Archive for August, 2010



Long post today. Mockingjay is the third book in Suzanne Collins wildly popular Hunger Games series, and it came out two days ago, so I’ve had the chance to read it carefully and to think about it and process it a little, but not to do my usual second read . . . and I’m […]

Before I start I must make a confession. Yesterday Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay came out, and instead of writing this post after work last night I spent the evening compulsively reading the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The difference between the two books could not be more stark. Truth be told, I think I like […]

OK, I wish I could say I’m refreshed after 2 weeks of a restful vacation, but really I’m just jet lagged. I did spend a wonderful 2 weeks in Israel with Jan, my mom, my brother, sister-in-law and nieces, and of all the great stuff, I think the company was the best part. Yes, there […]

OK, let’s start at the beginning: the king summons Johannes, his faithful servant and asks him to watch out for his son; he asks him to be a “foster father” in fact. I take this seriously. I think that in the story Johannes really has the role of father, and the young king is his […]

I’ve had precious little time the past few weeks and I’ll be out of internet contact the next two as well, but there is a lot to talk about. I should talk about Nancy Farmer’s Sea of Trolls series and I want to talk about the Grimm version of Faithful Johannes, aka Trusty John. Since […]