Another Major Award!

No, still not a lamp. Leg. Statue. “Yeah! A staaaatue!” “Ralphie!” I’ve been given the prestigiously obscure Liebster Award, in which one blogger with fewer than 200 followers writes trivia and answers to random questions about themselves, and then tags a bunch of other bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to write more trivia andContinue reading “Another Major Award!”

Locus Poll Final Results

In November the Locus magazine’s website hosted a poll to find out the best novels and short stories from the 20th and 21st centuries in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. I voted, as did some of you readers. The results of the novels are now in! I’m fairly pleased by the results. Now,Continue reading “Locus Poll Final Results”


Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it? Thanksblogging. I suppose we could call it Blogsgiving, except that I’m thanking blogs rather than giving them, or even Thanksblogsgiving, but that’s rather a mouthful. Then again, isn’t Thanksgiving all about mouthfuls? Big, delicious mouthfuls of glazed turkey, hot stuffing, cranberry sauce, salads, mashed potatoes with gravy,Continue reading “Thanksblogging”

Half Price Book Raid II

A few weeks ago I had the honor of visiting two of those elegantly erudite ladies at the Egotist’s Club, Urania and Melpomene. Among the varying important cultural pastimes we took part in (an impressive Renaissance Faire, an Irish pub, stalking university grounds at night, watching me die hilariously in Assassin’s Creed 2 and TheContinue reading “Half Price Book Raid II”

Book Meme 2012

Remembering the great fun that came of last year’s 30-Day Book Meme, the Ladies of The Egotist’s Club have started another one and invited me to join. Except this one is a little different. There are ten topics, and the idea is to write on one topic a week—thus, the project should take ten weeks,Continue reading “Book Meme 2012”

On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5

Unfortunately, this will be my last post in Lewis’ book, at least for the time being. Why? The book is due back to the library tomorrow and I’ve already renewed it twice. But weep not, my friends! For this is one of the more important chapters for understanding what people like Lewis, Tolkien, and MacDonaldContinue reading “On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5″

Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4

Chapter 4 The Reading of the Unliterary Each art is itself and not some other art. Words mean things in a way that musical notes do not. So while the best appreciation of a symphony may be to attend to the intricacy of the notes themselves, even apart from the subjective meanings they suggest toContinue reading “Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4”

The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3

The first demand any work of any art makes upon us is surrender.  Chapter 3 How the Few and the Many Use Pictures and Music By way of expanding the uses of his theory, and of providing more varied examples, Lewis begins noting how the “many” tend to approach visual arts and music in aContinue reading “The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3”

Half Price Book Raid

I stripped my shelves of dozens of books, and afterward they were still crammed, and I still had stacks on my table and headboard. It was a painful, difficult task. I would look at all my fantasy books and immediately find them all to be priceless. I would look at all my books written beforeContinue reading “Half Price Book Raid”