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…

Intro to Charles Williams

A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the extraordinary (and unusual) fiction of Charles Williams, a fellow Inkling of Lewis and Tolkien. I loved his fiction books, Tolkien notwithstanding, and only last year ventured to read some of his nonfiction. The Figure of Beatrice and Witchcraft were both excellent books, and I'm hopefully going to start a collection of his essays soon. However, when people ask me to describe his opinions or his stories, I'm often at a loss as to where to begin. You see, he was quite a singular person in both literary and theological areas. Fortunately, someone far more articulate than myself has blogged about Williams, and for anyone interested in knowing about this oft-forgotten Inkling, I encourage you to go read this post over at the Rabbit Room.


Anonymous said…
Lanier is one of Elisabeth's good friends from growing up in Atlanta (fellow home-schoolee). Small world.
She has a great site and is a bibliophile.

Rick said…
Wow. It is indeed a small world.