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History's Best Toys, Another Top 100

Back in December I wrote a post on  the top 100 gadgets of all time (1932 - present).  It was a great piece and brought back a lot of memories of my childhood.  Well Time Magazine is back at it,  providing a list of the top 100 most influential toys since 1932.   Once again, the list is not a "Top 100" ranking.  It is more of a list of 100 top toys broken into decades.  Allie Townsend does a great job providing a description of each toy.  Can you find any of your favorites?  Anything missing?  What do you disagree with?  I think a "glow stick" is kind of a lame "toy."  The items from the 1970's and 1980's sure do bring back a lot of memories for me.  It is also interesting to see what is still around from the past.  I was just in Target today and I noticed a lot of "classic" toys back for today's youth. I am working on a title for my March read of the month, hope to find one in the next few days.  Enjoy the snow! 

February Read of the Month, I am Number Four

I have completed my February book of the month I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore just in time to coincide with the release of the film version .  I was really impressed with the book.  Usually science fiction is not my favorite genre, yet this novel held my attention.  I finished the book in about a week, and really did not want to put it down.  If it was not for other commitments I would have probably finished the book in a few days. Brief summary, the main character "John Smith" as he is known by most in the novel is an alien from the planet of Lorien which was destroyed by another rival violent alien species, the Mogadorians.  John and eight other aliens were able to escape to earth before Lorien was destroyed.  They are the last of their race, and the Mogadorians have come to earth to kill all nine from Lorien.  Thanks to a spell placed on the nine Lorien aliens, they must be killed in order, one to nine.  Once one of the nine is killed a mark appears around the ankle

Borders....The End Is Near??

There have been rumors for a while that Borders , the Ann Arbor based book chain will soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The Wall Street Journal has a piece on what may happen here.   It appears that at the very least a large number of stores are going to close, or the entire chain may fail all together.  I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Borders failing.  I hate to see a local company go under, just as it appears that Michigan is starting to "turn the corner."  On the other hand,  I really think Borders can really only blame themselves for never keeping up with Amazon.com or eBooks in recent years (much the same way Blockbuster ignored Netflex, which resulted in their downfall.)  Many have little sympathy for Borders, because the chain killed off most "Mom and Pop" book stores back in the late 80's and early 90's.  Ironically, these "Mom and Pop" stores may be the only type of brick and mortar book store to survive in the

Read of the Month, February 2011

My read of the month is also our Carlson Reads book of the month at Carlson High School, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.  The title was suggested by one of our language arts teachers and I must say I am excited about this selection.  I have been let down for the past few months by my selections, not completing my books for either December or January.  As I have mentioned before, I am the type of reader that will shut down when I can no longer keep interest in a book.  The book appears to be a little sci-fi which is fine with me, I will give it a chance.  I really did not mind the sci-fi aspects of The Hunger Games (well at least in the first two books).  I hope we get a good turnout for the book meeting, a movie being released soon should help increase interest for our next meeting.  I will make sure to read this book, so I can provide a full review before the end of the month.  Our meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011.