Links: Annotated List
Since the inception of the "Unofficial
Quiller Web Site" [UQWS] (see below) in August 1996, the presence of
Quiller material on the Internet has grown steadily. Below are the
principal links as of this moment, sequenced chronologically according
to time of development, earliest to latest, together with critical comments
Unofficial Quiller Web Site [Jon Peralez, webmaster]. This is
the site that started it all. Very complete, well-laid out, user-friendly,
and visually appealing. Suffers a bit from lack of significant change
or noticeably new input over long periods of time, which one suspects is
due to its reliance on established media (book covers, published reviews,
memoirs, and so on). By their nature, such resources are finite.
However, this is still the primary place where the Quiller world meets.
Quiller Mailing List [Jon Peralez, list moderator]. Among discussion
lists, this one is unusual, perhaps unique. Generally, there is an
elevated tone of discussion, although recently the list has been the venue
for unprovoked personal attacks on some list posters. Moreover, discussion
(nominally on what is called the "Quiller Book of the Month" [QBOTM], but
in fact on many topics related to Quiller and some that are not) is quite
sporadic, with intense periods of probing and informative debate interspersed
with long periods of few or no submissions. Also, by necessity, well-informed
opinions are intermixed with posts containing unsupported assertions and
an intrusive amount of self-monitoring and face-management. There
have also been instances in which, with neither warning nor comment, some
postings and/or notifications to posters of messages received have failed
to appear. It's still a good list, but unfortunately a little less
elevated in quality as it once was.
Mouth's Quiller Puzzle Pages [Rick Holt ("Iron Mouth"), webmaster].
First major offshoot of the Quiller 'Net revolution begun by Jon (see above).
A solid collection of some very challenging puzzles, and a good interconnection
to the UQWS (see above), with all puzzles cued to the Quiller Book of the
Month. The cryptogram section has proved especially popular (perhaps
reflecting the importance of cryptography to Quiller's interests); however,
the explanations tend to be much too long-winded. Seems to be adjusting
to the needs of Q-mmunity by its increasing inclusion of contributions
by site visitors.
Mouth's Quiller Scholar Pages [Rick Holt ("Iron Mouth"), webmaster].
You're looking at it. Obviously intended to be a "serious" site for
Mouth's Quiller Q-alendar [Rick Holt ("Iron Mouth"), webmaster].
Contains two puzzles (simple substitution cryptogram and Q-cubed ["Q-uiller
Q-uiz Q-uestion]), both keyed to the QBOTM, together the "Thought of the
Day" [TOTD], a small essay on some aspect of the QBOTM. The attractive
calendar layout is a definite improvement over the TOTD format formerly
Mouth's Quiller Puzzle Pages, but the webmaster has a definite problem
keeping the site up-to-date, with the current offering often as much as
a week or more behind.
• The Norfolk Training Facility: An Iron Mouth Quiller Fantasy
Site [Rick Holt ("Iron Mouth"), webmaster]. Currently under development,
and coming online soon, the Norfolk Training Facility will be the first
Quiller "fantasy" site, that is, a site on which information from the Quiller
novels is intermixed both with actual literature on tradecraft, and the
details of an imaginary locale, the notorious facility where the Bureau's
agents are trained to a fine-honed degree of perfection. The site
will feature experts from the field of espionage and security work, offering
guest lectures and hands-on practice at the dark, dank, and lonely site
in the wild and isolated reaches of east England.
As to other sites of interest to the Q-mmunity, the visitor is referred
to Jon Peralez's Unofficial
Quiller Web Site. Jon's done yeoman's work finding and keeping
current the links to a multitude of media having to do with Quiller.
I can't add anything, except to say that, given the quality of the Quiller
novels, they are not discussed nearly often enough, either on the 'Net
or off. We in the Q-mmunity are going to change all that.
Created by Rick Holt (Iron Mouth) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright (c) 1997
Disclaimer: all opinions not expressly attributed
to other contributors are solely my own.