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The boy is reading Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist and he asks

"Dad, who's Charles Fort?"

So I explain that Charles Fort was a scholar who collected the unusual and the unexplained and believed the world was a stranger place than science allowed.

And the boy says "He wrote a book called Lo!, do we have that?"

And then he was curled up reading Fort until his grammy showed up.

I definitely have to read this kid's mystery.
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Today, for our easter tradition, we went book shopping. The boy chose a book called Do Not Open, which appears to be a collection of espionage, conspiracy and just plain old weird things. Yep, the apple just doesn't fall far from the tree.

The starchild chose a book about ballerinas and a book about fairies. She almost went for a book about monsters, but I blame grammy for the change of plans.

[livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom got a sewing book.

And somehow I got no books. Which seems a huge injustice (never mind who bought 80% of the books currently sitting in boxes waiting for the bookshelves to come in).
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Yesterday's post got me thinking about fiction that features occult figures. So I've been slowly considering stuff at work and came up with this list so far. I'm bound to be forgetting tons, because well I'm at work. List in Progress )
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Last night [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I happened upon a list of fantasy involving Elizabethan characters and themes. Here's the list I came up with, retty sure its not complete

Aegypt by John Crowley: All about the Dee.

The House of Doctor Dee by Peter Ackroyd: Why yes Dee is quite popular. This one is my favorite with Aegypt.

Gloriana or the Unfulfilled Queen by Michael Moorcock: Alternate history Elizabeth, more mood then anything else.

The Alchemist's Door by Lisa Goldstein: More Dee, in Prague. With Rabbi Loew.

The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett: Syndney and Marlow with magic.

Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede: Fairy tale (you know the one) with again some Dee action.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman: Gaiman has some fun stuff to say about Shakespeare and faerie.

Strange Devices of the Sun And Moon by Lisa Goldstein: Faerie’s in Elizabethan court intrigue with some Marlowe and some arthurian stuff.

Maxie’s Demon by Michael Scott Rohan: Dee is involved in this novel in Rohan’s Spiral.

Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt: Shakespeare must rescue his wife & daughter from Faerie. She has some others that I’m not sure I’ve read.

The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry: Time travel YA.
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A recent favorite kid book in my house was The boy who was raised by librarians, written by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed. It made me (and [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom) sniffle. The starchild just loves it. This amusing, warm-hearted picture book celebrates the impact that public libraries and librarians can have on the lives of children, and I’d guess most of my friends would resonate with it.

The boy continues his fascination with comics, space, robots, bionicles and the like. I really should post some of his comics some day.
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Last night we were in Harvard Square and fun was had by everyone. The Hungarian Horntails where, as [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom said, the most punk thing we've seen in years. A bunch of kids wailing on a guitar screaming about Harry Potter stuff and forgetting the words, making up new ones and occasionally each singing different songs.

Draco and the Malfoys were cuter than I expected singing about evil. The boy rather liked them (and he dances pretty cool). They had a fun stage presence.

Harry and the Potters were probably the dullest act. Quite frankly they aren't very good and are more in the position they are in Wizard Rock more because they were first than any other reason. But heh, it is pretty cool to be able to tour libraries and small clubs to sing songs about books you love. And the kids sang along with all their songs.

It was amazing thinking that all the high school and college kids there have grown up with these books. The first book came out 10 years ago, when most of these kids where 10 or less. And as [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom said this generation may be so ironic they have no sense of irony. So there were some weird moments, like the guy from the Harry Potter Alliance.

Also, I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was, on how harry potter love has translated into school-girl fetish wear.

We left around 9:45, the starchild was not capable of making it any longer. This morning we headed out and bought the book and [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom is reading it. We also stopped by the lego store so the boy could exchange a duplicate from his birthday and he and his sister are downstairs building. Not sure what we'll do the rest of the day.
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Recently I’ve been thinking about what I like to read. That leads me to a thread of books that are all similar in some ways, but not all involving the fantastic, that I send most of my fiction time reading (and a good chunk of my non-fiction reading bleeds into). This process makes me realize I throw a lot of terms around so this post is designed to figure out what I mean by those categories.
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Paul Di Filippo offers a slipstream canon from a panel discussion at Readercon

We all know what the means...meme! )

Baaa....

Nov. 16th, 2006 02:59 pm
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This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.
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Very straightforward list with few unexpected books there.
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A few months ago [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom persuaded me that I had best keep better track of our books. Quite frankly it has become quite frequent that I go to look for a book and can't find it, neither can I remember who I lent said book to. And of course said books never find their way back all that often. So, in an attempt to divorce growing dementia from losing books we got a librarything account. Which I've been slowly adding books to. I'm about 1/4th the way through.

What I really find to be the time waster for this one is my tendenacy to see who has similar ooks and then troll their libraries looking for stuff I may never have read. Rather addicting that.

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