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What I’m Reading: The Child Who Never Grew

Pearl Buck’s The Child Who Never Grew is about her daughter, Carol, who suffered from mental retardation–developmental disability, I suppose we’d say today– and Buck’s search for an institution to house her once she reached the age of nine.  It is also concerned with her inability at first to reconcile… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Child Who Never Grew”

What I’m Reading: Dial H for Hero

Dial H for Hero is a comic series written by China Mieville, whose day job is writing, I think, steam-punk novels.  I’ve never read one, but maybe I should, judging from the quality of his comic writing. The comic is a revival of a DC… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Dial H for Hero”

What I’m Reading: Becoming Billie Holiday

I bought this book intending to also get a CD of Billie Holiday’s music to go with it.  That was four years ago, and not until recently did I acquire the CD!  So, it’s been on my reading pile awhile. Before I started reading… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Becoming Billie Holiday”

What I’m Reading: Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska (2005) is the first book by John Green, who’s become a leading YA author over the past several years.  It follows high school junior Miles during his year at a boarding school in a small town in Alabama.  He didn’t mind leaving… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Looking for Alaska”

What I’m Reading: Marvel Comics The Untold Story

Sean Howe has written this extensively researched history of Marvel Comics, from its origins around 1940 as a quick cash-in on a fad by publisher Martin Goodman to the present day.  He conducted more than a hundred interviews for the book and read seemingly every fanzine… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Marvel Comics The Untold Story”

Hurricane Brings Rain, Extreme Laziness

With some out-of-town guests last weekend, the hurricane the last couple days, and Halloween coming up, I have gotten nothing done on my WiP for several days.  Those scary movies won’t watch themselves! I have been doing a lot of reading, so I’ll have… Continue Reading “Hurricane Brings Rain, Extreme Laziness”

What I’m Reading: Rare Beasts

Rare Beasts, a children’s book by Charles Ogden, concerns Edgar and Ellen, twins who live more or less by themselves in a big house out on the edge of town.  The twins have rather nasty dispositions and the only thing they enjoy more than… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Rare Beasts”

Favorite author at different ages

I was thinking about different favorite authors I’ve had in my life, and how that has changed over time.  The first author I remember as a favorite was Robert O’Brien, author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  Not that I knew his… Continue Reading “Favorite author at different ages”