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…

Back from England





Well, I made it back from England. I might post some things about the trip if I have time in the future. For now...this.

Comments

Erica said…
Profit-go back in time and invest in Microsoft. And place many, many bets.

I think there was a movie like that. They kept climbing into a Time Box thing. But then they beat their future selves up, or something. It was kind of confusing.
Rick said…
That was "Primer". It's about my favorite time travel movie ever. If you watch it about three times and draw a diagram it makes a lot more sense. :)

Also that same guy just made another movie which looks like it's going to be just as confusing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U9KmAlrEXU
Erica said…
That's it!

Also I think I may have to watch that movie trailer three times just to understand what the trailer is about. (Or not. I'm not sure these are things man is meant to know.)