November 2006 Archive

book report:Dianna Wynne Jones; Dark Lord of Derkholm

29 November 2006, 2:58 pm
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The central premise of Dark Lord of Derkholm seems like such a natural hook on which to hang a comic fantasy that I’m surprised it hasn’t been done to death: there’s a big market for people who want to play at being a Frodo-style hero, triumphing over fearsome evil against long odds, so generic fantasylands […]

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two quick followups

28 November 2006, 8:39 pm
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the reluctant elevator
. . .made a feint toward outright rebellion this morning, stranding at least 2 parties before 10 o’clock this morning. Service technicians were quickly dispatched to break its will. I find myself surprisingly sympathetic to the elevator’s cause: goodness knows I’d be frustrated if all I could do all day was go up and down. […]

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book report: Delia Sherman; Changeling

20 November 2006, 10:35 am
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I enjoyed Delia Sherman’s young-adult fantasy Changeling quite a bit. It’s the story of Neef, who was kidnapped from the mortal world at birth to dwell in the fantastic “New York Between,” and raised as a sort of second-class citizen of Faerie. This is perhaps tired territory, but Sherman manages neat twists on some very […]

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the 3rd worst thing about my wonderful new job

19 November 2006, 1:11 pm
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. . .is the elevator situation in the building.
There are three elevators, and I get the feeling that they’d prefer to settle down and service a building full of clients that don’t go up and down so much — mushroom fields, say — rather than be burdened with a rapidly growing company dispersed across a wide range […]

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a good link

4 November 2006, 2:49 pm
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I’ve whined in the past about long, obscure link addresses, so I was delighted to see a best-in-breed URL for an article at Tufts Daily.
I prefer to use non-graphical email clients, so if you email me a link, I often see something kinda like this:

It’s a little hard to read in the screen capture, […]

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