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January 7th, 2009

Where there be dragons...

Congrats to wendyb_09 for winning the Robin Hood gift set! Email me at marjoriemliu@gowebway.com, and I'll get that out to you.

There was an article in the NY Times the other day, called I Wish I Could Read Like a Girl. I have several small problems with the piece (the title being one of them -- and not out of a sense of political correctness), but she does make some interesting statements, like this:

"I miss the days when I felt that way, curled up in a corner and able to get lost in pretty much any plot. I loved stories indiscriminately, because each revealed the world in a way I had never considered before. The effect was so profound that I can still remember vividly the experiences of reading “Little Women”...[a]nd a thousand others. After each, I would emerge a changed person."

I'm sure there are boys who find themselves just as easily immersed in books -- but that's a pretty excellent summary of how I feel about reading: the delight and mystery; a peculiar reincarnation for the mind, where you remain you, but live again and again, in different lives and adventures.

So, here we have another drawing, my friends -- a small sampling of books, new and old, that have taken me away; and that I hope do the same for you: FRECKLES by Gene Stratton Porter, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare, INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati, INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES by Jennifer Lee Carrell, THE MAGICIANS AND MRS. QUENT by Galen Beckett, and FORESTS OF THE HEART by Charles de Lint.

Share the books you love, or just leave your name to be entered in the drawing. I'll pick the name from the hat on Friday.

PS: I forgot to mention that NYX #5 is on sale today!

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