A Choice Bit of Fantasy for Your Winter Reading Pleasure

And now a recommendation by one of our staff for your Winter reading pleasure

In 2007, a new fantasy novel appeared by a first-time author named Patrick Rothfuss. That novel, titled The Name of the Wind, became very popular, earning impressive sales and even more impressive reviews for Mr. Rothfuss. The Name of the Wind . . . → Read More: A Choice Bit of Fantasy for Your Winter Reading Pleasure

Horror Anyone?

I’ve pointed out before that tending bar in our Pub leaves me with short periods that I can do some reading in. My preferred reading form is short stories as novels usually don’t lend themselves to reading in bits and pieces.

So I have two recommendations for you that I found worth reading in my . . . → Read More: Horror Anyone?

Fiddles (A Pub Tale)

…the best fiddling I ever heard was a reel, slashed off one day by a tramp player in William Street, Portlaw. For, though I have heard much music since, the indescribable dash and call of that reel are dancing in my ears yet. — Rev. Richard Henebry

Fiddles. They’re everywhere.

The fairies may very well . . . → Read More: Fiddles (A Pub Tale)

Full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

First things first. I’m not making this spoiler-free so proceed at your own risk.  

Now, given that American Gods is now a decade old, and assuming you’re familiar with it so you’re reading this review to see how the full cast adaptation of the definitive edition is, you’re fine. If you haven’t read it, . . . → Read More: Full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices: Digital Editions Now Available (Press Release)

Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices is now available for all e-readers. It includes the original full color text as well as all the original illustrations released with the hand made limited edition.

In Heaven’s City of Angels before the fall, the first crime has been committed: an Angel . . . → Read More: Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices: Digital Editions Now Available (Press Release)

On The Matter of Hobbits

Some years back I’d been mucking around the annotated literature collection we have here in the Estate Library and found that we had a copy of The Annotated Hobbit when I reviewed it. It certainly wasn’t the best way to read it  as the entertaining annotations distracted from Tolkien’s story but I did learn much . . . → Read More: On The Matter of Hobbits

Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)

Oh, the tale I was going to tell? It concerns the Rat Fiddlers…

The staff is engaged in a discussion to name the group that the Rat Fiddlers are thinking of putting together — medieval music with small pipes, hurdy gurdy, and fiddles.

Who are these Rat Fiddlers, you ask? And why haven’t I heard . . . → Read More: Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)

Zina Lee on Jane Yolen

Over a few pints of Guinness, I asked Zina what her favorite Jane Yolen tale was and why so. Here’s her answer:

I’ve so many favorite Yolen stories and I am so grateful to her for them all, but I suppose that right now my favorite is ‘Briar Rose’, her re-telling of Sleeping Beauty within . . . → Read More: Zina Lee on Jane Yolen

Some music for a late summer afternoon

Yes, I know that we have done an entire issue on Nordic music which gives you a smorgasbord of listening possibilities, but these two recordings, both of which have a Nordic element to them, are well-worth your listening time. And who doesn’t enjoy learning about new music of interest? Certainly not you or I!

. . . → Read More: Some music for a late summer afternoon

Words: Short Fiction Considered

Four looks at short stories this outing; two are author collections and two are anthologies. None grabbed my interest, but maybe something will capture yours!

We lead off with Deathbird, a collection of stories by one of the Grumpy Old Men of New Wave SF, a man who elevated being testy to an art form. . . . → Read More: Words: Short Fiction Considered