gasp. gasp. catching. up.
deborah at suberic.net
Wed Feb 12 17:50:45 EST 2003
Man! This weekend I had to switch to the digest and mass-delete all the
email coming into my inbox. Don't you people have *lives*? ;) But it
seems to be dying downs, so a few interjections:
- I loved both Ronia the Robber's Daughter and Charmed Life as a child.
I also loved some utter tripe, ranging from a wretched picture book
called "The Sweet Touch" as a tadpole, to Anne McCaffery and Piers
Anthony when I became an adolescent frog. I adored A Little Princess,
devoured everything by Noel Streatfield that could be purchased in
America, read everything I could find which was illustrated by Trina
Schart Hyman, and probably had many similarly silly reading habits
(for a long time, I would only read editions of John Bellairs which
had cover art by Edward Gorey. Why? Who knows?). Since I read
pretty much everything in the Swampscott public library children's
room fairly indiscriminately, it's hard to tell what I actually read.
Also, I have several English editions of assorted stories inherited
from my expatriate mother, and heaps of old ladybird books, with the
confusing -- remember, I'm American, and relatively young -- prices of
"2s6d", or some such.
- I liked Nicholas Stewart Gray, and eventually found a copy of
Grimbold' s Other World used on the Internet. I also loved the
unbelievably obscure children's writer Sally Watson, and eventually
found a copy of her book Jade on the Internet. The only other book
I've ever bought on the net is the unabridged two-volume 1976 edition
of the OED. But if anybody knows of copies of Skiver's Guide or
Changeover (dwj's, not mahy's, which I also loved as a child, but have
(autographed, and that's another dwj story, because I met Margaret
Mahy at a convention where dwj was supposed to be speaking, and she
wasn't because of one of her perennial health problems, and marker
Mahy and I commiserated, because we'd both been looking forward to
seeing her (and this is about to look like a LISP program, and your
geek level is about to be recognized by whether or not you get that
joke))), I would also by those over the Internet.
- I don't like Dickens. And I liked The Great Gatsby. So there.
- I'm with Helen on Huck Finn being misread as a racist book and not a
parody of stupid racist attitudes.
- On both The Giving Tree and Love you Forever: thppt! Paperbag
Princess is good, though.
deborah at suberic.net
Hither then, swiftly, for I'm cold, I'm cold.
-- _The Folk of the Air_
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