Book Review: “Warrior Scarlet” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Title: Warrior Scarlet Series: No. Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 207 Published: 1958 Spoiler-free Synopsis: One-armed Drem desires to win acceptance and respect as a hunter in his tribe, but for that to happen he must prove his passage into manhood by killing a wild wolf on his own, and no one is allowed to helpContinue reading “Book Review: “Warrior Scarlet” by Rosemary Sutcliff”

Book Meme 2012: Theme Song

Seeing as The Egotist’s Club and Jubilare have settled on a variety of choices for this topic, I shall take the same liberty. After all, it’s not an easy task. It’s true I do often hear some kind of soundtrack when I’m reading a book, but it’s usually one my mind makes up on theContinue reading “Book Meme 2012: Theme Song”

Another Glorious Library Book Sale

They have three every year, the local library does, and I go to every one. It doesn’t matter how many unread books I have at home. A new favorite might be waiting patiently for me on the overfilled folding tables, or underneath them in the ragged cardboard boxes, holding its frayed corners as still asContinue reading “Another Glorious Library Book Sale”

Book Review: “Tristan & Iseult” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Title: Tristan & Iseult Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 150 Published: 1971 Spoiler-free Synopsis: In the days of King Arthur, Tristan defeats Ireland’s champion and gains the friendship of his uncle, King Marc of Cornwall, who entrusts him with a mission: to sail the seas in search of a flame-haired queen. But a troublesome fate descendsContinue reading “Book Review: “Tristan & Iseult” by Rosemary Sutcliff”

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”

Library Booksale Raid #2

First things first: I have a warm welcome to offer Autumn on this midnight of its equinox (or rather, the midnight after its equinox)…except that Autumn hasn’t yet shown up where I am. In fact, the last couple of days have felt like blazing midsummer. Which irks me, as Autumn is my favorite of theContinue reading “Library Booksale Raid #2”

Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar

[N.B. A review copy of this book was sent to me by its author. In no way has this influenced the opinions I express here. You can find Tyler Tichelaar’s blog at CHILDREN OF ARTHUR.] Title: King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition Author: Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. Pages: 179 Publisher: Modern HistoryContinue reading “Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar”

Book Meme Day 17: My Favorite Quote From Some of My Favorite Books

Memetic modification is the order again. I neither want to spoil the “surprise” of my final choice for favorite book (which of course will not be “final” and could in fact end up being multiple books), nor limit myself to the impossible task of one favorite passage. Some of my favorite books, like The LordContinue reading “Book Meme Day 17: My Favorite Quote From Some of My Favorite Books”

Book Meme Day 15: My Favorite Male Character

The difficulty has been deciding whether my favorite male character is defined as the most admirable, or as the one in whom I am most interested as a person. I must go with the latter. He is not the most admirable, nor is he a model for how to live one’s life. His flaws areContinue reading “Book Meme Day 15: My Favorite Male Character”