Archive - 2007
Donaldson returns to “The Land” for the third series of novels based there. We are re-introduced to Linden Avery years after she first encountered Thomas Covenant and was forever changed by the experience. We journey once more to the familiar fantasy world where everything is again under threat.
I was first introduced to Donaldson when I saw the first and second series of Thomas Covenant novels at the public library and read them in high school. I read the two Mordant's Need books while at Lipscomb. I remember that I read them during the beginning of one of the fall semesters and didn't do much except go to class and read those books until they were finished. I came across the Gap series at a used book store and read them during grad school. I think I re-read at least some of the First and Second Chronicles at some point, too. I really enjoyed all of the above, making Donaldson one of my favorite authors, at least during those times in my life. Several months back I came across an advanced readers copy of the second book in the Last Chronicles series (Fatal Revenant) on bookmooch. I mooched it and then found a used copy of the first book (The Runes of the Earth) on Amazon (what's the point of having an advanced readers copy if you don't read it in advance, right?). A few months later I finally got around to starting The Runes... and finally finished it last night. The release date of Fatal Revenant has come and gone, so I won't be reading it early after all.
It's been a really, really long time since I read a Thomas Covenant book. It took me about 150 pages or so of The Runes... before I really got back into it again, but then I started enjoying it again. For my current tastes, Donaldson's books are perhaps a bit plodding and melodramatic (and fantasy/adventure isn't necessarily my genre these days), but this was an enjoyable read...and I'm starting Fatal Revenant right away.
Finn recently graduated from a car seat to a booster seat. He was quite excited about this event, especially since he no longer has to wait for someone else to let him out of his seat. He often forgets about this freedom and has to be reminded, though.
Here is a photo of him in his booster and some photos and video of him in his Taekwon Do class:
Thu Nov 29
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Tue Nov 27
If you're at Disney next summer and notice fake snow falling...beware, it may be something else. From The Week's "It must be true...I read it in the tabloids" column:
Disneyland is facing an epidemic of people scattering family members’ ashes on their favorite rides. The latest incident occurred last week, when a woman was caught sprinkling a powdery substance into the water at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Last month, several piles of ashes were found along the tracks at the Haunted Mansion ride. Disney officials say they haven’t confirmed finding any human remains, but insiders say that ash-scattering is now so common that custodians have been issued special vacuums to remove suspicious piles.
Also from The Week:
A New York man whose license plate reads “Get Osama” had the plate recalled by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, on the grounds that it may offend someone. Arno Herwerth, a retired New York City cop, received the plates two weeks ago, but officials notified him he had to send them back because they violated a ban on plates that are “derogatory to a particular ethnic or other group.” Herwerth said the only group he could imagine being offended were members of al Qaida. “This is unbelievable,” he said.
Sat Nov 24
Jonathan is glad that the Vols survived.
Fri Nov 23
Jonathan is adjusting the final score to 47 to 21.
Jonathan is watching Midland lose 41 to 21.
Jonathan is at Ford Field in Detroit...1Q...Midland 14 Detroit 0.
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