Gimbling in the Wabe – Tis the Season (for me to give suggestions for the science fiction and fantasy readers on your gift list)

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It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn towards warm and cozy, hearth and home, and the giving of gifts to those we love and appreciate. I toyed with the idea of putting up a list of books to recommend for holiday reading and gift-giving, but finally I decided to concentrate on two single [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Tangible Authors

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I am an extremely lucky person.  At times when I am feeling particularly magnanimous, I would even say that I am blessed. I live in an existence where I am surrounded by books.  I own books, I can download books electronically, I have a library nearby where I can not only check out books but [….]

Patrick Rothfuss’s “In the Name of the Wind” to be Developed for Everything!

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What could be better than to hear that fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss’s bestselling, award winning book The Name of the Wind  and the series it debuted, “The Kingkiller Chronicles” has been picked up by Lionsgate to be developed into a major motion picture?  How about part of the deal also being a television show? Now, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Dogs and Rainy Days and Eponymous Adjectives

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It was a rainy day at the dog park today, and not many people (or canines) were romping around the soggy grounds.  A few stalwarts, though, of course. When the Mighty Belle and I walked in, the rain had just stopped, even though the clouds overhead were still dark and ominous.  The air was oppressively [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Daydream Believer

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We humans are so divergent in who we are, how we react and respond, in how our minds work and our ideas play out.  It’s glorious. I’m not talking ideologies or dogma or beliefs or rationalizations.  That’s not quite as glorious.  I’m talking about how we relate to our private selves, and to others around [….]

LitStack Rec: Who Do You Love: Stories & The Name of the Wind

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Who Do You Love: Stories, by Jean Thompson My favorite short stories all seem to have qualities in common: something singular happens to a character, usually out of nowhere; the setting is exceptionally vivid—almost a character in itself; and the narrator can shift easily from the deepest parts of the character to a span of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine had to evacuate from his home near Idyllwild, CA, due to a raging forest fire in the San Jacinto mountains.  His house, while not directly at risk, would be threatened if the fire could not be brought under control; residents were asked to leave not only [….]

LitStaff Pick:Supporting (or Secondary) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

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There’s nothing quite like a great character. These are the fictional folks who leave indelible impressions on readers. They are the folks we root for. And, many times, they aren’t always the hero. In many respects, great secondary characters are more beloved than the main character. After all, what would Harry Potter be without Luna [….]

Literary Pin-Up Calendar from The Tinker’s Pack

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For The Tinker’s Pack 2013 calendar, the not-for-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, has teamed up with some of the best authors in the fantasy genre: Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Robin Hobb, N.K. Jemisin, George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Patrick Rothfuss. The [….]