May 20th, 2012

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Resting gives me time to read, among other things. Reading leads to finishing books. These include:

First, Myth-Interpretations by Robert Aspirin, which includes a couple of Myth short stories from his series of novels, as well as several other short works of his, a few of which were never previously published. Aspirin has passed on; one of the works was the last one he wrote, sending it off for publication just before his demise. Amusing pieces; one or two were thought-provoking.

Second was Osprey Weapon #4: Browning .50-Caliber Machine Guns which I read on my Ematic. It's an interesting look at an iconic weapon of the US Armed Forces since 1933.


The Excessively Complex, too, particularly if you wish to solve mysteries.  First read The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective.  It's Book Review No. 14.  The contents will be left to the reader as an exercise.  I did like one of the Holmes quotes from the end of the work.  From "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" comes a theme for a model railroad display now a-building.  "The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."  Why else would Holmes and Watson be coming and going from Paddington Station or Victoria Station.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)


Books 60-62: The Good Neighbors, 1/2/3, Graphic Novels

"The Good Neighbors" (Book one, Kin. Book two, Kith. Book three, Kind.)
By Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

(Brought to you from the author who did "the spiderwick chronicles" no less)

You know what I am tired of? I'm tired of books that have pretty tinkerbelle fairies in them, that imagine the Fae to be these wonderful dancing little sprites who do only good and delight humans...

That is not the Fae *I* know... nor the Fae held in ancient legends.

THIS is a book that depicts the Fae races as they always were in the OLD myths... but it is a story set in modern times!

What child doesn't dream of waking up and finding out he or she is REALLY something wonderful and supernatural??

Yeah, sometimes that's not a GOOD thing. this tale, it's a very BAD thing, not because she isn't who she is born to be, but because she IS true to her SELF... not every Fae is wicked, either- they're just... different.

VERY different.

I ADORED this series. I would love to add them to my own small collection of books, and that's saying something. Usually a read or two and I am good- these... I would love to share with friends and family... love to be able to read again, at whim.

Fantastic artwork, Amazing storyline, what isn't there to say about this Triad??

Run out and grab it up, scoop it up and hold it close. It's a rarity!!
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