of my favourite blogging themes entertained me all month - one on all things Cornish, one with alpha lists of a combo nature-books, movies, and bloggers, one on retro TV shows, one with alphabetical themed vignettes, and one naming all sorts of disasters. I discovered  a few new blogs and lost a bit of sleep. I'll look for your Reflections post, if you decide to post one.


Previous collections: Paris, Etc, 2012Art A to Z 2014, and now I'll add a French Faves 2015 (the Archives on this page also shows A to Z posts for April in the sidebar). I'm happy with what I have produced, and I've enjoyed the trip through the month of April. 


Thanks to all those who formed the Hosting Team! 
Lee (Arlee), all the co-hosts, ambassadors, teams, and Congrats to all participants! I plan to keep strolling through the list to see those I missed during the hectic times. I've got my survivor badge. Remember there are T-shirts and a Reflections badge too! Check at the A to Z site.




Are you doing a Reflections post? Did you enjoy the Challenge this year?

Please leave a comment and let me know you were here. I'll respond. Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z = Zénith de Paris, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

 Zenith * - the highest or culminating point 
 Oxford Dictionary

Le Zenith, Parisian Venue - Creative Commons*

Z = Zénith de Paris

Zénith de Paris is an indoor multi-purpose arena in Paris, France. It is located in the Parc de la Villette on the edge of the Canal de l'Ourcq. It seats up to 6293 people which makes it one of the largest venues in Paris. 


Le Zénith was built in 1983 to replace the Hippodrome de Pantin, a circus big-top which had become the main venue for touring rock bands visiting Paris. Designed by architects Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel, Le Zénith was built on the same location as the old circus tent.

As with the Eiffel Tower, this hall was intended to be used for a fixed term of three years after which it was to be dismantled and replaced by a new hall nearby.  However, instead its success gave birth to a chain of new halls throughout France. 

Well, if something works well, why not keep it? That kind of thinking helped save the Eiffel Tower from being dismantled after the initial exhibition / World's Fair.

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Have you ever heard the name Le Zénith in regard to concert venues in France? Is Zenith (in English) a word you have used very much? 

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you are part of the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check your blog, and reciprocate. If you're not in the challenge, thanks for stopping by to visit! I try to reply to all comments.

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The A to Z Blog Challenge is brainchild of Lee, at Tossing It Out.  Please visit the A to Z blog site to find out more information and the participant list.  There are also Twitter and Facebook presences if you want to check those!



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References:

Zénith
Definition: The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer.

Wiki on Le Zénith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C3%A9nith_de_Paris

Le Zenith de Paris
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y = Yé-yé Music, French Faves, or Not - A to Z Blog Challenge

French Pop Music in the 1960s. . .


Amazon Image - limited edition Album

Y = Yé-yé
Yeah-Yeah

Yé-yé was a style of pop music that became popular in France, Italy and Spain in the early 1960s. The term Yé-yé was derived from the English term "yeah! yeah!" popularized by the British Beat music bands such as the Beatles. The style expanded worldwide for a time to a specific audience.


Yé-yé Gets Around

Yé-yé music remained a mostly European phenomenon featuring young female singers. Although the Yé-yé movement was led by female singers, it was not an exclusively female movement. Ages 16-17 was the average age for performers.

As for Yé-yé girls, Sylvie Vartan, a glamorous young singer, married the rock star, Johnny Hallyday in 1965. They toured in the USA and Asia, but several years later, she was still singing girly-girl songs. Hm-mm.

Early French artists dabbling in Rock n' Roll and similar genres such as Johnny Hallyday admit that they were creating an imitation of English language Rock n' Roll, and yé-yé music helped assimilate that music in a unique, French way. Johnny Hallyday was an icon in the French speaking world from the beginning in the early 60s, and has been called the French Elvis. . .

Yé-yé style songs were trendy for a while, then faded away as times moved on. Then, in 2012 in the USA, French-Canadian actress Jessica Paré performed a cover of "Zou Bisou Bisou" (a yé-yé song) in the tv series, Mad Men, a popular show in its fifth season at that time.

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NOTE: This is not a favourite style of music of mine, but it is a 'Y' subject with a few interesting details. I prefer my French music flavoured by Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, or Edith Piaf. In fact, I only learned about this novelty music during research for the A to Z Challenge.


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Have you ever heard of Yé-yé music? Do you like girl groups or pop music in this style? Did you watch Mad Men in 2012 and do you remember hearing such a song?


Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you are part of the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check your blog, and reciprocate. If you're not in the challenge, thanks for stopping by to visit! I try to reply to all comments.

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The A to Z Blog Challenge is brainchild of Lee, at Tossing It Out.  Please visit the A to Z blog site to find out more information and the participant list.  There are also Twitter and Facebook presences if you want to check those!



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References

Yé-yé Music
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C3%A9-y%C3%A9

Johnny Hallyday
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hallyday

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X = X - XVIII - Nine Louis' of France, French Faves, A to Z Challenge

The Last Line of Kings in France, the Louis'. . .


Louis XIV statue at Carnavalet Musee, by DG Hudson

X = X - XVIII
Louis X (10th) to Louis XVIII (18th)

In honour of the letter X, this post will focus on a specific group of rulers in French history from Louis 10th through Louis 18th, when the monarchy ended. 

From the benevolent and the cunning to the Sun King and the Restorer of French Liberty, these kings managed to rule for a long time. The third race of kings to rule in France, the Capetian dynasty, male-line descendants of Hugh Capet, ruled continuously from 987 to 1792 and again from 1814-1848.


Coat of Arms of the Monarchy

Arms of the King of France (Modern)


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Louis X, the Quarreller 1314-1316

Louis X allowed serfs to buy their freedom, which was the first step towards the abolition of serfdom, he abolished slavery, and readmitted French Jews into the kingdom.

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Louis XI, the Prudent, the Cunning, the Universal Spider 1461-1483

This Louis' taste for intrigue and his intense diplomatic activity earned him the nicknames the Cunning and the Universal Spider, as he was accused by his enemies of spinning webs of plots and conspiracies.

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Louis XII Father of the People 1498 - 1515

A popular king, Louis XII was proclaimed 'Father of the People'  in 1506 by the Estates-General of Tours, for his reduction of the tax known as taille (direct land tax), legal reforms, and civil peace in France.

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Louis XIII, the Just 1610-1643

Louis XIII, a suspicious sort, relied heavily on his chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, to govern the kingdom of France. King and cardinal are remembered for the establishment of the Académie francaise and for putting an end to the revolt of the French nobility. 

Louis worked to reverse the trend of French artists leaving for Italy to work and study.  He commissioned the painters Nicolas Poussin and Philippe de Champaigne to decorate the Louvre Palace.

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Louis XIV the Great, the Sun King 1643 - 1715



Statue of the Sun King, Louis XIV, Versailles, by DG Hudson

Louis XIV's reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major European country in history. He wanted to eradicate feudalism which persisted in parts of France and by having the members of the nobility inhabit his lavish Palace of Versailles, he succeeded in pacifying the aristocracy. Unfortunately for him, all his intermediate heirs predeceased him. He was succeeded by his five year old great-grandson, Louis XV.


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Louis XV, the Beloved  1710 - 1774
(Louis le bien aimé)

Louis the Beloved was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from September 1715 until his death in 1774. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Most scholars believe Louis XV policies damaged the power of France, weakened the treasury, discredited the absolute monarchy and made it more vulnerable to distrust. The French Revolution broke out 15 years after his death.


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Louis XVI, the Restorer of French Liberty, 1754 - 1793

Louis, the Restorer, also known as Louis Capet, was King of the France from 1774 until his deposition in 1792, although his formal title after 1791 was King of the French. He was executed during the French Revolution. Louis succeeded his grandfather, Louis XV in 1774.




Painting of Louis XVI, WC*


From 1776, Louis XVI actively supported the North American colonists who were seeking independence from Great Britain. The ensuing debt and financial crisis contributed to the unpopularity of the Ancien Regime which culminated at the Estates-General of 1789. 

Discontent among the members of the middle and lower classes resulted in opposition to The French aristocracy and to the absolute monarchy. Louis and his queen, Marie Antoinette, were viewed as representatives. In 1789, the storming of the Bastille during riots in Paris marked the beginning of the French Revolution

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Louis XVII the Claimant  1785 - 1795

Son of Louis XVI, who was born in Versailles and died in Paris. He was known by several names: Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy, then as Louis-Charles, Dauphin of France,and finally as Louis-Charles, Prince Royal of France.  He was the second son and third child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He had a short life, following the demise of his father's rule.


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Louis XVIII the Desired 1755 - 1824

Grandson of Louis XV and younger brother of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1814 to 1824 except for a period in 1815 known as the Hundred Days. He spent 23 years in exile from 1791 - 1814 during the French Revolution and the First French Empire. He also spent time in exile for the Hundred Days, when Napoleon returned from Elba. Louis XVIII was the last French monarch to die while reigning.

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Did you know there were so many Louis' in France history? Do you know who the Sun King Louis XIV was or Louis XVI, who ruled at the time at the time of the French Revolution? Were you aware that the French monarchy helped support the Colonies' War for Independence?

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you are part of the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check your blog, and reciprocate. If you're not in the challenge, thanks for stopping by to visit! I try to reply to all comments.

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The A to Z Blog Challenge is brainchild of Lee, at Tossing It Out.  Please visit the A to Z blog site to find out more information and the participant list.  There are also Twitter and Facebook presences if you want to check those!

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References:

List of French monarchs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_monarchs 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_X_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XI_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XII_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIII_of_France


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XV_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XVI_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XVII_of_France

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XVIII_of_France

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Monday, April 27, 2015

W = Wrought Iron French Style, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

French wrought iron is one of the most decorative and finely made elements used for architectural interest.




French Wrought Iron and Cartier Store on left,  Paris, by DG Hudson


W = Wrought Iron

Ironwork can be any weapon, artwork, utensil or any architectural feature made of iron which is used for decoration. There are two main types: wrought iron and cast iron.

From medieval times, ironwork has flourished as decoration on doors, windows, balconies, and funereal monuments, and to offer security against robbers or raiders. Ironwork was used in Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Canterbury and Winchester Cathedrals.

During the Baroque and Rococo periods of the 16th century, ironwork became ornate, elevating it from its more common uses and establishing it a desired architectural addition.


Eiffel Tower Wrought Iron at Dusk by DG Hudson

Wrought iron is quintessential Paris, but also appears in other cities in Canada (in Montreal) and the USA (in New Orleans). 

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Conformity and Cleanup

The street plans and distinctive appearance of buildings and wrought iron railings seen in the center of Paris today is largely the result of Georges-Eugène Haussmann's renovation of Paris, which was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III between 1853 and 1870. 


Wrought Iron Railing on Window, Paris Apartment, by DG Hudson

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Architect and Designer of Wrought Iron

Hector Guimard (1867 - 1942), a French architect and designer, is now the best known representative of the Art Nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its application to architecture and ironwork.

The building shown below is a work of French designer Hector Guimard, signed in stone.

Hector Guimard's building, WC*


The curious, inventive Guimard was also a precursor of industrial standardization, insofar as he wished to diffuse the new art on a large scale. His greatest success in France – in spite of some scandals – was his famous entrances to the Paris Metro.

The entrance of the Porte Dauphine metro station in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is shown below.


An Entrance to Paris' Metro, by Hector Guimard - WC*

Guimard's fear of war forced him into exile in 1938 and he died, his past accomplishments unheralded.  He is buried in New York City.

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Do you like the look of wrought iron embellishing buildings? Have you seen any cities with extensive wrought iron details on its architecture? Did you know the lower edge of the Eiffel Tower had such intricate styling?


Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you are part of the A to Z Challenge. I'll be sure to check your blog, and reciprocate. If you're not in the challenge, thanks for stopping by to visit! I try to reply to all comments.

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The A to Z Blog Challenge is brainchild of Lee, at Tossing It Out.  Please visit the A to Z blog site to find out more information and the participant list.  There are also Twitter and Facebook presences if you want to check those!



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References:


Wiki on Ironwork
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironwork

Hector Guimard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector_Guimard 

Haussmann's Renovation of Paris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haussmann's_renovation_of_Paris


Image credits

Hector Guimard building

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Porte Dauphine metro station 

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