Book Review: The Qwikpick Adventure Society

January 29, 2010

(Reposted from my previous blog. Originally posted on March 5, 2008)

I don’t remember how I first wandered across the blog of Sam Riddleburger, but it was shortly after I started this blog, and I’ve enjoyed reading it tremendously. Enough so that I really wanted to read his book, The Qwikpick Adventure Society. He’s discussed various aspects of children’s literature, from John Christopher (author of the Tripods trilogy) week to the political orientation of Dr. Seuss’ widow, the name of one of the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are to the travesty that was Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” (I suspect that no one in the studio had read any of the Prydain Chronicles … and don’t get me started on what they did to A Wrinkle In Time).

I had my sons for their school break over the last week of February, and I had determined that my 9-year-old son was finally going to read a book. He’s well into the “reluctant reader” category, and his mother doesn’t really get involved. She reads to him, but doesn’t push him to read on his own. I’ve struck out with The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many other books that I thought would be big hits. However, I decided that Qwikpick was too promising to pass up. Read the rest of this entry »


“Stand” by Rascall Flatts

January 29, 2010

Dedicated to my blog-friend Rogue Angel and her daughter.

She knows why.

The video is only okay in my opinion, but the song is amazing.

This is why we love Cap

January 26, 2010

I had no intention of making my first real post about a comic.

However, I just read Siege #1 and couldn’t help but remark on the last panel.

At risk of spoiling too much … Norman Osborn and his evil Avengers are invading Asgard (which is now hovering in Oklahoma). Thor arrived to intervene, and was taken out by a massive team of Osborn’s most powerful agents. Captain America was watching it happen on CNN, and this is what we see when the announcement comes that Thor is down:

Looking at that picture, you almost feel bad for Norman. Yes, Cap has nothing like Thor’s level of power. To tell the truth, though, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that glare! The Star-Spangled Avenger means business.

I’ve been out of the comics scene for several years — since shortly after the Kree-Shi’ar War, in fact. I’ve been looking for a jumping-on point for some time, having heard of various major plotlines. The return of Cap and the Siege story is that opportunity. My eldest son and I are exploring it together.

This should be fun.

Does the world need another blog?

January 25, 2010

Of course not. No doubt, there are about ten gazillion blogs being created today by people who think that you really need to know what they (or, since I’m doing it, we) have to say.

However, I need one.

I have had another blog for some time, using a pseudonym, and commenting on all kinds of topics. It has become a place for very heated and divisive conversation. I’m not linking to it because I’m making a break. While I might continue the life of that pseudonym, that’s not the way I want to live.

Rather, here I am. Ken. That’s my real name. You don’t get my last name or the names of the rest of my family, but there you are.

I don’t plan to be particularly controversial in this blog. It’s about reading, mostly. I’ll wander, especially to talk about issues of school bullying, but mostly it’s about reading.

It will be about what I’m reading, what my kids are reading, hopefully what you’re reading, and in the near future at least some of what I’m writing. Please, be gentle.

So, there it is. Here I am. The world doesn’t need another blog, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I sort of need to have one. Thanks for stopping by.