What’s Up

September 23, 2009 at 10:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Boy, there hasn’t been a lot going on in my blog here lately.

I’d like to tell you it’s because I’m doing cute newlywed things and all.

Really there’s been a sort of black cloud over our heads.  Rocket Scientist’s mom has lymphoma – again.  They’ve known for about two months.  She started chemo this week.  The good news is it’s only Stage One this time, and they caught it early.  She’s optimistic, and with the new drugs she says she’ll be able to keep her hair.

The bummer is they told RS the day before the wedding, but nobody told me.  “Gee, why does the groom seem oddly depressed?”

Anyway.  I haven’t been doing all that much reading lately, at least, well, not much for me.  I can advise anyone who was considering it not to read The Seven Days of Peter Crumb in the same week as The Kindly Ones.  I’d ask for escape reading recommendations, but I still have 53 Pulitzer winners to read this year.

“The Magicians”

September 23, 2009 at 9:56 am | Posted in Fantasy, Fiction | 5 Comments

We read The Magicians during our honeymoon road trip, and I have to tell you, it’s now one of my favorite books ever.  I don’t care what they say about this book, it would be impossible to over-rate it.  We were transported.

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That being said, if you’re not a die-hard, lifelong lover of children’s fantasy novels, don’t read it.

The great thing about The Magicians is that it’s a fantasy novel about fantasy novels.  I think it succeeds on both levels.  The other great thing about it is its blend of high-falutin intellectual conversations and hipness.  It’s decadent, dissolute, yet it has this untouchable innocence at its heart.  Imagine Bad Santa clapping for Tinkerbelle.

My heart is in my throat waiting for Lev Grossman’s next.  Please let there be another.

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