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The Paper Gardens

I've been reading since I was 3, and I haven't seen any reason to stop. I'll read pretty much anything I can get my hands on, though I will admit to a crippling addiction to fantasy and YA books.

Currently reading

Ozma Of Oz
L. Frank Baum
Progress: 45 %
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Divide
Elizabeth Kay
A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin

Tales of Fantasy and Fact

Tales of Fantasy and Fact - Brander Matthews This book is a cute little collection of short stories.

Each story is wonderfully imaginative, almost all of them having some sort of punchline, or at least an amusing ending. I think the story of the Rival Ghosts was my favorite of the lot, though Sixteen Years Without a Birthday was great, as well.

My favorite part, though, was the post-script from the author. The poor man tried so hard to break away from what he was used to writing, and do a fictional book...only to be told after a few of the stories had been published that his stories were actually fairly close to events that really happened to someone.

The book is best summed up by Matthews' closing:

"After this experience I am tempted to give up all hope that I can ever invent anything which is not a fact, even before I make it up. I am now prepared, therefore, to discover that I did really have an interview with Count Cagliostro, and also that I was actually an unwilling witness at the wedding of the rival ghosts."