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All About Moms

Today is National Teacher Day, as Google's charming label tells me. Actually, it's National Teacher Week all this week, May 1st through 7th. Which is an interesting personal coincidence, because May 8th is Mother's Day, and my mom is a retired teacher. So, basically, it's about eight days all about her to some degree. But I'm not getting you eight presents, Mom. Sorry.

Reading: Conan of Venarium, by Harry Turtledove. This is a prequel to Robert E. Howard's Conan books, telling the story of Conan before he hit the big time in the Hyborian Age. Turtledove is apparently a big Conan fan and while the book is clumsy in spots, he gets the tone mostly right. The most interesting thing is how Turtledove portrays the relationship between Conan and his mother. Basically, for all his youthful bloodthirstiness, Conan is a grade-A mama's boy, which parallels pretty closely both REH's personality and his relationship with his mother, as far as I can tell. For all the book's flaws, I think that was pretty clever characterization by Turtledove.