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WRITER’S MAIL for December 18, 2010
by Clayton Gill

Good Words from Way Back
At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.
So you, to study now it is too late,
Climb o’er the house to unlock the little gate.
–Berowne to the King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Act 1, Scene 1) by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Brave New World of Rave New World
Imagine a world in which building your vocabulary in preparation for a college entrance exam involves reading novels specifically written for that purpose. Welcome to Rave New World from the college exam coaches of Sparknotes.com, where…

“It’s the year 2157, and every pleasure that doesn’t turn people into dutiful consumers has been classified as an addiction and outlawed. Jaden Emory’s job is to find out people’s hidden addictions — and root them out. But when rebellious raver Ally Fayre enters the picture, it’s Jaden who becomes addicted… to her.”

Read more of Rave New World: An SAT/ACT Vocabulary Novel at http://www.sparknotes.com/satfiction/ravenewworld/. Sparknotes products are available from Barnes & Nobel in PDF and eBook format.

Reading Recap: December 14 Meeting
There’s nothing like hot apple cider on a cold December night, and several folks indulged as we gathered on the second floor of the Sundance Theater & Café in the Hilldale Mall. Thanks to Aaron Boehm for sweet-talking his manager into letting us hang out there for a couple of hours!

Kim Simmons launched our lively evening with two chapters from City in Winter. The discussion focused on the Jamie character and his city. Dan Hamre wondered what happened to the assistants who had questions — they were dismissed rather subtly. The line, “I broke up the guild because I felt like it” brought mixed reactions from the group. Anne Allen thought the statement wasn’t needed, that it sounded too trite. But Carol Hornung liked it because it revealed the kind of administrator Jamie was. Andrea Kirchman felt Jamie was “a sucky administrator” because he was the only one who could answer questions. Carol wondered about the origin of technology in the city. Members of the group had lots of questions the reader would wonder about — some answers here and there would be helpful. (more…)

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