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Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls

Nowadays, whenever i blog about politics, i feel i need to make up for it with some non-political stuff. So here's some scans from a book i loved as a young kid: Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls.

Here's the cover:

Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls by Random House

Here's some pictures from the title page. You know right away it's gonna be awesome.

Runaway Tree

Antler chick

Tail Trail

Piggy back

Walking The Ducks

Tea Cup Head

Now for the first story, which was Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats and lots of strange chickens

Troll with the jailhouse hat

Busy day on the Troll Bridge

Falling Troll.  He looks a little annoyed, but not too worried.

Falling bird.  That bird is crazy.  Doesn't seem to mind falling.  I think he's on drugs.

Those last two pictures were part of a two-page spread, but i didn't want to shrink them down so i broke them up separately.

Next is The Trolls and the Pussycat, wherein a traveler with a pet polar bear stays at a farmhouse that is plagued by trolls (more like goblins, says the D&D nerd). They think that the sleeping polar bear is just a cute cat, until they disturb it.

The book cover depicts a scene from this story, and here's another.

Goblin poking polar bear with sausage

Finally, The Stone Cheese. Three brothers are sent into the forest to chop some wood. The older two are scared away by a giant troll, but the youngest pretends to be super-strong, and proves it by squeezing a piece of cheese that he claims is a rock.

A wagging finger is enough to scare the first brother away.  I guess i would run too.

Can't they see there are things living in those trees?  I think the troll is right to keep the brothers away.

The youngest brother is very ambitious.

I think the book had a cool art style, but what i love most is that in a lot of the scenes there's just this undercurrent of chaos going on. The strange chickens, the weird houses in all the trees, and all the little creatures running around that have nothing to do with the story. Crazy stuff.

By fnord12 | July 29, 2011, 4:32 PM | Boooooks | Comments (2)| Link

An Example of Why You Should Have to Get Permission Before Using Metaphors

From Paul Halpern's book Collider:

After savoring the delectable appetizer of the QCD findings, it would be time for the main course. The W and Z bosons were ripe for the plucking and - thanks to the capabilities of the upgrading SPS - it would finally not be a stretch to reach for such exotic fruit. The sensitive detectors of each group were primed to taste the characteristic flavor combinations of the rare morsels.

This whole book is full of crap like this. Who talks like this? I'm ready to punch Paul Halpern.

The previous paragraph was all gluons this and quarks that blah blah blah quantum chromodynamics. And then he goes and puts this drivel in right afterward. Do you know how jarring that is? And it does nothing to further my understanding of the content so what purpose does it even serve?

He also changes the "diners" mid-metaphoring. It starts of as the scientists who have "savored" the test results and ends with the detectors themselves enjoying the "rare morsels". If you can't keep it straight in your own head, you definitely should not be using it. Arrghh!

Mr. Halpern, please stop hurting my brain. Jerk.

By min | July 28, 2011, 1:12 PM | Boooooks & Science | Comments (0)| Link

Goodbye to Borders



Never got the "hang out and drink coffee" aspect, but we sure spent a lot of money there. Not enough, apparently, or not enough recently, anyway.

By fnord12 | July 22, 2011, 11:42 AM | Boooooks | Comments (0)| Link

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