Musing on English classes

A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like JONESBORO, Ga. — For years Lorrie McNeill loved teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Harper Lee classic that many Americans regard as a literary rite of passage. But last fall, for the first time in 15 years, Ms. McNeill, 42, did not assign “Mockingbird” — or any novel.… Continue reading Musing on English classes

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Upcoming books: “Without Warning”

John Birmingham’s latest, Without Warning has showed up on Amazon. Looks great, although it isn’t out in the US until February. If I make it to Asia again this fall, I may get it early … as I was able to do with Final Impact, since they get the Aussie editions at some of the… Continue reading Upcoming books: “Without Warning”

A “Deathly Hallows” parodic summary

Potterdammerung [Mega-Spoilers] Don’t read this unless you’ve finished The Deathly Hallows, don’t care about spoilers, are or just a jerk who wants to find out what happens at the end and ruin it for everyone. Sadly the funny parts are pretty much wall to wall spoilers, but once you’ve read the book, this is a… Continue reading A “Deathly Hallows” parodic summary

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OK, I’ve read “Deathly hallows” (no spoilers but may be spoilers in comments)

Finished reading at a bit after midnight last night… since I started a bit after noon, and given about a three hour break for dinner “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” provided about 9 hours of solid entertainment. Not bad. Overall, liked it. A very few bits reverted to the “whiny/angry Harry” of Order of… Continue reading OK, I’ve read “Deathly hallows” (no spoilers but may be spoilers in comments)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Is out… although my copy won’t be here until later today (/tomorrow, subjective to sleep time)… and in light of my earlier suggestion for Harry Potter fanfic (“Book 7 ends with Harry and Voldemort, the way Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards ended”) here’s a youtube clip out of Wizards. Catch it quick, as I don’t plan to… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Question of the day

What exactly are “Deathly Hallows?” I guess we will have to wait to find out. In the meanwhile, the decision is whether it’s time to reread “Half Blood Prince” now, or wait for a definite ETA for the final book.

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What’s up with me, lately…

First, because it’s too cute to resist: (from a mailing list I’m on.) Other than that, not a lot of news. I’m back from a vacation that wasn’t, in the end, all that relaxing… though I will have got my AA Platinum renewed for another year once the miles post for the flight home. I’m… Continue reading What’s up with me, lately…

Fanfic I’d like to see

OK, there are a few fanfic stories I’d really like to read. Perhaps I’ll get to writing one someday; more likely not. Two alternate versions of Harry Turtledove’s Lizards/Worldwar books: 1) “Fleetlord Atvar and the Cuban Missile Crisis” 2) Lizards arrive in 2021, as described/implied in John Birmingham’s Axis of Time Trilogy Harry Potter: 1)… Continue reading Fanfic I’d like to see

A must for any time traveller

Joseph LeConte, 1823-1901: Instructions for the Manufacture of Saltpetre. (Columbia, S.C.: Charles P. Pelham, State Printer, 1862.) At the UNC Chapel Hill online library. Very cool, and if you’ve ready much time travel fiction, you’ll know exactly why this is so handy if you ever get trapped in the pre-industrial past. I love the internet.

Brin on Star Wars vs. Star Trek

A great article that I’d lost track of by David Brin… “Star Wars” despots vs. “Star Trek” populists Anyway, when it comes to portraying human destiny, where would you rather live, assuming you’ll be a normal citizen and no demigod? In Roddenberry’s Federation? Or Lucas’ Empire? See also his “incautious and heretical re-appraisal of J.R.R.… Continue reading Brin on Star Wars vs. Star Trek

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