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…

The Proper Use of "Epic"

So many words in our culture have become neutered by overuse. "Epic" for instance used to be reserved for things that were truly great. The anger of Achilles, the journey of Odysseus, the travels of Aeneas: these things were epic. We really don't have a standard of comparison these days for when to call something epic. This is why I intend to give a standard in this post for the use of the word epic. If your particular situation is not as awe-inspiring and amazing as this, it does not deserve to be called epic. So here we go:

While I was weed-eating the back yard this afternoon, I had my headphones in and was cranking this song:

It was EPIC.


buddy2blogger said…

Dare I say an Epic post ;)
Rick said…
Epic indeed. By the way, by blogfeed tells me you've written a review of the BBC Hounds of Baskerville. But it's not there!!! :(
Erica said…
I would argue that the Power Rangers theme is more epic. (Despite the utter silliness of the show.)
Mom said…
Hahahaha! While you were weed eating? Hahahaha! Poor Rick. Always thought he was he-man. Love ya buddy. And, this is epic!
buddy2blogger said…

The review for 'The Hounds of Baskerville' is up. There was a glitch in the blog that caused the error. Please click here to read my review.

Tomorrow, I will be posting my review for 'The Reichenbach Fall'.