{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until aContinue reading “{book} once begun”

{book} girlchild

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Hardcover, 271 pages. borrowed from Library. When I’d first heard of Girlchild, I left with the impression that it would be a story set in a harsh landscape with a resilient and quirky young protagonist—ala Susan Patron’s Lucky or Kate DiCamillo’s India Opal. But this isContinue reading “{book} girlchild”

{film} the dark knight rises

A length of rambling in which I curb a rant into a review…   In a call from the daughter (newly 12) during her visit in the land of entrapment, she says, “Don’t be mad but I saw The Dark Knight Rises.” She, like many close to me, know how I feel about violence inContinue reading “{film} the dark knight rises”

{comics} pluto vol 1-7

If you are going to check out this manga series by Urasawa x Tezuka from your local library, please be sure they have all 8…As it is, I need to carve out time to find the 8th volume somewhere. Believe me, one volume will throw you into the next and you’ll not want to hitContinue reading “{comics} pluto vol 1-7”

{book} my name is mina

Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead. And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days. I should really write thoseContinue reading “{book} my name is mina”

the sense of an ending

Note: this post is quote heavy, as you can see. it can be (for the most part) read without them; i just chose not to restrain myself. “This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature. Look at our parents–were they the stuff of Literature? At best, they mightContinue reading “the sense of an ending”

[tv] torchwood : miracle day

today I ramble a bit about the BBC television series Torchwood: Miracle Day. Sean and I had really looked forward to this season after Children of Earth in 2010. I’ll introduce the show and then dissolve into thoughts about this year’s Miracle Day. A lot of interesting conversations could be had from Miracle Day, believeContinue reading “[tv] torchwood : miracle day”

the city of lost children

“Once upon a time there was an inventor so gifted that he could create life. A truly remarkable man.[…] Since he had no wife or children he decided to create them in his laboratory. He started with a wife and fas into the most beautiful princess in the world. Alas, a wicked genetic fairy castContinue reading “the city of lost children”

The Family Fang

“Caleb, we placed our child in a situation that turned her into an earthquake.” […] “She was terrified of Santa Claus. And we were the ones who put her in the fat man’s lap. That seems like the makings of a long-term psychological problem.” “Do you know how resilient kids are?” […] “She’s just aContinue reading “The Family Fang”

“Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun.”

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (w/ a new intro by Harry Harrison) A Byron Priess Book (First Vintage/Random House), 1996 edition. Originally published (serially) Galaxy magazine in 1951; first book form, 1953. 243, Paperback. Sean highly recommended The Stars My Destination, I read it and wanted more Bester. This was his next recommendation, anContinue reading ““Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun.””