chronicles

The Chronicles of Harris of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales Art & Story by Chris Van Allsburg, with an Intro by Lemony Snicket Houghton Mifflin, 2011; Illustrations-1984; Stephen King’s The House on Maple Street-1993. Hardcover, 195 pages + Intro & Author bios. the 14 are: Sherman Alexie, A Strange Day in July; M.T.Continue reading “chronicles”

Guys Read : Thriller

Ten stories guaranteed to thrill, chill, and have you so far on the edge of your seat that you’re actually on someone else’s, from the following notorious authors: M.T. Anderson, Patrick Carman, Gennifer Choldenko, Matt de la Pena, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bruce hale, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Anthony Horowitz, Walter Dean Myers, James Patterson; with IllustrationsContinue reading “Guys Read : Thriller”

lost & found

(from The Red Tree) Lost & Found : 3 by Shaun Tan Arthur A Levine Books, 2011. A Shaun Tan book is a joy for ever. Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. [L & Keats] Yes, I’ve a grand love for Shaun Tan’s work. His words and his artwork really resonate with me. WhenContinue reading “lost & found”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)

this is part 2 of my post on Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio edited Stories: All-New Tales (2010, William Morrow). Part one is here. Part 2 involves my [brief] responses to each of the 27 stories collected, and the introduction. ******************* As I was reading Stories I kept thinking how hard it must be to notContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)

Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio William Morrow & Company, 2010 Hardcover, 448 pages. 27 stories, introduction, and brief contributors’ bios. “Talking to Al Sarrantino I realised that I was not alone in finding myself increasingly frustrated with the boundaries of genre: the idea that categories which existed only to guideContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)”

Slog’s Dad

“Slogger, man,” I said. “Your dad’s dead.” “I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again, like he said he would.” Do you believe in life after death? Slog does. He believes that the scruffy man on a bench outside the butcher shop is his dad, returned to visit him one last time.Continue reading “Slog’s Dad”

after the quake: stories by haruki murakami

After the Quake: stories by Haruki Murakami Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Edition read: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Contents: ufo in kushiro; landscape with flatiron; all god’s children can dance; thailand; super-frog saves tokyo; honey pie. I had yet to read anything by the highly esteemed Murakami and Sean was looking for a new(toContinue reading “after the quake: stories by haruki murakami”

2081

They had hoped to destroy any trace of the extraordinary in me, and in time I came to share that hope. But the extraordinary, it seems, was simply out of their reach. ~Harrison Bergeron (2081) A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212thContinue reading “2081”

a bestiary

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris Illustrations by Ian Falconer Little, Brown and Company, 2010 159 pages, hardcover. If animals were more like us, if mice kept pets and toads could cuss, if dogs had wives and chipmunks dated, sheep sat still and meditated, then in the forest, field, and dairy youContinue reading “a bestiary”

Tales by Shaun Tan in Outer Suburbia

My morning was all pleasurable sighs at the breakfast table. No, this is not a post on erotica or other such sense; nor would I be considered a foodie. I am referring to, in this instance, to sitting down at the table with Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2008). from AlertContinue reading “Tales by Shaun Tan in Outer Suburbia”