May 17th, 2009

wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

oh give me a Holmes.....

Currently, thanks to the kindness of the LJ-less Lipchick, I'm reading the first volume of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. I intend to read all three volumes, which are edited and annotated by Leslie S. Klinger, and include every single Holmes short story and novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'd read very little of the original Holmes stories before, and -- after recently reading The Language of Bees, the latest of Laurie R. King's Holmes/Mary Russell books -- realized that I really should read the fershlugginer things. So, since the Lipchick had this gigunda three-volume annotated set, I asked to borrow them.

And I'm glad I'm doing so, as this is some great stuff.

Some of the annotations are unintentionally hilarious, however. While a lot of them are simply explaining contemporary references -- which is quite useful for a reader who exists in a world 100 years away from Holmes and Watson's -- the ones that try to explain the numerous inconsistencies are absurd. People have spent a ridiculous amount of energy contorting themselves to try to explain away stuff that basically boils down to the fact that Conan Doyle was lazy with his technical details and wasn't copy-edited. Watson's first name, the time of his marriage, the years the stories take place in relative to each other, hell even the internal dating of the stories -- none of it is consistent, and it's obvious that it's because Conan Doyle either didn't care or didn't pay enough attention or simply was one of those writers who wasn't good with details (ironic, given his protagonist). Plus, he had the misfortune to write in a pre-Internet age. *laughs*

In any case, I can strongly recommend these books (as I do on the upcoming Chronic Rift podcast, as it happens). These are the stories that pretty much set the tone for the entire mystery genre.
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Schott's Miscellany 16 May 2009

Edgar Allan Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm (1836)


Wear on the heel,
Spend a good deal;
Wear on the toe,
Spend as you go;
Wear on the side,
You'll be a rich man's bride.

Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one.
Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)
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I can't believe I forgot to post this. The Children's Room at the New York Public Library (Room 84 in the big building with the lions) is the more-or-less permanent host of the original stuffed animals that were the inspiration for A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" stories. Formerly at the Donnell Library until that edifice closed down last year, the Donnell's collection is now in the main research library, including the Pooh toys.

I was there a couple of weeks ago, and I took a picture.

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another Quality of Leadership review

brendan_moody writes an excellent in-depth review of Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership on his LJ.

Money quote:
I've never been sure that I like the idea of Doctor Who anthologies having specific themes. It seems to me that, given the range of the concept, an overall conceit can be an unnecessary limit. However, when such a conceit is properly used, it makes the collection feel like more than the sum of its component stories. The Quality of Leadership aptly demonstrates the many forms a leader can take, but its biggest success is in assembling a dozen stories that demonstrate the many forms Doctor Who storytelling can take.
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gone and back

my Sunday feeling....

Been moving and writing today. terri_osborne's bed is set up, and she just has to dress it. My bookcases and books are all moved into my room (I hasten to add that this isn't all my books and bookcases, just three of them -- six more are staying in the library, and three more are in the living room), and space has been cleared for my futon. Terri still has to move her stuff out of the closet in my room (which may not get done until next weekend, but that's okay), and tonight I have to move my desk stuff off of her desk onto my desk and put the futon in my new room.

Meantime, I'm on page 8 of Farscape: Gone and Back #2. I hope to get to page 11 at least before I dive back into moving....
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Potato(e) Moon continues....

Last night I got the call from Peter David to do my contribution to the ongoing serial Twilight parody Potato Moon, and so I done went and writed it. Apparently, I'm the fastest of the 29 contributors thus far, having turned it around in two hours and three minutes.

If you haven't been following Potato Moon, you owe it to yourself to do so. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss all conception of good writing goodbye.....

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Keep at eye on for future installments.....
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