Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time-out for Pocket Watches!

Some Bellairsian inspired ephemera found around web:

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

In a review of Greg van Eekhout’s Kid Vs. Squid, this blog post notes memories of children’s books:
When I was a kid, children’s books that had magic in them almost always seemed to end with the kids giving up the magic because they had earned their character growth and could be adults now. At the time, I thought this was bogus and lame, and it’s a good part of the reason I liked Oz and John Bellairs so very fiercely. John Bellairs never made anybody give their magic up to hold down a day job.

Time-out For Pocket Watches!

This post seems to cover it all when it comes to pocket watches:
Pocket watches have been around, surprisingly, almost as long as printing itself; it is not surprising, then, that they keep popping up in works of fiction, and perhaps especially fantasy fiction. Read or view a work of Fantasy and sooner or later characters of a certain port or gravitas will haul out a chronometer to consult. I would like to consider several examples and and explore the uses to which the fantastic pocket watch has been put.
We’re reminded (since we weren’t sure where this was going) that Roger Bacon, in The Face in the Frost, carries:
…a turnip-shaped gold watch on a long twisted chain. The large ticking bulb was covered with glassy warts, crystal-domed dials that told lunar eclipse dates, the rate of rainfall on the third planet out from Alpha Centauri A, and, incidentally, the time.

Ghosts of Marshall

Andy Fitzpatrick, the general assignment renaissance man for the Battle Creek Enquirer, fondly recalls the ghosts of nearby Marshall, specifically the Cronin House:
It wasn’t in a film, although there was a version made featuring actor/chef/embodiment of cool Vincent Price. No, the Cronin Mansion, a block from where I grew up, was the setting in mind of author John Bellairs when he envisioned a wizard’s house containing a clock counting down to the end of the world. That’s probably the best summary you’ll read about that book.

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