Witch Week Day Two: Giveaway Day

Posted November 1, 2017 by Lory in giveaways / 20 Comments
Witch Week Day Two: Giveaway Day

This year, I’m excited to present a double giveaway — two books, in two different formats, thanks to Tachyon Publications. The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen, due to be released next week, is a master storyteller’s riff on various well-known tales including The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and of course the […]

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Witch Week Day One: Rex Futurus (Guest Post)

Posted October 31, 2017 by Lory in events / 12 Comments
Witch Week Day One: Rex Futurus (Guest Post)

This year, I’m delighted that Chris of Calmgrove, an Arthurian scholar and frequent Witch Week contributor, agreed to give his personal perspective on Arthurian literature, a genre that has sometimes annoyed him with its forays into bad history and bad fiction — but has also given him much pleasure, especially in the more adventurous “freestyle” […]

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Witch Week 2017: Master Post and Linkup

Posted October 30, 2017 by Lory in events / 10 Comments
Witch Week 2017: Master Post and Linkup

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

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Words and Pictures: This I would fight for

Posted October 29, 2017 by Lory in quotes / 10 Comments
Words and Pictures: This I would fight for

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the […]

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Witch Week is coming in one week

Posted October 24, 2017 by Lory in events / 12 Comments
Witch Week is coming in one week

This is just a quick note to say that Witch Week is almost here! The guest posts are in place, giveaway widgets ready to go, and I’m working on the discussion post. Please come back for the complete schedule and master post on October 30. Will you read and/or post about something special for the […]

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Have I gone off fantasy?

Posted October 22, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 40 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 / 18 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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