Sep 102014
 
Diving Into the Young Adult Pool

When choosing books my son’s inclination is to gravitate toward books for younger readers. This is only natural seeing as how he enjoys the company of – and is very popular with – younger kids. As parents, Merran and I are of course happy to encourage his continued youthful outlook since no parent we know [Read more…]

Jul 252014
 
Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

The editor and writer Ben Bova once defined the difference between fantasy and science fiction this way, “Fantasy has trees, science fiction has rivets.” That’s a broad oversimplification but an essentially workable line in the sand to use as a definition. I point this out because as Merran and I went through NPR’s list she [Read more…]

Jul 102014
 
The Mystery of Fred and Ginger

It’s no secret that I have a fondness for old movies. It doesn’t matter what genre: action, mystery, comedy, romance, sweeping historical epics, musicals, you name it, I’m up for watching. Now, as I introduce our kids to various media I’ve brought out examples of some of these old films. Casablanca was an easy choice [Read more…]

Jul 052014
 
How We Found Bone

My kids continue to thwart my efforts to make them like the stuff that I like. Not to say I don’t like the stuff that they’ve come to enjoy, they just refuse to be little clones of me. For example, at their age I completely obsessed over Star Wars, and even though they have friends [Read more…]