Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven
- Name: Frank Denton
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Bee Man of Orn
Anyway, I came across a review of The Bee Man of Orn by Frank R. Stockton with illustration by P.J. Lynch. (Candlewick Press, 2003.) Stockton is the fellow who wrote “The Lady or the Tiger?” which kept all of my class baffled when I was in the eighth grade. "But..but..you didn’t tell which door was chosen." Anyway, I had not read the Bee Man previously and the story is quite entertaining as well as enlightening. But it’s the illustrations that make this oversized book. They are wonderful. Lynch uses a medieval setting. His illustrations of the bee man, the imp, the languid youth, the dragon are excellent. This story has also been illustrated by Maurice Sendak, whose style has been touted often enough. But not for this story, imho. Check this out. See if your local library has it or can get it. It’s worth a half-hour’s perusal. And you get a moral ending, sort of.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Back Yard Birds
Friday, December 01, 2006
A Visit from Friends and a Gift
Mike found a book that he thought I would enjoy. Oh, boy do I? It’s Murder at the Races edited by that ubiquitous English editor, Peter Haining. And it’s long...with lots of stories. Some 550 pages. I’m going to enjoy this for quite a long time. I’m rotating it with a book of western short stories and a book of ghost stories. I’ve already read stories by John Masefield, Dick Francis and Nat Gould. I’ve heard about Nat Gould for a long time but he’s impossible to find. He was a prolific writer of novels and short stories about horse racing. He sold 30,000,000 copies of his books in his lifetime. I am going to have to pry copies by inter-library loan out of some magnanimous university library. Just as I am currently waiting to see if one of them will turn loose of a novel by R.D. Blackmore. Another seller of millions of books during his lifetime and now you will be lucky to find any titles except Lorna Doone.
Anyway, glad that you guys visited and thanks for the book, Mike. I’ll write further about another gift he gave me.