Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Six Degrees of Booking

Booking Through Thursday

This was suggested by Mary.

Connect any six books in your library to each other by any way you want. One book will remind you of another because the author's name is similar, a fictional character shows up in someone else's book, another author is talked about by characters in a book, maybe the same friend recommended both books, or whatever. Books from a series count as one entry in your list.

1. In Weiss & Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight lifelong friends, newly reunited, find themselves on a quest whose success or failure will determine the survival of their world - Krynn. The Companions, who include a kender, a knight, a dwarf, a half-elf, and a mage, always remind me of another group of travelers on a similar quest except this group is known as

2. The Fellowship of the Ring. In Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring there are hobbits, a knight, a dwarf, an elf and a wise, powerful, very old, bearded wizard called Gandalf the Grey. Another wise, powerful, very old, bearded wizard appears in

3. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone. Dumbledore is the head of Hogwarts, the school for wizards that Harry Potter attends. Harry isn't the only boy wizard destined for greatness who learns his craft at a school for wizards, but unlike Harry, who had no idea that he'd any magic ability until he was accepted into Hogwarts,

4. Ged had been taught simple magic skills and spells by his aunt before receiving any formal training in magic. Talented but impatient Ged chooses to continue his studies on Roke Island at the School (for sorcery) instead of staying with his mentor Ogion. In much the same way that Ged had originally left his village to follow Ogion in Ursula K. LeGuin's A Wizard of Earthsea, becoming Ogion's apprentice and developing his magical abilities,

5. Luke had left his home on Tatooine and learned how to "feel" the Force from the Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi whose presence is still felt, at least by Luke, in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, a novel which takes place five years after the movie Return of the Jedi. In the original Star Wars films, Obi Wan Kenobi was played by actor

6. Alec Guiness, author of My Name Escapes Me.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Seven on Sunday: Languages

from Patrick's Weekender

Not counting English, name seven languages you'd like to be able to speak fluently.

(in no particular order)

1. French
2. Portuguese
3. German
4. Gaelic
5. Welsh
6. Russian
7. Japanese
Booked by 3 for April: ABC

from Shelly's Book Shelf

Name 3 books you liked, titles which start with A, B, C (one per letter).
1. "The Annotated Alice," Lewis Carroll (author), Martin Gardner (editor), John Tenniel (illustrator)
2. "Black Beauty," Anna Sewell
3. "The Complete Film Production Handbook, Third Edition," Eve Light Hothaner

Name 3 authors you like whose names (given or surname) start with A, B, C (one per letter).
1. Isaac Asimov
2. Ray Bradbury
3. Lewis Carroll

Name 3 books on your To Read list with titles starting with A, B, C (one per letter).
1. "Arthur the King," Graeme Fife
2. "The Beekeeper's Apprentice," Laurie R. King
3. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy", C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Walk for Hunger

On Sunday May 7 I'll be participating in Project Bread's 38th Annual Walk for Hunger in Massachusetts. The money that I raise by walking the 20-mile route of the Walk will go directly to help hungry people across the state receive a hot meal and groceries in their own neighborhood.

Through the Walk for Hunger, Project Bread feeds hungry people throughout the state by supporting 400 emergency food programs, as well as making nutritious food available through other kinds of community organizations such as health care centers, after-school programs, and summer programs for children.

Please consider sponsoring me in my walk or making a donation directly to Project Bread.

Are you considering walking and want to find out what to expect? Visit The Walk for Hunger: Event Information!