Farewell to Ray Bradbury

Farewell to Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, considered with Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein to be one of the iconic figures of the classic science fiction era, died June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. I first came across Bradbury’s stories in middle school, and was captivated (if sometimes mystified, given my age) by The… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, Cynthia Rylant!

Happy Birthday, Cynthia Rylant!

Cynthia Rylant is celebrating her 58th birthday today (June 6, 2012).  Born in 1954, Rylant grew up in West Virginia, and discovered a love of writing in college. Her books range from picture books and early chapter books for younger readers (ages 3 to 8) to books for the middle… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry

Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry

If you have young children, chances are you have at least one book by Richard Scarry in your house.  Why not celebrate his birthday today (June 5) by sitting down to read it together? Richard Scarry was born in 1919 and died in 1994.  He wrote and illustrated over 250… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, Marion Zimmer Bradley

Happy Birthday, Marion Zimmer Bradley

Photo by Modern Arts Studio, Oakland, California. From the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust website. Marion Zimmer Bradley, best known for her Darkover novels and a series of Arthurian fantasies beginning with The Mists of Avalon, was born on this day in 1930.  She died in 1999. Bradley’s Darkover… Read more »

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This Week’s Articles (5/27 – 6/02/2012)

This Week’s Articles (5/27 – 6/02/2012)

If you’re interested in books, ebooks, libraries, self-publishing, or even book blogs,there’s quite a lot to interest you this week:  The Nation has published a long, thoughtful piece on “The Amazon Effect” by Steve Wasserman.  A history of Amazon’s rise as well as an examination of its tactics and its… Read more »

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Author Birthdays page

Author Birthdays page

Want to know whose birthday it is?  I’ve added a page of author (and illustrator) birthdays to this blog. For the most part, the authors listed are a mix of classic literary types, children’s authors, and authors of fantasy, SF, and mystery.  They appear by date. You’ll find the page… Read more »

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Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore (Review)

Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore (Review)

Magic Under Glass blends elements of fantasy, steampunk, and the gothic novel: orphan girl swept into a high social milieu, mysterious and romantic sorcerer, hidden wife, enchanted clockwork automaton, missing fairy prince.  Dolamore melds all of these into a cohesive, intriguing, but oddly spare whole. I have very mixed feelings… Read more »

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