Saturday, August 1, 2015

Most of Us Own A Time Machine (Check Your Bookshelf!)

Saturday Spotlight Series #30
This is my 30th and last Saturday Spotlight Series post for a while - at least until the fall. August promises to be a busy month for me, and I need to cut back on my weekend posts a bit. 

Since I began publishing my List of Fabulous Finds posts on Fridays, I have been feeling like there is a lot of similarity between that series and this one. It could be that one of them is enough. I would love to know your thoughts - if you prefer one series to the other, or if you think I should continue with both.

In this post, my “Saturday Spotlight” shines on a time machine - one that is readily available to us all!.

But before I get to that, here's a thought of my own: 

I think that everyone who loves traveling of any kind needs to own a globe!

Orion Relief Globe - Illuminated with Non-Tip Base                      
We already have a nice globe, but I think this one is wonderful because it can be used as a night light! Wouldn't it be pretty as an accent light in a study or a living room? For more details, click here: Orion Relief Globe - Illuminated with Non-Tip Base 

The Time Machine: 
We don't really need a time machine like the one in the "Back to the Future" movie to travel
forwards or backwards in time. Reading can transport us through the centuries, and really good writing can make us feel like we are a part of whatever time period the characters are living in. I recently had this experience while reading Beware the Little White Rabbit.

Beware the Little White Rabbit

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date.” 

Does that rhyme go through anyone else's mind when they are running late for something? It has become a well-known part of the song sung by the White Rabbit in the story Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland was written in 1865, and has become a classic piece of literature. This year marks its 150th anniversary. To celebrate, Leap Books published an anthology of thirteen stories (all by different authors) about Alice, the White Rabbit, and new Wonderlands.

While I do love parts of it, Lewis Carroll's story has never been one of my favorites. Therefore, I was a little sceptical of how much I might enjoy the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit

One of the thirteen short stories was contributed by a friend of mine whose writing I really admire. Because of this, I decided to give the book a chance. I ordered it to my Kindle on Amazon.

I am so very glad that I did!

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I could hardly put my Kindle down! I read the book, pretty much start-to-finish in one night! The stories are all vastly different from each other, even though each is about an Alice and a White Rabbit.

I may be biased, but my favorite of all the stories was Rabbit Fever, by my friend Jackie Horsfall. The historical details were so well woven into the story that I felt like I was actually in the fifteenth century while I was reading it. An interesting a time period, but not one where I would have wanted to stay!

The nice thing about using fiction as a “time machine” though, is that as soon as you close the cover of the book (or turn off your Kindle!) you are back to the present!

I highly recommend reading all the stories in the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit

Later this month, I will be telling you about my favorite travel blog. It is always so much fun to visit other places, but remember: when you cannot travel by car, train, plane or boat - you can always read a book!

Are you a world traveler or an armchair traveler?
Have you read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll?

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  1. I grew up with Alice in Wonderland and the companion novel Alice Through the Looking Glass - which I prefer. I can recite big slabs of both of them off by heart. Beware the little White Rabbit sounds right up my very broad reading street. Thank you.

  2. I loved the variety of it, but how each story related in some way to Lewis Carroll's. I think you will enjoy it EC!

  3. I am embarrassed to admit this as an avid reader and want to be writer. I have never read Alice In Wonderland. I tried once and it bored me to tears ( I was really young). Maybe I should check them out again since I don't even know how the story goes. I love the idea of different stories by different writers!


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