First Steps into Narnia

One of things I enjoy most about being a father is sharing the stories that mean so much to me with my children because they come to mean even more when I’m able to pass them on.

We took our first steps as a family into the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew and are currently about a third of the way through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian in between of course).

the-magicians-nephew-book-cover

“In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street … “

It’s a dream fulfilled to enjoy these stories with them and hear them ask for one more page before bed.

Narnia and the North!

We began The Magician’s Nephew on March 9, 2015

 

The Boy’s King Arthur, Part II

Back cover of Boy's King Arthur

Another illustration from The Boy’s King Arthur, being Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1922).

Edited by Sidney Lanier and illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.

This one comes from the back cover (I think).

A reminder that you can view this painting in the canvas at Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné here.

You may not go, but at least you can think about it.

The Boy’s King Arthur, Part I

Front page

The Boy’s King Arthur, being Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1922).

Edited by Sidney Lanier and illustrated by N. C. Wyeth.

I remember seeing this book when I was younger; I can’t remember if I read it.

But the illustrations stuck out to me – so much so that I recognized them right away when I found them clicking through the internet the other day.

The picture above is from the title page, you can see much more of Mr. Wyeth’s work here.

Or see them for yourself at the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné here – which is amazing to me. I saw these paintings as a kid, but I could visit the originals now? Pretty fantastic!

A wonderful, awful idea – reading the Grinch

He's hating the Whos

He’s hating the Whos

We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the other night as a family and it was pretty sweet; I enjoyed the Christmas special on TV growing up but couldn’t recall if I had ever read the book.

Now I have, and it was fun to read the story from its original perspective.

Having watched the aforementioned TV special enough to be able to practically quote it verbatim, the book seemed remarkably short (which is weird since its animated counterpart is only half an hour long) – and the buildup to the heist didn’t seem as epic.

Still a good tale well told and one I was glad to read aloud.

Fall of Reach – Chapters 1-3 [/r/HBC]

Afterbang over on /r/Halo has started a Halo Book Club, and we’re currently going through The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. I have permission to post the trivia and discussion points afterbang comes up with, and it’s a good thing – my answers wouldn’t make sense without them!

The original /r/Halo post can be found here.

Please note I had to peek for most of the trivia answers.

Fall of Reach (Gold)

“Guys, can you reach my keys? I can’t move. Seriously.”

Trivia
1.) What is the name of the Continue reading →

Fall of Reach – Prologue [/r/HBC]

Afterbang over on /r/Halo has started a Halo Book Club, and we’re currently going through The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. I have permission to post the trivia and discussion points afterbang comes up with, and it’s a good thing – my answers wouldn’t make sense without them!

The original /r/Halo post can be found here.

Please note I had to peek for most of the trivia answers.

Fall of Reach cover (blue)

Epic stories require epic stances

Trivia
1.) What planet is Blue Team operating on? Jericho VII
2.) Did Blue-Three fill the Continue reading →

/r/Halo’s Book Club – a journey begins

As I mentioned in the last post /r/Halo has been a discovery for me, and one that I’m glad to have had.

One of the reasons for this is the book club they recently started, with The Fall of Reach being first on the list.

It’s always hard to find time to read, and having a schedule like this really helps me to plan ahead and carve out a space so I can keep up.

I’ve received permission from the mod who set this up – Afterbang – to post my answers to the questions he poses from each chapter here on Reactive Bias. That way you can follow along with me and I get to keep all my Halo thoughts in one place. Nice!

Feel free to join us over on /r/Halo or leave me your thoughts in the comments as I post each set of questions and my reactions. I’ve found AB’s questions help me look at the text in new ways, and I’m seeing things I didn’t notice before.

Halo Ann. Ring

The more you look the more there is

Good stuff, and reminds me of one of the strengths of the Halo Universe – the more you look, the more there is.

>>>>>>>>>[4712880.2160.144]

>>>>>>>[Post tenebras lux]

A Tale of Two Didacts

Halo Silentium cover

The Forerunner Trilogy ends with a bang with Halo Silentium, and I flew through it in little over a night.

I ended up staying up super late, with a headache for the next couple days from the intensity of trying to read words for hours while being exhausted.

Should I have taken a break and took my time? Yes.

Was it awesome to read that way, in one big imagination-filled chunk? Yes.