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Katie has now embarked upon reading the first of the Harry Potter books herself. She got the book from the library yesterday and is already up to chapter six.

Gretchen has suggested that I not tell her that we have all of the books in the library downstairs. (And two copies of book six, because I decided that neither of us needed to wait for the other to finish it that way. :) )
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Katie and Julie's team had their first scheduled softball game of the season today. Sadly, they lost 3-1, but they played hard and well.

In other news, I finished reading the third of the Karres novels to Katie before we left for FKO, so I had to find a new book to start on last night. Happily, I already had a book in mind that Katie proceeded to agree to, so we are now reading Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. :)
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I finished reading A Wrinkle In Time to Katie and Julie a few days ago. Having ascertained that there were more books in the series, I asked Gretchen if she had the next book. She concluded that she didn't.

So the entire series will be here in a lovely (and inexpensive) boxed set on Sunday. And chapter 1 of A Wind In the Door has been downloaded to my phone, so I can probably fake my way through it until then by splitting that chapter in two.

Apparently, the Internet is for shopping.
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I am now four chapters into reading A Wrinkle In Time to Katie and Julie, at the rate of one chapter per night.

Katie is finding this pace annoyingly slow. :)
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I'm not sure exactly why or how, but Gretchen fished out a book called Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George for my nightly reading to Katie and Julie. Tonight, after more than three weeks of reading a chapter a night, I announced that there were only two chapters remaining and that we'd finish on Sunday.

"No!" Katie exclaimed. "I don't want the story to end."

Happily, it turns out that there are two sequels, with a fourth book in the series to be released early next year.

The next book will be arriving on Sunday. :)

(Which makes me happy too. It's an engaging story.)
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I went down and continued the assault on the bookcases in the living room that [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise had been working on earlier in the day as she went through the two shelves of children's books. They were divided into piles to keep and piles to donate.

Nine boxes later, the bookshelves are still not empty. And we are rapidly running out of "small" boxes.

I would really like to avoid buying another bundle of small boxes. We'll see. I found one more empty in the basement, so that gives us three...

(I love my 1968 Britannica. And Gretchen's collection of the old Time/Life Science series. I really do. But, *sheesh*...)
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Last year, we read all of the Junie B. Jones books for Katie and Julie. I noticed that they had a "Stupid Smelly Bus Tour", but it was coming nowhere near Chicago, although it had been here in 2012. Recently, I got an e-mail that let me know that the tour was returning to the area, so I piled the girls in the car and we drove up to Vernon Hills, where we saw an entirely manic and quite funny half-hour show with Junie B. Jones and her stupid, smelly bus driver, Mr. Woo. (That is to say that the bus is stupid and smelly. Mr. Woo was quite nicely groomed and seemed intelligent enough, if a bit rattled by Junie. But then, who wouldn't be? :) )
Pictures inside... )

Space Cat

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Space Cat by Ruthven Todd was one of [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise's favorite books when she was a small child. It's about a cat, Flyball (who you may have heard of in "Library Song"), who comes along on the first trip to the Moon.

The original book was long since lost, but we've got a much more recent printing that Gretchen acquired a few years ago. I found it when cleaning up the office looking for the title. (You remember the missing title, don't you? Still missing...)

And thus over the last few days, I've read the book to Katie.

And Katie was absolutely charmed and delighted.
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Ok, so I've just finished reading all four books of Lois Bujold's The Sharing Knife series. And having done so, I've concluded that I wasn't actually reading a fantasy series. I was reading an SF series with fantasy trappings.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
No real spoilers, but just in case... )
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Ok, so I've just finished reading all four books of Lois Bujold's The Sharing Knife series. And having done so, I've concluded that I wasn't actually reading a fantasy series. I was reading an SF series with fantasy trappings.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
No real spoilers, but just in case... )
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If you click on this link, you'll find a report on an interview with J.K. Rowling where she goes into a bit more detail about what happens to everyone mentioned in the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

But you really shouldn't do it until you actually read the epilogue unless you enjoy spoilers. :)
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If you click on this link, you'll find a report on an interview with J.K. Rowling where she goes into a bit more detail about what happens to everyone mentioned in the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

But you really shouldn't do it until you actually read the epilogue unless you enjoy spoilers. :)
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[livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I have been kicking Deathly Hallows about now that she's finished it. In a completely spoiler-free fashion, I've arrived at an observation about Slytherin House, catalyzed by some additional discussion over in [livejournal.com profile] allisona's journal:

Gryffindor and Slytherin are both intended to produce leaders. It's just that they produce different kinds of leaders, both useful in the right circumstance. The leaders from Gryffindor are the boss that you love to work for, while the leaders from Slytherin are the boss that you hate to work for.

Sometimes you need Winston Churchill, but other times you need George Patton to get the job done.
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[livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I have been kicking Deathly Hallows about now that she's finished it. In a completely spoiler-free fashion, I've arrived at an observation about Slytherin House, catalyzed by some additional discussion over in [livejournal.com profile] allisona's journal:

Gryffindor and Slytherin are both intended to produce leaders. It's just that they produce different kinds of leaders, both useful in the right circumstance. The leaders from Gryffindor are the boss that you love to work for, while the leaders from Slytherin are the boss that you hate to work for.

Sometimes you need Winston Churchill, but other times you need George Patton to get the job done.

So

Jul. 21st, 2007 10:23 pm
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I'm done.

So

Jul. 21st, 2007 10:23 pm
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I'm done.
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I'm not sure if I've posted it before, but it's 7/7/7 today and book 7 of the Harry Potter series is due out shortly, so the occasion's reasonable.

There's a lot of folks who've theorized that a piece of Voldemort's soul is residing in Harry, Voldemort having inadvertantly created a horcrux in Harry when he murdered Harry's parents. And there's a lot to be said for that theory, I think.

Of course, unless the horcrux is destroyed, Voldemort can't be killed. So Harry Potter must die in book 7 if Voldemort is to be killed.

But no one said that Harry Potter had to stay dead.

Clinical death might well be enough to banish the bit of Voldemort's soul from Harry. And there are a number of candidates for the job of reviving Harry. Hermione, Ron, Snape...
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I'm not sure if I've posted it before, but it's 7/7/7 today and book 7 of the Harry Potter series is due out shortly, so the occasion's reasonable.

There's a lot of folks who've theorized that a piece of Voldemort's soul is residing in Harry, Voldemort having inadvertantly created a horcrux in Harry when he murdered Harry's parents. And there's a lot to be said for that theory, I think.

Of course, unless the horcrux is destroyed, Voldemort can't be killed. So Harry Potter must die in book 7 if Voldemort is to be killed.

But no one said that Harry Potter had to stay dead.

Clinical death might well be enough to banish the bit of Voldemort's soul from Harry. And there are a number of candidates for the job of reviving Harry. Hermione, Ron, Snape...

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