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I have lots of links and news to share today!

* I've chosen my text assignments for the Fall 2013 semester. For my online graduate course "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination" for the Mythgard Institute, here is the list.


The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Edited and with an Introduction by Matthew Pearl
Modern Library, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0679643425
NOTE: This edition is required. The appendix will be an assigned reading.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Edited by Steve Farmer
Broadview Press, 1999, ISBN-13: 978-1551112435
NOTE: This edition is strongly recommended.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 and 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle
Edited by Kyle Freeman
Barnes and Noble Classics, 2003
ISBN-13: 9781593080341 (Volume 1) and ISBN-13: 9781593080402 (Volume 2)

Sherlock: Season One (2010) DVD
BBC Home Entertainment
ASIN: B004132HZS


For my undergraduate/graduate cross-listed course "U.S. Exceptionalism: The American and the Frontier" for the Lenoir-Rhyne University, here is the list.


Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional?
Richard W. Etulain, editor
Bedford/St. Martin's (1999)
ISBN 0312183097

A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony
by Charles Siringo
Penguin Books, reissue edition (1998)
ISBN 0140437517

The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
HarperCollins, reissue edition (1997)
ISBN 0380973839
NOTE: Extremely important to get this version.

The Time It Never Rained
by Elmer Kelton
Forge Books (2008)
ISBN 0765360586

Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye
Berkley Trade (2013)
ISBN 0425261255


* A news story very much worth a listen/read: "Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl." "This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families. When producer Tim Howard first read about this case, it struck him as a sad but seemingly straightforward custody dispute. But, as he started talking to lawyers and historians and the families involved in the case, it became clear that it was much more than that. Because Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl challenges parts of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, this case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes." Read/hear more here. (Thanks to agentxpndble.)

* The Force is strong with the Navajo! "Translated Into Navajo, 'Star Wars' Will Be". (Thanks to agentxpndble.)

* Speaking of Star Wars, Luke Burrage of The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast has made his own edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Here's the tagline: "No illogical dialogue. No annoying voices. No racist accents. All the best visuals. All the best music. An all new script.” Check out Star Wars, Episode I: The Silent Menace.

* On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release its sixteenth studio album, Monsters of Legend. This "tribute to the golden age of horror" will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films - that you've entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas. Check out more information here.

Monsters of Legend cover for the Midnight Syndicate album


* A national conference on Whedonesque scholarship, Joss in June, is coming up on June 28. I'll be presenting a paper on Firefly/Serenity, and I hope to see some of you there!

* More than half of the tickets for SofaCON: An Online International Science Fiction Convention have sold. Be sure to get your tickets now before they're gone!

I hope you have a terrific day, my friends.


“I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Comments

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mosinging1986
Jun. 23rd, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I was only able to stomach 3 minutes of the story about the little girl.

Good grief, what a horrifically racist situation! What does race have to do with the welfare of a child? Her biological (and unmarried) parents didn't want her and signed over their legal rights. A loving married couple takes her, treats her like their own and wants to legally adopt her.

That should've been the end of the story. If the biological parents wish to see her that seems fair enough if everyone agrees. But all this other stuff... I sat there stunned and couldn't even finish it, it made me so angry.

And as usual, it's the innocent kids who suffer the most, due directly to the selfishness and bad choices of the supposedly mature, responsible adults who charged with their care.
lizziebelle
Jun. 23rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
That was my favorite line from the book, too! (About myths) I just finished reading it a little while ago. Such wonderful storytelling.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! Great minds think alike, right? ;)

Such wonderful storytelling.

I'm so glad you thought so, too. It lived up to expectations, and that's saying something, considering how high my hopes were.
jan_u_wine
Jun. 23rd, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
i became dizzy when i'd only read half the post. How DO you do all this, Amy? (the Sherlock is SO very tempting, aiya)
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're so kind - apparently I do it by falling far behind in my replies and emails. ::headdesk:: D'Oh! That said, I'm most grateful for your supportive words.

And I'm thrilled to hear that the Sherlock course sounds interesting to you. Yay! Thank you.
jan_u_wine
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
lol! i'm glad you answered this....because i had entirely forgot to go back and check it out further!
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

Actually, I'll be posting shortly that the full course page is now available here and registration's open. Please let me know if you have any questions!
jan_u_wine
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
i will leave the link open and read it sometime today. hope i can join!
methylviolet10b
Jun. 23rd, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
Speaking of the American frontier (and fantasy): if you haven't read The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede already, I think you'd enjoy it a lot. (And why isn't more fantasy/AU set in the American frontier?)
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re:
Oh, thank you! *makes note* Sounds wonderful!

(And why isn't more fantasy/AU set in the American frontier?)

That's a great question! The most recent series I can think of that's in this general category is Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series (which, like everything by LMB, I enjoyed). I'm guessing a lot of authors are intimidated about handling the Native American side of the equation (although it's been done and, in some cases, done well). My favorite AU colonial American story, in fact, is by a Cherokee author: "The Undiscovered" by William Sanders. (So, SO good!)

I'll check out Wrede - thanks!
penfold_x
Jul. 6th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... love Midnight Syndicate. Thanks for the tip!
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Glad to share the love. :)
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