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Happy early birthday wishes to lexie_marie, jalara, theladyrose, and elvenjoy. May each of you enjoy a fantastic day and a wonderful year to come!

I'm writing on my next essay project at the moment, but I do have several tidbits to share...

* From The Telegraph: "Scotland Yard Fights to Keep Jack the Ripper Files Secret." (Thanks to marthawells.) (Speaking of Jack the Ripper, I'm currently reading the Sherlock Holmes-meets-the-Ripper pastiche The Whitechapel Horrors by Edward B. Hanna and quite enjoying it.)

* Chuck has been renewed! "Chuck Co-Creator Chris Fedak on the Final Season Renewal."

* The second series of Garrow's Law is finally coming to the US! I'm really looking forward to it. The first series was excellent.

* For those of you in/around the Charlotte, NC area...
-- The 2011 Can't Stop the Serenity event has been set for the afternoon/early evening of Sunday, September 18 at the UNCC Student Union Ball Room. I'll post more information as it's available.
-- A meet-up for fans of the BBC's Sherlock is in the works for ConCarolinas next month. For more information, see this post.

* Last but not least, I've received my contributor's copies of Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series (due out at the beginning of June), and I'm really thrilled at how beautiful the book is. The inside illustrations are breathtaking; for my essay ("Reimagining 'Magic City': How the Casts Mythologize Tulsa"), for example, there is a full two-page illustration of the Tulsa skyline with the face of Nyx watching over the city. Quite stunning. Hats off to illustrator Alan Torrance.

Cover for Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series (2011)

"My grandmother always used to say, 'Play your cards close to the vest. And wear a coat over the vest, or you'll look like a jerk.'"
- Volkoff, "Chuck vs.the Family Volkoff," Chuck


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May. 17th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wait. The Ripper files are being withheld to protect informants? Aren't they all deceased by now? Surely the Ripper is as well. That just doesn't make much sense at all!
May. 17th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who found that curious! It all sounds rather strange, doesn't it?
May. 17th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Clearly they have immortal and/or undead informants, and are just trying to protect them!
May. 17th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
It's worrisome, how much that makes a certain sense, actually...

Here's something of a follow-up: "No Ripper cover-up, researcher says."

Here's a quote from it: "According to the Daily Mail, Scotland Yard is fighting the release of the documents as it would hinder the recruiting and gathering of information from modern day informants, affecting terrorism investigations and could even lead to the informants' relatives being attacked.

"Dr Crawford and many others find that defence hard to believe."

Um, yeah.
May. 18th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Or maybe they just don't want it to be known how thoroughly and utterly lame the contents of said files really are.
May. 17th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Amy!

With an apparent interest in YA vampire fiction, I've been drawn to the House of Night books, but haven't purchased them yet...
May. 18th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a great one! *hugs*

If you do read the series, I'd be interested to know what you think. I'm especially fond of the way the novels use my hometown and the way they incorporate Cherokee mythology/culture.
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