Author: Lory

Have I gone off fantasy?

Posted October 22, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 20 Comments
Have I gone off fantasy?

When I was growing up, I almost exclusively read fantasy. C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Ursula LeGuin, Madeleine L’Engle, E. Nesbit were the writers I read again and again, devouring every one of their books. In my teen years I idolized Robin McKinley, and became passionate about Diana Wynne Jones. Well […]

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Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

Posted October 18, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

“Nonsense” is often used as a perjorative term, yet breaking out of our usual habits to use language and ideas in a fresh, imaginative way is so important for keeping us inwardly alive and creative. Nonsense stories and poems are wonderful to share with children, who love their wacky humor, but adults can benefit from […]

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Classics Club: Excellent Women

Posted October 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
Classics Club: Excellent Women

Barbara Pym, Excellent Women (1952) As I read Excellent Women, the best-known work by the once-neglected, now widely praised English novelist Barbara Pym, I was reminded of another acclaimed comic novel that I read not long ago: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. On the surface, Amis’s hard-drinking, buffoonish misogynist Jim Dixon may seem to have […]

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Mount TBR Checkpoint #3

Posted October 11, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 16 Comments
Mount TBR Checkpoint #3

What, is it time for a Mount TBR checkpoint again already? With three months to go, I’ve gotten through just over half of my original list of 60 books. So I know I’m not going to make my goal, but hey, look at all these books I did read! 33 is not too bad. I’ll […]

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Month in Review: September 2017

Posted October 8, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 36 Comments
Month in Review: September 2017

As more dreadful and inconceivably cruel events confront us in the news, reading and blogging increasingly feel like whistling in the dark. Is this pursuit too frivolous to continue? What good does it do, in times such as these? I can’t answer for you, but it still does do me good. A powerful post from […]

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Nonfiction Book Swap

Posted October 5, 2017 by Lory in events / 4 Comments
Nonfiction Book Swap

Nonfiction Book Swap Sign-Ups In my preview post for Nonfiction November, I forgot to include the link for the awesome book swap hosted by Katie from Doing Dewey. Read on for details… This year, we’ll also be bringing back the nonfiction book swap! If you sign up for this swap, you’re committing to sending your […]

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Get ready for Nonfiction November

Posted October 3, 2017 by Lory in events / 11 Comments
Get ready for Nonfiction November

Coming up next month is a blog event I look forward to all year: Nonfiction November, hosted this time around by JulzReads, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Sophisticated Dorkiness, Doing Dewey, and yours truly. I discovered this event soon after I started blogging four years ago, and it really amped up my interest in reading nonfiction. I […]

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Witch Week is coming in one month!

Posted October 1, 2017 by Lory in events / 16 Comments
Witch Week is coming in one month!

It’s October, and that means there’s only one month to go until Witch Week — an annual event celebrating favorite books and authors from the realms of fantasy, myth and legend. What do we have to look forward to? Besides a link-up for your own posts and contributions, there will be some wonderful guest posts: […]

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New Reprint Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Posted September 27, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Reprint Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Patricia A. McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974) Though McKillip’s early novel has become a classic of fairy-tale-flavored fiction, a favorite genre of mine, I’ve somehow managed not to read it until now. I’m so glad I finally did, thanks to a new, beautifully designed paperback and e-book edition from Tachyon books. This is […]

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Blogging the Spirit: What is love?

Posted September 24, 2017 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Blogging the Spirit: What is love?

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I watched the movie La La Land. While I did not think it was as amazing as some rave reviews and awards would have it, it did leave me with an interesting image. (Spoiler alert here, for anyone who wants the ending to remain a secret.) At […]

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