Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…


Can anyone explain why a book I ordered arrived in Elkridge, Maryland on Saturday, and then proceeded on to Greensboro, North Carolina, where it left yesterday? In the meantime, I'm here in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the halfway point waiting for my book to return from its inexplicable trip south. I hope it doesn't leave me again to go gallavanting about up north.

    Enroute, May 08, 2007, 3:39 pm, GREENSBORO, NC 27495

    Electronic Shipping Info Received, May 07, 2007

    Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, May 05, 2007, 12:00 am, ELKRIDGE, MD 21075


Erica said…
You said gallavanting :-P had never been to North Carolina, so it thought it would go there first?
M.B. said…
Go south young book, go south.

You should probably have mentioned that the reason for your watchfulness over this particular book is that it's your long-awaited copy of The Children of Hurin. ;)