Though it sounds the same, this is not Harry Potter (which I adore, by the way). This is a strange beast of a novel, with a dark yet funny tone, and an unexpected reverence for fantasy literature of the past, for the idea of worlds built from the imagination, like Narnia.
Regular old nihilistic New York teenager Quentin is invited to take a test that will allow him to attend a school for magicians, and not the parlor trick kind. This sets him on a three book journey about the nature of imagination, self-respect, humility, and humanity that will continue to surprise you throughout.
If you like The Magicians, you will love the two sequels. If you end up not caring for The Magicians, I wouldn't bother with the other two because they follow a similar path.
The books are sharp, funny, strangely poignant, and stay up late engrossing.read more
PORTSMOUTH, NH—April 19,2014 In an effort to connect local children’s book authors with local illustrators, Piscataqua Press has begun a public list of artists interested in working in the children’s book field. The list, which now includes more than fifteen artists, can be found on their website at www.piscataquapress.com and includes contact information and work samples.
I'm apparently not the world's best multi-tasker, but it seems impossible to get 30 uninterrupted minutes to focus on one thing. The phone rings, the child interrupts, there is Facebook, and Twitter, and text messages. Sustained narrative reading is an important function of our brain, and one I fear we are losing.
I read a study that showed that when we surf the web, we use a different part of our brain than we use for reading a long passage of a printed book. I suppose that makes sense, the two functions are very different, and it's not that one is worse than the other. It's just that I fear we will lose our ability to pay attention to one thing for long periods of time.read more
These are the kind of days Portsmouth was made for. Bright, breezy, and beautiful.
The Herald reports this morning that there are enough restaurant seats in Portsmouth for every resident to eat out at the same time.
I'd like to add that there are enough books in RiverRun for every Portsmouth resident to buy one on the same day.
How about today? Today seems good.
See you soon,
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