YOU TAKE DYSTOPIA, I’LL TAKE DAT TOPIA: Pondering the Hunger Games Prequel

Let me take you back to a meeting held one year ago in the editorial offices of Scholastic Books: Editor: Ladies, I fervently believe that the YA dystopian novel has not burned itself out yet! Even in these unsettled times, young people are spoiled and complacent. They love to read about worlds where adults have … Continue reading YOU TAKE DYSTOPIA, I’LL TAKE DAT TOPIA: Pondering the Hunger Games Prequel

MURDER AT DUNGAREES, PART NINE: Items Lost and Found

Dramatis Personae The Household Lord Benjamin Petty . . . master of Dungarees Castle Lady Henrietta “Hetty” Petty . . . his wife, a former movie star Worth . . . the butler Mrs. Jolley . . . the cook Peter Moss . . . the gardener Gladys . . . the housemaid The Guests … Continue reading MURDER AT DUNGAREES, PART NINE: Items Lost and Found

WHY MINE EYES DIDN’T DAZZLE: Christie’s Sleeping Murder

2020: My pal JJ finishes his first run of reading Agatha Christie. Mazel tov, JJ! Because he tackled the books in order of publication, his last read was Sleeping Murder. His review came out yesterday. 1940: According to biographer Laura Thompson, Christie began a staggering period of production, probably egged on by the bombs of … Continue reading WHY MINE EYES DIDN’T DAZZLE: Christie’s Sleeping Murder