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…

My Reading

I finished The Hobbit again today. Definitely a book that deserves to be read every year or two. I also recently read Brideshead Revisited for the first time at the urging of my wife, and it immediately found a place on my top ten favorite books of all time list. If I have time I'll write a review of it soon. If I don't have time, let it be known that everyone in the world absolutely must read it!!!

Luther's still hearing Beowulf in little segments, I'm still struggling to get through Betjeman's Ghastly Good Taste, the survey of the history of English Architecture, I'm finishing Burkes Reflections on the Revolution in France for school, and I've started The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright. Also my wife and I are starting Stephen Lawhead's Taliesin out loud. Since I have aspirations of writing my great Arthurian novel someday when I make time to get the story out of my head and onto paper, I thought I needed to read Lawhead's take on the Arthur story. It looks like it's going to be a good, fun read.

When I've got some clear time, I've got a copy of The Nibelungelied that I'm dying to get to, and I want to read Sigrid Undset's Kristen Lavransdatter series. Ah, the joys of reading.