Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Quote of the Week

My lifelong love affair with books and reading continues unaffected by automation, computers, and all other forms of the twentieth-century gadgetry.

-Robert Downs

Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1862, while rowing on the Thames at Oxford, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) began to tell the three Liddell sisters the story that would become Alice in Wonderland. Alice, the ten-year-old middle sister, was so taken with the improvised story that she badgered Dodgson to complete it; when he had it done two and a half years later he presented it to her, with his own illustrations and bound in leather, as a Christmas gift.

For more literary history, visit Today in Literature.

Segment in which I shamelessly pimp Etsy:

Book I'm eyeing this week:

The Passage
by Justin Cronin
Ballantine Books, 2010

Summary in a Sentence:

FBI agent Brad Wolgast vows to protect six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte after a government military experiment she was involved in goes bad, unleashing a toxic virus that turns humans into bloodthirsty monsters.

Read the Reviews:

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Lisa said...

I always enjoy your gazette! Great quote--as usual!

Zibilee said...

Oh I love that necklace! I must get one of those for my very own!! I also want to read The Passage, but have been a little put off by all the hype so far.

Serena said...

Love that pendant and I'm waiting on the paperback of the least I think I am!

Andi said...

The Passage is stunning so far! I rarely spring for an "it" book of the moment, but this one was too much to resist. It has be securely grabbed, and I doubt it'll let me go until the last page.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I just started The Passage - looking forward to being sucked in :)

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