The OF Blog: Humpday Links and a Small Announcement

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Humpday Links and a Small Announcement

Here are a few tidbits that ought to warm your soul on a blustery early March Wednesday:

There are two totally legal and 100% free e-book/PDF downloads of books to read: Jeff VanderMeer's upcoming novella from PS Publishing, The Situation (due to ship in the next couple of weeks), and a Night Shades Book, Butcher Bird, by Richard Kadrey. I plan on reading/reviewing these in the next few weeks or so.

Fantasy Book Critic reviews David Debord's The Silver Serpent.

Rob Bedford reviews Felix Gilman's Thunderer, a book that I seemed to have enjoyed a bit more and which I hope to review shortly.

British author Joe Abercrombie is waiting with bated breath to see how I shall conclude my "reviewing trilogy" of his works. Sorry Joe, but this reviewing grew in the writing. It now shall consist of another review here, a third one elsewhere, and then (unless I am talked out of this) here shall appear a condensed review of your third book that shall employ the Elizabethan (or Shakespearean, as some call it) sonnet scheme, which some might call a "heroic couplet," although that would be in error. If I am so inspired, I may actually do this in the next month or so.

But that revolves around one little bit of personal news (which I rarely report on this blog): After four months of part-time work, I am returning full-time to the classroom to teach what now will be my sixth separate subject in my six years as a teacher. I will be teaching special education students at a private school for teens placed in a residential treatment facility for emotional/behavioral disorders. I start on Friday. Now I am doing this on a waiver, so starting this summer, I will also be taking 2-3 classes a semester to earn my endorsement for special ed. What does this mean for reviewing/commentaries, some might ask? Only a little bit. I do have a backlog of reviews to polish off writing/posting over the course of the next few days (Gilman, Fukui, Abercrombie's second, Ó Guilín) before I go to a slightly-reduced schedule here of maybe 1-3 reviews a week on the good weeks and maybe 1-3 days between posts on the bad. I'm happy with this arrangement and I have every intention of reading and reviewing the books that I promised others that I would review in the coming weeks. But if you want more on my personal life, I might be blogging a bit more about that elsewhere.

Now back to figuring out which words rhyme with "Glokta"...

7 comments:

RobB said...

Congrats on the new job and thanks for the link!

Larry said...

Thanks and you're welcome!

Which might sound odd without context, I suppose... ;)

Robert said...

Like Rob, just wanted to say thanks for the linkage and congratulations on the teaching position! Will you miss your frequent posts, but a person has to work :)

Larry said...

Thanks, Robert! My first day with the kids was an exhausting one. I can't go into much detail due to confidentiality laws, but I can say that I started with 6 students and ended with 4, as 2 were arrested for assaulting a female staff member during their lunch/therapy break. Other than that, things went well today.

Robert said...

Wow, that sounds a little scary! Well good luck with the job. I hope it works out for you...

Larry said...

Compared to previous residential treatment facilities where I worked (as direct care staff), teaching at this one is a piece of cake by comparison. I'm almost 250 lbs. and it's not all fat either. Not too worried about my well-being. If the worst I've received is a headbutt to my left eye socket that caused blunt trauma, then this little bit will be a holiday in comparison. I'm enjoying it quite a bit so far :D

Robert said...

Well it definitely sounds like you can handle yourself and I'm glad you're enjoying it so far :)

 
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