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I have more cool links to share! I've enjoyed these, and I thought you might, too...

* From Den of Geek: "Looking back on The Baker Street Boys." "Nostalgia ahoy! With Sherlock Holmes more popular than ever, Alex looks back at eighties children's drama, The Baker Street Boys..."

* From Observation Deck: "Age Appropriate: What's Wrong with YA?" "So why all of the animosity toward or disinterest in YA SFF? That’s what’s really difficult for me to comprehend, especially when I’m discussing it with people who, in almost every other media, fully embrace things that are marketed to younger people." (Thanks to wellinghall!)

* From io9: "Science Fiction and Fantasy Are Now Officially Part of 'American Literature.'" "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's famous 'Best American' series, which features annual anthologies of the best fiction, essays, and more, is starting up a 'Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy' series in 2015, presided over by award-winning editor John Joseph Adams." (Thanks to wellinghall!)

* From Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque: "H(arry) P(otter) Lovecraft." "What if 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named' was so called not just because it was dreaded to speak his name, but also because he hailed from the Nameless City located somewhere on the Arabian peninsula? Forget all the nonsense about Tom Riddle; that's just a red herring." (Thanks to sittingduck1313!)

* From London Review of Books: "Ghosts of the Tsunami." "I met a priest in the north of Japan who exorcised the spirits of people who had drowned in the tsunami. The ghosts did not appear in large numbers until later in the year, but Reverend Kaneda’s first case of possession came to him after less than a fortnight. He was chief priest at a Zen temple in the inland town of Kurihara. The earthquake on 11 March 2011 was the most violent that he, or anyone he knew, had ever experienced." (Thanks to quietselkie!)

coffee and book

"Thus fortified I might take my rest in peace. But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths."
- Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


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Feb. 22nd, 2014 06:57 am (UTC)
Found the Tsunami review hard to read... such gullibility. I think the lone comment at the end was more on target.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 07:27 am (UTC)
You are very welcome :-)
Feb. 22nd, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
I really dislike books that pull punches too, but YA is no more guilty of this than the adult genre...
Feb. 23rd, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Finally read the YA article today. I do "get" all of the points made, and I agree one should read what one wants to read, but I still personally have generally negative feelings about the popularity of YA fiction among (mostly-female?) adults, as you know. I found the comments interesting. One was a new idea (to me): the poster disliked that YA books are labeled and marketed as a category - similar to the inane "chick lit" label/category; never thought of it that way, but I see the point.
Feb. 26th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
The Lovecraft article makes too much sense. I always suspected Snape of getting his house Miskatonic scholarships en masse!
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