July 19th, 2016

  • kehlen

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Hello TQC, what is the strangest "children's" book you have ever read? What about it was so remarkably different?

For me, it was Astrid Lindgren's Brothers Lionheart.

[Spoilers and TW for suicide]Well, I have just spoilered the weirdest part of it, but it cannot be helped.

Basically, the book is about two brothers one of whom dies and the other follows by trying to save him. They end up in a fairy tale world, and fight for freedom there, but right about the time victory is granted, the second brother dies, poisoned by their archnemesis, and the first follows by jumping off a cliff, presumably into a third world. Reincarnation I am okay with, but what amounts to suicide? I just keep shrugging every time I remember the book.

DK/DC. What is your favourite book store? Do you have a library card?
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I'll take that one

Inspired by kehlen_crow's post.

In a library or bookstore, how do you discover new books?

Read a review/news item and learn about the book there
A friend recommends the book
Check a favorite author to see if they've written anything I have yet to read
Go to favorite genre section, choose something with enticing cover blurbs
Wander the library stacks at random, just picking books off the shelf until I find something cool
Check out what other commuters on public transport are reading, find that book in a bookstore later
Ask a librarian or clerk for a recommendation
I don't read books

DK/DC: My daughter tells me that among the young and hip cognoscenti, "lit" now means "excited" or "really cool." Is this so?