LitStack Recs: Far From the Madding Crowd & The Lost Child of Lychford

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Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy Hardy’s novel of romantic entanglements and farming rural life, set in fictional nineteenth-century county Wessex, is the perfect book for a winter read. This tale of Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak, first published in 1874, takes its time, and let’s the reader settle into time and place. [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Sneaking Into Comic Book Fandom by the Side Door

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Every Wednesday is notable at my house, because it is the day that new releases hit the shelves of our local comic book store (waves at the guys at Comic Book College on Hennepin Ave). Fairly recently – within the last couple of years – my daughter and I have both become comic book fans.  [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Things You Learn…

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I am currently reading The Severed Streets, sequel to Paul Cornell’s exemplary supernatural  crime novel, London Falling, and the concept of ostentation came up for discussion (with author Neil Gaiman – who is a rather fateful fictional iteration of himself in the book – as the literary provocateur).  Not the notion of ostentation as “a [….]

2013 Hugo Award Winners

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Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2013 Hugo Awards, held at LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio on Sunday night. There were a few hiccups with the Ustream live feed of the ceremony, but host Paul Cornell made the night delightful with many gentle jibs and jokes at the expense of the genre community. (Random [….]