The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book. Neil Gaiman is so skilled at crafting a fantasy story and giving his reader just enough of the details via such beautiful, literary language that you manage to sustain a sense of wonder throughout … Continue reading Reading: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
It's that inevitable moment in the car, again. My wife and I are sitting there, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, just a little past the peak of hunger, and I am about to turn the key. We both know what's going to happen, but the question is who is going to ask it first. "Where … Continue reading Reading: How We Decide
So, I went on a diet recently. I don’t do that lightly. In fact, I don’t think I ever admitted to doing it before. But, as the Barenaked Ladies song goes, “I’m gaining pounds / at the precipice of too late…”. I’ve felt like I needed to do something for a while, and I’d done … Continue reading Are We What We Eat?
My roommate and I in college once had a big argument about books. We both loved the "Apprentice Adept" trilogy by Piers Anthony. We bonded over those books, which was good because we didn't always have a whole lot else in common. But then, the unthinkable happened. Piers Anthony wrote a sequel. My roommate was … Continue reading The End (And I Like It That Way)
So they announced something at the D23 Disney Fan Convention that totally blows me away. No, there won't be free massages from the princesses in a totally revamped Fantasyland. They actually announced the sub-title of the new Pirates of the Caribbean flick -- On Stranger Tides. Reading this announcement caused me to spit shredded wheat … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Did music ever stir your emotions? Make you cry? Laugh? Feel afraid? Feel like getting out of your seat and moving? Yeah, you macho guys are sitting there, going, "No way...music only makes me want to rawk!" Well, maybe so. But what about the stirring, high-pitched violin string as the stalker sneaks up on the … Continue reading Reading: This Is Your Brain On Music
So, I got a lot of books for Christmas, being a reading nerd, and one of my favorites is "Good Day and Mad" by Dick DeBartolo. Dick is the Giz Wiz, as well as Mad Magazine's Maddest Writer. He's been writing for the magazine so long he must have been born writing a satire of … Continue reading A MAD Gift I Got for Christmas
Some interesting notes on the new Hitchhiker's book from The Guardian. It's being published by Penguin, not Hyperion as I reported earlier. (I thought the NPR thing mentioned Hyperion.) It's sanctioned by Adams' wife. It's plotted as a way of bringing Douglas Adams' work to the next generation of readers. Um...on that last point, wouldn't … Continue reading More On The New Hitchhiker’s Book
Eoin Colfer, who wrote the popular childrens book series Artemis Fowl has been tapped to write a sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now, I like Mr. Colfer okay. I understand his reasoning for not turning down the offer out of hand. And I hope he does a decent job. I read the … Continue reading Why Are They Jumping Up And Down On Douglas Adams’ Grave?
I have a confession to make. I didn't rush out to the theater to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I hear you gasp. I hear you ask what has happened to my fandom. And no, I will not turn in my Jedi Knights membership card. Mind tricks are far too useful. The characters are … Continue reading Reading: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Novelization