May 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Magic of Mothers

The Magic of Mothers

I’m reading Robin Hobbs’ Farseer Trilogy. It is a departure from my normal fare, as it is neither paranormal nor urban, but rather straight up fantasy. I’m enjoying its quiet pleasures, the depth of the character development, the slow roll-out of the world building, which is sufficiently original to be interesting but not so alien as to feel like I’m learning a whole new language and way of thinking. There are no vampires to be had, but the zombie apocalypse is imminent, at least in a manner of speaking. So I am content.  The books focus on a royal bastard named Fitz. We meet him when he is six years old and abandoned at the castle, where his father, the crown prince, resides. He has no real memories of his mother–she is a shadowy figure who smelled good. Essentially, she is completely out of the picture. I have long noticed… READ MORE

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

I know you’ll all be delighted to know that I’ve finished listening to the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I’m making my way though the sixteen glorious hours of Book Three, Lover Revealed. This one is focused on Butch O’Neal, a human living on the margins of the Brotherhood’s world, neither integrated nor completely excluded, but living limbo somewhere in between.  Butch is an interesting character. He is one of several characters in the series who get plucked from their everyday lives and vanish without a trace to become part of the vampire underworld in which the stories take place. These characters just walk away from their lives, without even a backward glance. The author, JR Ward, explains this by saying that Butch and the rest lack family and close friends, and that they work in jobs they don’t like and live lives in which they… READ MORE

First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

“But I didn’t mean it; it’s not my fault.”  My kids seem to think these are magic words, words that have the power to negate the consequences of any misconceived action they incorrectly choose to take. I’ve explained again and again that just because we don’t intend to hurt someone doesn’t mean that they don’t bleed. I’ve pointed out that whether they meant to break the fan with the lacrosse ball, the fan is still broken. We still put people in jail for manslaughter, even if it’s involuntary. And while good intentions definitely count against the degree of culpability, they fall into the same category as remorse after the fact: nice to have and relevant toward calculating the probability of future misdeeds, but immaterial to the outcome at hand. Why am I thinking about my personal parenting challenges in this moment? Well, I’m still engrossed in the Black Dagger Brotherhood (I’m… READ MORE

Friendship, Part II

Friendship, Part II

In my last post, I was inspired by the long-term friendships of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood to expound on the joys of old friends. Today, I’d like to continue to explore the phenomenon of friendship, courtesy of the BDB, and discuss the excitement and pleasures of new friends. In JR Ward’s world, new friends (and therefore characters) are added with regularity, and they are integrated into the existing structure almost seamlessly.  In this particular instance, I think there is more fantasy than truth in the instant bonding, immediate trust and smooth transition into to new roles and relationships for all. I’m not saying that new friendships aren’t wonderful, because they are.  I think it just takes a little more effort and time than Ms. Ward depicts. Nevertheless, her description of the delights of new friends is exceptionally well done. For me, a new friend is anyone I’ve met since… READ MORE

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