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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The House with a Clock in its Walls (1974, Dell)

In addition to The House with a Clock in its Walls being Bellairs’ “first book for young readers,” it was also his first book to hit paperback. Ace first released The Face in the Frost in 1978, but it was still four years after Dell released House. The edition, on Dell’s Yearling imprint, featured all of Edward Gorey’s interior artwork but enlisted a different illustrator to create the cover.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bombing Around with Cats

The bombing with cats is a difficult matter
As the history of warfare is blurry
First strap on firepower and light with a spatter
And hope toward your foes will it scurry.

My apologies.  But two things came to mind reading this recent article entitled "Cat Bombs More Prevalent Than Previously Thought": the image looks like a spacey sci-fi cartoon from the 1980s (even though it's centuries old), and this is one of the dumber ideas our species has had.

But wait.  They did it with birds, too.