Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ocean of Flames

When I started this blog, I tried working on a fiction-writer's exercise, creating characters who would speak in each entry. It didn't go so well for me, and I am really not much of a fiction writer anyway. I have seen some bloggers, though, who post their fiction in blog entries, and I always enjoy stopping in to read a story in progress.

I recently came across Ocean of Flames, an ongoing fantasy piece that is fun to read. It is a relatively new blog, and so it's easy to get caught up reading the installments now. They show a lot of promise, and I am looking forward to seeing the story continue to unfold!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Wouldn't You Know It...

After reading about this quiz at Madame Blogalot's, I took it too, hoping to find out which book I am.

Wouldn't you know it... here's the answer I got

You're The Fellowship of the Ring!

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Facing great adversity, you have decided that your only choice is to
unite with your friends and neighbors. You have been subject to a ton of squabbling and
ultimately decided that someone humble is your best candidate for a dangerous mission.
You're quite good with languages and convinced that not all who wander are lost. If you
see anyone in black robes on horseback, just run. That's just common sense.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Love the book, so I don't mind at all!

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

So This is What it Feels Like to be Dead

I just received an email informing me that I am dead.

Apparently Mr. Thomas Morris, my supposed next of kin (whom I have never met nor heard of), has told a bank somewhere in a continent I've never been to (but have at least heard of) that I am dead, and so he stands in line to inherit the $20 million (give or take a few hundred thousand) that I would have otherwise inherited... you know, had I not been dead.

I think that the death of fiction might be nearer than we thought after all. I mean, with scams and spam like that, who really needs fiction anyway?

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Invitation to Read Along

I've recently received an invitation from my 15-year-old nephew to do something fun. He let me know that his sophomore year, he will read a book called The Crystal Cave, and he invited me to read it along with him.

As we were talking about this, we also somehow got onto the topic of I Am Legend, and decided we will read it together this summer. I am looking forward to reading both books, partly because they sound good, but mostly because I'll be reading them with my nephew.

And there's really nothing better than reading and discussing the book with someone you love — especially when s/he has as good a mind as my nephew's!

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Monday, June 02, 2008

The Genre Mall

Where do you buy your science fiction and sci-fi poetry? I've been shopping a lot at the Genre Mall, and have found some really great stuff there. I especially love the wide array of poetry you can find on the site.

For a list of my top five things you'll find there, see my hifidel blog

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

A Good Review of Beowulf

Want to read a good review of the film Beowulf? I just found one here.

If you are expecting the "real" Beowulf onscreen, give the film a miss. I won't rehash all the reasons why, because that post does it so well.

That said, I can add that the poem is not to be missed!

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