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Can't Go Wrong With Minotaurs

The trailer for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is out. Looks pretty fancy, and has minotaurs in it. And the angel from Constantine plays the witch, as far as I can tell.

When I was in third grade, my teacher, "Buffalo" Shufford, read to the class from the Chronicles of Narnia at the end of each day. We loved it, especially me, as I was already a Tolkien geek by that point. For Christmas that year I got the complete box set. I started over, rereading with great enthusiasm, and caught up to Buffalo about halfway through The Silver Chair.

My set also came with a map (the Pauline Baynes version, seen here with a honkin' big logo in the center. You get the idea). I hung it on my bedroom wall with some pride. Wonder where it is now? Probably in the attic of my parents' house.

I still hang maps of places on the wall, altho' now they're of real places. Mostly. One of them is a map of Manhattan, really a painting of the various large buildings done in scale. Not much use for navigating, but it shows the skyline pretty well. My copy predates 9/11, and has the World Trade Center on it. It's a little hard to remember sometimes that Manhattan doesn't look like it anymore.

Reading: The surprisingly short J. G. Ballard novel, The Burning World, and now Travellers in Magic by Lisa Goldstein.