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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jonni and me were polishing off the Great Brain books at the start of summer for bedtime stories and she was way into those. Then we discovered Avatar, (the last airbender) which ruled our summertime bedtime stories. (Yeah, we watched TV for bedtime stories. SUE ME!! That show was Great!) Since we finished Avatar, conveniently about the same time school started... (again, Avatar ruled!! Still reeling)... Jonni and me have now moved on to what looks like it may be our next bedtime story thingy: Wrinkle in Time.

I was worried that it was a couple years ahead of her still, so I gave her every possible out if it turned out that she didn't like it. But she does! And we are only in chapter 3 or so, nothing has even happened yet. We met Calvin basically.

I really am digging on being able to read books I love to my kids, now that I have kids old enough to like them also. It's probably even better than we I discovered these books for myself. This is such a blast.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I wasted some time the other night picking out my favorite posts of all time here. Came up with half a dozen or so. Here is a link to them

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Speaking of dumb books,

I also failed to complete reading Time Enough for Love by Heinlein. Heinlein was a pretty good writer, but.... OI! 85% of the book was spent trying to demonstrate that we all have our perception of sex all screwed up (no pun)- and in a more enlightened age, we would all treat it very casually. Hi, I'm your neighbor, may I borrow some sugar? Drop by for some sex later! Anytime!

I gave up. He wasn't graphic, just ridiculous. So convinced that he was sane and the everyone else on the planet delusional.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sympathy for the Devil

We all know that George Lucas is the devil right?

Is there any punishment strong enough for the man who demolished StarWars? The defining epic tale of my childhood? And then trashes Indiana Jones for an encore?

Really. The Star Wars! What could be worse? What crime against literature and storytelling would be more monsterous that that?

To get worse you'd have to take one of the great classics... like HUCKLEBERRY FINN, for example, and write some psychotic sequel where Tom, Huck and Jim all get kidnapped by a, like, a mad scientist or something on board some sort of sci-fi flying machine and sail it to Africa and have sword fights with lions and tigers and arabs.

Would you believe Mark Twain actually wrote a sequel to Huck Finn with that exact plot? I read it a while back. Tom Sawyer Abroad. Its the dumbest book ever! I suspect he wrote it during that period of his life when he was very short on funds. Yes. Incredibly stupid. I'm not exaggerating about the plot, that really was it. It's the first thing in a long time that has made me think I might someday forgive George Lucas. This really is the ultimate Bad Sequel. Breaking Dawn was mild compared to this. To out do this, we'd have to write The Bible Part 2 or maybe a bad sequel to the Declaration of Independance.

And Twain wrote another sequel: Tom Sawyer, Detective. I have to find it.