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…

For Mom

My mother has made me aware that there is a severe lack of David Bowie on my blog. I thought I'd rectify that problem. Here are the ten best David Bowie songs ever. Feel free to disagree, Mom. (Oh, and I'm not going to take the time to look up videos for each one and link to them. You'll have to find them on your own.)

10. Dancing in the Street

9. The Man Who Sold the World

8. Young Americans

7. Saviour Machine

6. Ziggy Stardust

5. Suffragette City

4. Changes

3. Under Pressure

2. Rebel Rebel

1. Space Oddity


A few people have told me I look a bit like Bowie
Erica said…
Oh, 70's. Why must you be so odd?
Mom said…
Rick!!!!! You forgot Heroes! Anywho, this is a good start. I would'nt have put Dancing in the Street. I think the original was much better. I would have never been able to choose the top ten cause I pretty much like all of his songs. Do you realize, Rick, that I had all his albums up until I had you. Thanks buddy. This made my day.
Rick said…
Mr. Dobbs/Martin: Based on your picture I can see just where they're coming from.

Mom: Glad you liked it.