Category Archives: Adventure

Susan, left behind

Lev Grossman, The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), The Magician’s Land (2014) CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books, 1950-1956) Warning: If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Narnia, some critical plot elements are revealed here. For about an … Continue reading

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Sleigh rides are cold adventures

Episode 3 from my Writer’s Studio in the Woods series. K and I went for a sleigh ride today. Up at 7 for first breakfast — tea and cold cereal. Then we walked a mile to get to the lodge for … Continue reading

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Spiritualism and the Mafia

Norman Lewis, Jackdaw Cake (1985) Here’s a life for you: Raised by your grandfather and three odd aunts. Reclaimed by your spiritualist parents when the aunts go doolally. Married into a Sicilian family (probably mafiosi), then separated from your partner by WWII … Continue reading

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Funny how time changes everything

Reblogged (and updated) from my earlier blog, The Ineluctable Bookshelf (originally posted May 10, 11, 2010) Parnassus on Wheels (1917) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919), Christopher Morley When I asked the dealer in the used bookshop about these books, he said … Continue reading

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Bigamous reading

When I haven’t the energy to read Proust, I read something else. In that respect, I’m no different from anyone else. But the other day my daughter commented on how strange it was that I was sitting on the couch reading … Continue reading

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Whimsical but palatable

As reward for your patience reading my longer posts, here’s a short one: Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) 12-year-old September is whisked away to Fairyland by the Green Wind on the back … Continue reading

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Temporary obsession: AR

My latest obsession started two months ago with Christina Hardyment’s Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk, an excellent study of the sources, both geographic and human, for his famous books, with a satisfying number of illustrations as well. Fans probably … Continue reading

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