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Ray Bradbury – A Master

“Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.” Ray Bradbury.

I just found out we lost a master yesterday.  Reading Ray Bradbury was my introduction to dark fantasy and science fiction.  I still hold images in my head from stories I read decades ago.  He will be missed.

Here is a memorial post from Neil Gaiman and from io9.


Filed under Authors, Events, Ray Bradbury, Thoughts

Thanks for all your good work, Maurice

We lost one of our best “children’s” author/illustrators today.  He brought wildness and reality to all of us with his words and pictures.  He will be greatly missed.  Thanks, Maurice.


Filed under Authors, Childrens, DarkFantasy, Maurice Sendak, Special

New Authors Challenge

new4023982391_7a3d1b0979_o Jackie at Literary Escapism offers this wonderful challenge.  It runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.   There are several interesting new to me challenges out there but I am going to go with this one.  My decision rests on the facts that it doesn’t start until the new year and that I can cross link books to two others challenges I know I will be participating in.

The idea behind this is to find new authors that you’ve never tried before. They can be in your genre of choice or be brave and try something new. You never know what you’re going to like until you try it. If you’re looking for some suggestions, you can check out the Author page here at Literary Escapism or the 2009 Challenge page. With over 1000 reviews posted, I’m sure there will be something there for everyone.

I am very intrigued by the Women Unbound challenge but I don’t feel I can do both so I am going to make every effort to have my new authors be women writers and to include some nonfiction in my reading!  There are different levels for the New Authors Challenge, 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  I’m going to sign on for 25.  Why don’t you join me?


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The Writers Who Have Influenced Meme

A brilliant meme from Vasilly who got it from So Many Books.  Name 25 writers who have influenced you. water-liliesThese are not necessarily your favorite writers or those you most admire, but writers who have influenced you. Then you tag can tag 25 people with the meme.  I am not going to tag people but would love to see your list if you are so inclined.

This was extremely difficult for me.  I had to cull the poets and the nature writers and the essayists and still had to set a limit of those authors born before the middle of the twentieth century.  There are many that I had to cull from this list!  I surprised myself.  I guess I never realized  much I’ve taken in over my life time.  Or maybe I’m just easily influenced!

Author born in:

1564 William Shakespeare

1797 Mary Shelly

1809 Edgar Allen Poe

1812 Charles Dickens

1828 Leo Tolstoy

1832 Lewis Carroll

1838 Mark Twain

1847 Bram Stoker

1849 Sarah Orne Jewett

1873 Willa Cather

1882 Virginia Woolf

1901 Jorge Luis Borges

1901 Zora Neale Huston

1901 Katherine Mansfield

1901 JRR Tolkien

1909 Eudora Welty

1920 Ray Bradbury

1925 Flannery O’Conner

1926 Harper Lee

1927 Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1929 Ursula Le Guin

1930 Chinua Achebe

1938 Raymond Carver

1939 Margaret Atwood

1947 Salman Rushdie

Oh, gosh, I forgot Orwell and Steinbeck.  Can I cheat a little?  Did I mention science fiction?  Mysteries?


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