Sunday, November 23, 2014

MONDAY, November 24th at 7PM: WALL AROUND THE WORLD


“Wall Around The World”
by Theodore Cogswell
1953 - ISBN: 978-0515032789

The WALL goes all the way around the world.  Thirteen year old Porgie wants to see what's on the other side but his broom just won't fly high enough.



Gyro Muggins, Live in voice.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
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Events at Seanchai Libraries this week - all stories told in open voice, all times Pacific Time:
Saturday, November 22nd at 9am - 11am  @ SEANCHAI KITELY -  Shandon with  MORE MERMAID TALES at 9am, followed by Caledonia with C.S. Forrester's BEAT TO QUARTERS at 10am.




Sunday, November 23rd at 6 pm -  MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Part IV of KIDNAPPED at Magicland Park with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, November 24th at 7 pm -  WITCHES, MAGIC AND OTHER STRANGE THINGS, with Gyro Muggins 

Tuesday, November 25th at 7 pm  THANKFULLY SHEPHERD with Kayden Oconnell

Wednesday, November 26tb at 7 pm  KIDNAPPED Continues with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, November 27th  - DARK in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day
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All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity Our featured charity for November-December is Heifer International (http://heifer.org).  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.


Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

THURSDAY, November 20th at 7PM: THE LAST MERMAID

Contemporary author Shane Abe’s “The Last Mermaid” is a single volume containing three separate romances. No fretting for sequels! The three different books composing it span three different time periods, with three different couples. Myth, magic, and the descendants of a legendary couple link all three stories.

In other words, this a trilogy without the wait!

Shandon shares an adventure from this tonight, followed by  . . .


SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT! Tonight: “Starfall” by Saundra Mitchell, and “Later Than You Think” by Franz Leiber.

All stories, live in voice.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY, November 19th at 7PM: More from KIDNAPPED

Illustration by NC Wyeth
Caledonia continues with Part 4 of Robert Louis Stevenson's Highland adventure.

The Covenant tries to negotiate a difficult channel without a proper chart or pilot and is soon driven aground on the notorious Torran Rocks. David and Breck are separated in the confusion, with David being washed ashore on the isle of Erraid near Mull, while Breck and the surviving crew row to safety on that same island. David spends a few days alone in the wild before getting his bearings.

David learns that his new friend has survived, and David has two encounters with beggarly guides: one who attempts to stab him with a knife, and another who is blind but an excellent shot with a pistol. David soon reaches Torosay, where he is ferried across the river, receives further instructions from Breck's friends.

As he continues his journey, David encounters none other than the Red Fox (Colin Roy) himself, who is accompanied by a lawyer, servant, and sheriff's officer. When David stops the Campbell man to ask him for directions, a hidden sniper kills the hated King's agent. David is denounced as a conspirator and flees for his life but by chance reunites with Breck. 

Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

Monday, November 17, 2014

TUESDAY, November 18th at 7PM: THE THANKSGIVING VISITOR

This short story by Truman Capote was originally published in the November 1967 issue of McCall's magazine, and later published as a book by Random House, Inc. in 1968. The story takes the form of a childhood tale about a boy and his bully problem. The story has a strong moral lesson related to revenge. It is a sequel to Capote's A Christmas Memory.

The story is narrated by eight-year-old Buddy, whose older cousin is his best friend. Buddy gets stopped on the way to school every day by local bully Odd Henderson, who pins him to the ground and rubs burrs into Buddy's head because "he's a sissy", an appellation to which Buddy admits. To stop this problem, his cousin, Miss Sook, invites Odd to her big Thanksgiving party.


Faerie Maven-Pralou, live in voice.

MONDAY, November 17th at 7pm: WITCHES, MAGIC & OTHER STRANGE STUFF Continues

Gyro continues his exploration of fiction that crosses over between classic sci-fi and tales of magic.

TONIGHT: "The Power of the Press" from SORCERERS (1983) by Richard Kearns.  One evening in a quiet city park, two sorcerers wage war with newspaper, buttons and beer cans.


Presented Live in voice.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
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We want to thank PANDEMONIUM for their support of Seanchai Library and the Seanchai Goblin Challenge!  Look forward to seeing more of their wonderful creations at our story sessions. Many thanks!


Events at Seanchai Libraries this week - all stories told in open voice, all times Pacific Time:

Saturday, November 15th at 9am - 11am  @ SEANCHAI KITELY -  Shandon with Shane Abe's  THE LAST MERMAID  at 9am, followed by Caledonia with C.S. Forrester's BEAT TO QUARTERS at 10am.

Monday, November 17th at 7 pm -  WITCHES, MAGIC AND OTHER STRANGE THINGS, with Gyro Muggins 

Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm  Truman Capote's A THANKSGIVING VISITOR with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Wednesday, November 19tb at 7 pm  KIDNAPPED Continues with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, November 20th at 
  • 7 pm  -  THE LAST MERMAID with Shandon Loring
  • 9 pm  -  SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore
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All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity Our featured charity for November-December is Heifer International (http://heifer.org).  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.


Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THURSDAY, November 13th at 7PM: DON'T OPEN THIS BOOK!

DON'T OPEN THIS BOOK!
The lure of the forbidden is a powerful force. It makes the strong do strange and wonderful things, and leads fools into madness, misery and death. Call it curiosity, mankind's urge to ferret out the darkest secrets of existence Or blame it on the perversity of human nature. Whatever you name it, once you pry off he lid to Pandora's box - once you breach the barrier between what is acceptable knowledge and what is not - you risk destroying all your old certainties.

Editor: Marvin Kaye
ISBN: 1-56865-524-X

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE

AND DON'T FORGET!  at 9pm SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT . . . 
Finn brings us "One Man's Poison" by Robert Sheckley, & "Hall of Mirrors" by Fredric Brown

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WEDNESDAY, November 12th at 7PM: KIDNAPPED Continues

Caledonia continues with Part 3 of Robert Louis Stevenson's Highland adventure, as the shanghai'd David Balfour is about to meet one of the characters in the story that is based on a real person: Allan Breck Stewart.

 In accordance with the fosterage customs of the Scottish clans, Allan Breck Stewart and his brothers grew up under the care of their relative James Stewart (known as "James of the Glen") in Appin. Allan then enlisted in the British Army of George II in 1745, just before the Jacobite rising of that year. He fought at the Battle of Prestonpans, but deserted to the Highland Jacobites. He subsequently fought for the Jacobites, but after they were defeated at the Battle of Culloden he fled to France, accompanying his commander and clan captain, Colonel Charles Stewart of Ardshiel. (Ardshiel was not the chief of the Appin Stewarts, but took command in absence of the true chief.) After joining one of the Scottish regiments serving in the French Army, Allan Breck was sent back to Scotland to collect rents for the exiled clan leaders and to recruit soldiers for the French Crown.
 
On 14 May 1752 Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure, the royal agent collecting rents from the Ardshiel Campbell and inquired about Campbell's schedule for the day in question, a warrant was issued for his arrest. However, he evaded capture, and so was tried in absentia and sentenced to death. His foster father, James of the Glen, was also convicted as an accessory to the murder and hanged. Later investigations suggest that the murderer could not have been Allan Breck at all.

Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

Monday, November 10, 2014

TUESDAY, November 11th at 7PM: THE POETRY OF THE GREAT WAR

Photo by Pauline Eccles from Wikimedia Commons
Every war had seen poetry created, from the bardic histories of ancient times, to more modern contemplation of the the nature of war.  The horrors of "The Great War" led to a new kind of poetry that broke with Victorian/ Edwardian conventions, from which we've never looked back.

WWI saw the world's first experience of fully mechanized war, chemical warfare, and the banality of evil in the great losses in the trenches that went on and on. And for the first time in modern experience, poets in large numbers went against the conventions of patriotism and nobility to describe what was really happening.

The Seanchai Staff gathers in honor of Armistice Day & Veteran's Day, live in voice.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONDAY, November 10th at 7PM: MAGIC, WITCHES & OTHER STRANGE STUFF Continues

Photo Courtesy of http://hubblesite.org/
The Final Installment - We Really Mean It This Time . . . BUT IT'S SUCH A TERRIFIC STORY!

James H. Schmitz's best known book, and is considered a science fiction classic. It falls within the genre of space opera and features well-developed characters, a mix of both fantasy and hard science fiction as well as a sense of humor.

"The Witches of Karres" was written originally during 1949 as a novelette, and has been reprinted many times. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967. David Langford commented that the "plot isn't really defensible", but that overall the novel is "saved by pace and good humor", and that "its tone is genuinely light"

Gyro Muggins, Live in voice. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

SUNDAY, November 9th at 1:30PM: The Conclusion of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES  Concludes

Corwyn, Kayden, and Caledonia bring us to the exciting conclusion of one of the most popular tales from the Holmesian canon, moving one step closer to having presented the entire canon, live in (c) Second Life.
With Holmes now actively, openly back in the game, he and Watson maneuver circumstances to force the murderer's hand - making him act on their terms not his. It will take all of Homes cunning, all of Watson's steadfastness, and every iota of Sir Henry Baskerville's courage to thwart an evil deed which looms and threatens the last of member of a great family.

Presented Live in voice.

Friday, November 7, 2014

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Libraries

We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life
... and other virtual worlds
 CELEBRATING GREAT STORIES IN VIRTUAL WORLDS SINCE 2008!
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WE laughed a lot - taking the Goblin Challenge photos.  We hope they delighted you as much as they delighted us.

All the challenge photos were posted as of Oct 31st for the SEANCHAI LIBRARY GOBLIN CHALLENGE where you could be one of three winners of FABulous prizes! Send your challenge solutions by notecard to Caledonia (in either world) by the end of November 7th.  Feel free to add grid coordinates to your solutions!  You can't be too specific. (HINT:  there are six shots from each grid - six in SL, and six in Kitely)

Seanchai Library at OSCC 2014 - Cale and Shandon will be one of the first presentations at this year's OpenSimulator Community Conference . . .  "Library Out Loud" at 9am on Saturday, November 8th.  The presentation audio will be streamed live, and eventually will be available (audio & viideo) on You Tube!
Events at Seanchai Libraries this week - all stories told in open voice, all times Pacific Time:

Sunday, November 9th at 1:30pm - TEA TIME at Baker Street - "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Concludes with Corywn, Kayden, and Caledonia.
                                      at 6pm - MAGICLAND STORYTIME: Kidnapped with Caledonia at the Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park

Monday, November 10th at 7 pm -  WITCHES, MAGIC AND OTHER STRANGE THINGS, with Gyro Muggins - The final selection from The Witches of Karres

Tuesday, November 11th at 7 pm  THE POETRY OF THE GREAT WAR The Seanchai Staff gathers in honor of Armistice Day & Veteran's Day

Wednesday, November 12tb at 7 pm  KIDNAPPED Continues with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, November 13th at 
  • 7 pm  -  DON'T OPEN THIS BOOK! with Shandon Loring
  • 9 pm  -  SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT with Finn Zeddmore
Saturday, November 15th at 9am - 11am  @ SEANCHAI KITELY -  Shandon with Shane Abe's  THE LAST MERMAID  at 9am, followed by Caledonia with C.S. Forrester's BEAT TO QUARTERS at 10am.
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All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

All sessions at the Seanchai Library (SL) are offered free to all Residents.  Guests at Second Life sessions are welcome to join us in donating to our featured charity Our featured charity for November-December is Heifer International (http://heifer.org).  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Here's the thank you letter we received from July-August's featured charity: WildAid


Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

THURSDAY, November 6th at 7PM: TUATHA DE DANANNA - A Knockreedy Story

TUATHA DE DANAAN
A tale based upon the history, legends, and myths of the Tuatha de Danaan. They were a race of demigods who inhabited Ireland around 1800 BC. Tonight's story is set in a village in the late nineteenth century in Western Ireland, at Sweeney's Pub.

Author: Bob Brooks
ASIN: B00BV9MHZK/2

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE

AND DON'T FORGET!  at 9pm SEANCHAI LATE NIGHT . . . TONIGHT: Finny Z with some classic era sci-fi shorts "The Waker Dreams" by Richard Matheson, and "The Last Martian" by Frederic Brown