Month: October 2015

Witch Week 2015: A Guide to Blackstock College

Posted October 31, 2015 by Lory in events, places / 33 Comments
Witch Week 2015: A Guide to Blackstock College

This is the first post for Witch Week 2015, a celebration of fantasy books and authors. This year’s theme is New Tales from Old, focusing on fiction based in fairy tale, folklore, and myth. For more about Witch Week, see the Master Post. In Tam Lin, Pamela Dean takes her college experience and mixes it […]

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Witch Week 2015: Master Post and Linkup

Posted October 30, 2015 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week 2015: Master Post and Linkup

…Witch Week, when there is so much magic around in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen… —Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones Welcome to the second annual Witch Week, an opportunity to celebrate our favorite fantasy books and authors. This year we’re focusing on the theme New Tales from Old, and I […]

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Top Ten Halloween Books

Posted October 27, 2015 by Lory in lists / 26 Comments
Top Ten Halloween Books

I’m not a fan of the grisly or the gruesome in literature, so I was surprised at how many books I’ve enjoyed that fit into this week’s Top Ten Tuesday category. I had narrow my list down to ten, in fact! What these books have in common is that they are not about gratuitous thrills […]

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Month in Review: October 2015

Posted October 25, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 18 Comments
Month in Review: October 2015

This month was largely spent in preparing for Witch Week, which starts in a few days. I do hope you’ll join us! Otherwise, it was a month full of history, mystery, and adventure, with several nonfiction reads as well as the ongoing madcap journeys of Dido Twite. My book of the month, The Devil in […]

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New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Rosemary Sutcliff, Heather, Oak, and Olive: Three Stories (1971) This slim collection of stories by Rosemary Sutcliff takes us to three different historical settings — tribal Wales, Roman Britain, and ancient Greece — with the author’s characteristically vivid sense of place and time. In each story, a pair of young people forges bonds of loyalty […]

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Witch Week is coming!

Posted October 20, 2015 by Lory in events / 17 Comments
Witch Week is coming!

In a little over a week, Witch Week will begin. This magical time between Halloween and Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day was first brought to my attention by Diana Wynne Jones, in her book of the same name. Last year, I thought it would be fun to use this week to celebrate fantasy books and authors, […]

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Link Love: October 2015

Posted October 18, 2015 by Lory in elsewhere, links / 12 Comments
Link Love: October 2015

Review of the Month: I Capture the Castle I’ve decided to start off my Link Love posts by highlighting a favorite review I’ve found elsewhere. This month it’s an insightful post about I Capture the Castle at the blog majoring in literature. Like all the best reviews, it makes me want to read this favorite […]

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The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Posted October 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Joan Aiken, The Stolen Lake (1981) Joan Aiken, Dangerous Games (1998) For my next installment of a series of posts considering Joan Aiken’s “Wolves Chronicles” (for lack of a better name, the series begun with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and mostly featuring Dido Twite as the protagonist), I’m departing slightly from my general intention […]

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Shiny New Books

Posted October 11, 2015 by Lory in elsewhere / 2 Comments
Shiny New Books

The fall issue of Shiny New Books came out this week, and as usual there are so many tempting titles to explore…it’s going to keep me busy for some time. In the blowing my own horn department, I had two pieces included: Suspense with Style: The Novels of Mary Stewart is in the BookBuzz section. […]

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