July 29, 2012 |
Shadow of Night A Novel Deborah Harkness Viking: 584 pp., $28.95 Writing second installments of planned trilogies is harder than you think. There has to be enough background from the first novel - but not too much - to give newcomers a grasp of the story while advancing the plot for readers eagerly anticipating the challenges of the new book. Deborah Harkness laid the foundation of her "All Souls Trilogy" with "A Discovery of Witches," which introduces historian Diana Bishop, a witch not fully aware of her powers.
July 9, 1986 |
Summer is icumen in Lhude sing cuccu --The Cuckoo Song (Anonymous) June was different. There is nothing preternatural about July, nothing mystical. Hit the beach, catch the rays, have the coven over for a Coke. August promises more of the same. But June was different, right up to the last days. James Johnson is packing for vacation. "Mostly A's, I think," the slender Pomona College freshman says. "Maybe a couple of Bs. Pretty good year." Into the suitcase go T-shirts, socks, pants.
February 25, 2011 |
There's something inspiring for old-fashioned book lovers out there about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches" (Viking: 579 pp., $28.95). Magical creatures suddenly gather as a woman opens a legendary lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are all plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost an hommage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good the latter's backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1989
Harrison states that in Winthrop's New England "witches, of course, were burned." I deny it. Yes, 19 were hanged in Salem; 10 at other places; two died in prison. But I know of no record of the burning of witches in New England. SHELBY J. LIGHT Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997
I take issue with the use of the words "Witch" or "Witchcraft" in general and specifically in the item "Workshop Explores Religious Diversity" in Valley Focus (Sept. 25). The word "Witch" should always be capitalized as is the custom when describing the adherent of any other religion, as should the word "Witchcraft" when naming the religion. By not properly capitalizing these words in this context, you denigrate and belittle the validity of our faith. Years after federal courts declared [Wicca]
October 31, 2013 |
Jimmy Kimmel assembled a crew of cute kids in full Halloween costume Wednesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to deliver a Very Important Message on the proper procedures of Halloween. It may seem like a no-brainer, but despite decades of tradition, it seems some people need a quick refresher about how to behave for the hordes of trick or treaters who show up at their house on Halloween. Specifically, save all the healthy stuff and pass out the sweets. It's just that easy. The choir warbled, "Save the toothbrush for yourself / Put the apples back on the shelf / Don't even bother with mixed nuts / And shove those pennies up your butt.
September 12, 2009 |
A group of pagans and witches is holding a festival in a rural, deeply religious village, and not everyone is welcoming them. Members of the Reading Pagans and Witches group are holding their Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival today in a picturesque section of Adamstown known as Stoudtburg Village, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia. Some shop owners say they plan to close for the day because they don't agree with the Reading group's beliefs. A church is organizing a wall of prayer around the festival in protest.