Monthly Archives: January 2015

First Lines: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

Included in the second Humble eBook Bundle, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories is a damn fine collection of stories by Holly Black. I knew that Black had co-written the Spiderwick Chronicles series–and the movie they made out of that was enjoyable enough. Black can turn out a fine tale. There’s vampires, faeries, werewolves, enchanted… Read more »

Cat Leaves Bag

LinkedIn mails me all the time. Mostly, it’s recruiters. This time, it was one of the founders of Blendle, “a digital kiosk selling individual articles from newspapers and magazines to internet users”. One of his developers noticed my profile, and he was told he should mail me, like, now. If I’d be interested in coming… Read more »

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First Lines: Lof der Zotheid

One of the ideas behind my 40 books before 40 project was for me to challenge myself. To read something outside of my comfort zone. With Desiderius Erasmus’ Morias Enkomion, id est Stultitiae laus, commonly translated as In Praise of Folly or Lof der Zotheid in Dutch, I hit that squarely on the head. Written… Read more »