Monday, 9 July 2018

Cross-Temporal Cheese Cake

Life is immediately experienced, then fictionally reflected. Thus, after eating cheese cake with ice cream in the Spaghetti House, I speculated about restaurants in Gotham City, the Solar Commonwealth and Archopolis. See Restaurants. I was reminded of this when Mikael Blomkvist and his colleagues ate cheesecake decorated with raspberry ice cream in Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Poul Anderson fans should also read:

Larsson's contemporary high tech Scandinavian thrillers;

SM Stirling's alternative histories (with their many "foodie" moments);

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman graphic novels with their Inn of the Worlds' End, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Oberon and Titania, fairy gold, immortal Englishman, Augustus Caesar, Odin, Thor, Loki, Hell, Marco Polo etc.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Again, I'm recalling the dinner Nicholas van Rijn, Benoni Strang, and one or two others had at a high end restaurant in MIRKHEIM. And we see mention of Diana Crowfeather sometimes patronizing a rather lower end inn or public house in Chapter 1 of THE GAME OF EMPIRE called "The Sign of the Golden Cockbeetle." And the barker outside Leon Ammon's dubious pleasure house on Irumclaw in A CIRCUS OF HELLS declaimed that the finest food and drink could be obtained there.

And I'm sure Archopolis and Admiralty Center on Terra during the days of the Empire had PLENTY of restaurants, but we see none mentioned by name in the Flandry stories.