Saturday, November 27, 2010

beauty of chess

I recently went to the Harry Potter exhibit, filled with sets, costumes and prop designs. It wasn't bad, but having attended both Lord of the Rings exhibits at Casa Loma and then the ROM, it had a lot to live up to.

At the end of the exhibit (like every place I've gone) the poor parents were led into one of the most decked out gift shops I've ever seen! The prices were astronomical, and considering the price of admission, I can only imagine the hole slowly burning through their wallets. The only item I would have been tempted to purchase would have been the Harry Potter chess set, I have been searching for an elegant set for years. Unfortunately I found the design rather tacky, and for the hefty price tag attached, I expected a heck of a lot more.

Wouldn't it be great if you could play with a set as beautiful as the Lewis Chessmen? To this day, I haven't seen its equal.

Next up: Tim Burton's exhibit.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Escape vs. Reality

As I sit along the subway, I'm often surprised how many people have turned to teen fiction. Unlike the typical Oprah book club cry-fest, young adult fiction offers a less tiresome investment of time, and the opportunity to escape the mundane realities of life.
It's also a good segue into fantasy and science fiction for the open minded individuals.

If you're like me, you've probably read most of the most popular picks. Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Narnia, Golden Compass, Artemis Fowl... pretty much everything that has, or will turn into a movie.

The difficulty is finding new fiction that doesn't replicate what you've read.

For the past few years I've scoured the "best lists" and to my frustration, the lists are all the same.

Rereading some classics... and new finds

Battle Royale - Takami Koushun
Shade's Children - Garth Nix
The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin

Still lust for YA Fiction?

Highly recommended by many (I have yet to read) The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Mysteries

Took a while to find it. The most recent Marple : The Pale Horse, starring Julia Mckenzie. Not originally a Marple mystery, it's not one of the strongest of her stories. Enjoy! It will be a long wait for any other new mysteries. Part one here