as with Stephen King, I don't love the genre and its trappings, but one has to give props to a master of the craft.
Famous author of fiction of the American hawk-like military machine perpetually engaged in wiping out the bad guys (Islamic terrorists, these days), is dead at 66. No word yet on the cause of death.
He would refer to the Muslim Brotherhood as the Mo-Bros. His sense of patriotic morality was that life's a bitch and the bitches have to die that oppose America.
He is probably most famous for coming up with the idea for a 9/11 style of attack in around 1996 and writing part of one of his books about it. Six years or so later somebody brought the plan to fruition...
I just finished reading everything he wrote this year and felt, while a good read at times, my time would have been more productively spent reading other things. He was a good writer though and could pull you in.
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Boy! How the history we learned in school differs from the actual history of our country.
A ruling elite in this country took over from a ruling elite in England. Those pictures of Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln and US Grant on our money should be considered mug shots, not pictures of honor.
When I think of the whitewash of Lincoln in the latest movie it makes me wonder about how much else we have been misled by. It is estimated that there were 30,000 political prisoners in this country during the administration of Lincoln. Yes, many of them were those who opposed his freeing of the slaves but many of them were also opposed to fighting in the civil war for the North and were taken in during the draft riots of that era. If you were rich enough you could buy your way out of military service for $300.
Previous to the civil war the incessant assault on the native Americans is just heartbreaking. Time after time treaties were broken and Indians were driven ever further West, always being promised that they would have their land that no white man would be able to take from them. Time after time this proved to be just one pack of lies after another. The Trail Of Tears trod from Tennessee to Oaklahoma with many Cherokees dying along the way is described with the vultures circling and the wolf packs prowling to pick off the weak and the dead. It is a horribly grizzly description.
The insatiable appetite of the Anglos (White people)to connect this country from East to West was just one atrocity followed by another. The war against Mexico for Texas and New Mexico was just one horrific description of modernized conflict after another. Though many of the soldiers in that war were induced to fight with offers of money and land many of it was taken from them upon their return to their homes by profiteers offering pennies on the dollar.
I'm only up to Teddy Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War at the turn of that century and finishing up the labor unrest that ran through the 1800s at the dawn of the industrial revolution. Time after time labor unrest ran amok and was not able to be brought under control by the local militias who often sided with their own people. Time after time Federal troops were brought in to crush local labor unrest. Countless times.
How is it we were never told that the sweat of the worker's brow in this country was often enough not a brute strength, but one that time and again wanted and agitated for decent wages and working conditions while the owners of the mills remained carelessly insulated in their rich splendor, comfortably separated from the suffering they had their management and foremen inflict mercilessly, even upon children?
As Zinn says in his foreword: (paraphrased) Those who won the battles wrote the history that you and I have come to accept as the truth.
I FINALLY finished reading "The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1" to my daughter at bedtime, so we've moved on to another book that I started but have yet to complete: "The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay." If you're not familiar with the novel, it's the fictionalized biography of Josef Kavalier and Sam Clayman, the creators of the '40s-era comic book superhero, The Escapist. It's actually a really good read, in spite of Chabon's tendency to use unnecessarily big words (this coming from someone with a pretty extensive vocabulary). And I really like how Chabon uses that olde-tyme superhero lingo in his writing; it gives the story an added air of danger and excitement, blending the reality of the story with the fantasy of the comic books.
marye, think X-Men meets the Chronicles of Narnia. You'll understand what I mean once you start reading the series.
I'll check it out!
It's interesting you mention the abundant use of Fairyland in young adult fiction, because I'd outlined an idea for a YA novel set in the exact same "location." Life has, of course, not provided ample time to flesh out such an idea, but I know I have those notes lying around somewhere. And speaking of magical creatures getting thrown at you left and right, have you read any of Piers Anthony's Xanth series? If you haven't, I certainly do recommend you give it a try. It was a minor obsession of mine in my teen years, but it became increasingly difficult to find book stores that carried the books.
This was all pre-internet, of course, and I fully intend to re-obsess over these books at some point in the near-ish future.
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But I cannot find words strong enough to recommend The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and its first (of a planned four) sequels, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, both by Catherynne M. Valente.
In one of my occupational threads (reviewing books for Common Sense Media, a media-review-for-parents site), I have had occasion to discover that the theme of kids spirited off to Fairyland is quite common in youth-targeted literature, with variations from the intriguing to the pretty dreadful. So I was not so enthused at the prospect of reading yet another.
Well, this pretty much blows the rest of the genre out of the water. The language is unabashedly lush and the story just grabs you and takes off before you know what hit you.
The story has to do with a 12-year-old girl in WWII Omaha whose father has gone to war, while her mother's working in an aircraft factory. One day a Green Wind riding on a leopard whisks her off to Fairyland, the first of many things you're well advised to just let unfold without trying to figure it out. Adventures ensue.
This is sort of like saying Terrapin Station is about a romantic rivalry. It is, But.
Like I say, YA fantasy isn't everyone's dish, let alone YA fantasy that throws unexplained strange beings at you like so many dodgeballs till your brain explodes and you just go with it. I mean, a herd of wild velocipedes?
But I've gotta say it's the best thing I've read in recent memory. Cannot wait for the next volume, due in October.