OK, more a single interesting fact about a single author. Poul Anderson who wrote classic fantasy and scifi titles from the 50's and 60's including Three Hearts, Three Lions and The Broken Sword was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms which is pretty much a permanent, more fleshed-out Renassaince Faire. Tad and I (hah! he said I could use his name) joined it to enjoy it (and spend hours researching something we love) with some friends last year but now we have parted and it isn't as much fun. We are 9th century nobles from China and Japan, respectively. That's why I want to sew my Heian costume for Halloween and he has a facsimile of a T'ang scholars outfit. Created by yours truely! I have some Poul Anderson books and to give you an example of SCA just read Three Hearts, Three Lions. In the end it is an idealized dreamworld of an earlier period of knights and courtesy and plagues. Ok, not the plagues so much.
On the book front I am working through Out of the Silent Planet another scifi by an unexpected author, C.S. Lewis. In his attempt in 'Catholicism throughout reading' he has broken free from Narnia and explored into the depths of space. I'm only halfway through it because I made an apple pie yesterday. But no icecream. I also took out an illustrated version of Animal Farm, sure I know the plot but I have never actually finished the book. The illustrations turn this from a story into a macabre children's book. Just think about it for a minute and tell me it doesn't disturb you. I bet it does.
I actually forgot Silent Planet today and I'm stuck in the library for another few hours until I finish helping a friend with his math so instead I will grab yet another book to begin. I was looking for Hermann Hesse (he wrote Demian and The Glass-Bead Game) but the library carries neither of these. Also 1984, Catch-22 and at least one other book I looked for are all checked out until next year! Actually, I own an audio version of 1984 and read at least half of Catch-22 before I had to return it last time. Still, not complete!
It looks like I might be starting The Invention of Morel but who knows if it's actually on the shelf. Stupid people reading books. That's my job!
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