Archive for January, 2010


Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn & Ravens

January 19, 2010

Who knew that Peter S. Beagle’s first novel, A Fine and Private Place had much to do with ravens? Well, I didn’t at least, and so I’ll have to busy myself reading it (a story Beagle penned at  age 19 no less) now that I’ve managed to track down a copy of his fantasy collection, The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle, which also features one of my favorite childhood tales, The Last Unicorn. In addition, the collection also features the short stories Come, Lady Death and Lila, The Werewolf, both of which sound great.

But all of these will have to wait until I can tear through The Last Unicorn, as well as his 2005 novelette, Two Hearts, where Beagle once again returns to the world of the Last Unicorn as well as one or two of its principle characters. Also of interest to fans, IDW will be adapting TLU in comic form beginning this April, so keep an eye out for that in the months to come.


“Snow Days!”

January 7, 2010

Or, sorry Mr. Gore, I ain’t buyin’ it. ; )

North Texas has enjoyed several snow days this winter, with our first “White Christmas” in over 2 decades, and I woke up this morning with the surprise news that the University was closed for the day due to the ice and treacherous conditions on the road (one freeway was closed with cars waiting over 2 hours to move). That will halt my enjoyment of Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris for a few days as the weekend approaches, but I look forward to firing it up again Monday morning as I’m really enjoying it, about 6-chapters in!

For today then? I spent a good 2-3 hours this morning leveling up my characters and moving forward in Persona 3:FES (PS2; a game that I love but that I’ve had to put on hold for months now), I’ve got a date with my wife to enjoy my snow day off to the fullest, and hopefully I’ll spend more than a few hours with the game again this evening (as I’ve got the day off tomorrow as it is and don’t need to hit the hay early). Sounds like a pretty good way to spend some time indoors today if I do say so myself. After all the hub-bub this winter, we can sure use the down time!