The Magicians

On the strength of another Fountain Books staff member’s recommendation, I purchased a copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

On the strength of another Fountain Books staff member’s recommendation, I purchased a copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I think it was released today in hardcover. I like the blurb by George Martin on the back, “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” I added the novel to my Reading List (see the sidebar).

I wasn’t planning on purchasing a book. (Damn my luck.) Fountain Books was hosting Chef Andy Howell of Cafe Rustica to celebrate the upcoming movie on the life of Julia Child. Chef Howell demonstrated one of Child’s recipes for tuna salad which was very good.

If you’re in the area, Fountain Books is having a Julie and Julia night at the new Bowtie Cinema theater in Richmond this Thursday at 7pm.

Being Human

Flipping channels last night I had come across bits of a new show called Being Human on BBC America.

Flipping channels last night I had come across bits of a new show called Being Human on BBC America. The premise may seem like the set up of a joke: A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a flat … But actually I found it to be a charming story. Three damned individuals trying to hold onto their humanity. I think this was the second episode and I will try to catch the pilot and the third episode this week.

Anyone else watch this show?

Thank you Steve of Fountain Books

Easily the best vampire and horror novel I can recall reading.

I recently finished Let the Right One In, by John Lindqvist, recommended by Steve of Fountain Books. Easily the best vampire and horror novel I can recall reading. The story gripped me up to the final pages. Though it’s been adapted for the screen by the author, I do not wish to see the movie version. The gruesome scenes were vivid enough on the page.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?