The Death of Batman

This is not a good trend. Within the last five blog entries have been small tributes to celebrities who've had an effect on my formative years. Much like Leonard Nimoy as Spock, Adam West was Batman long before I was born. I loved him as 60's Batman in childhood and as Mayor West of Quahog in adulthood. While his Batman show was comic and quirky, I enjoyed his always calm demeanor and portrayal. That's a sharp contrast to the tortured and angry Batman of later decades as directors and writers decided to focus on the death of his parents rather than the unique qualities that made him Batman--the World's Greatest Detective.

When the icons of your childhood pass into history, they become permanent signposts in your past. RIP Mr. West.

I've been on a reading binge since handing my manuscript to my editor. I've read Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley (recommended if you enjoyed The Rook as I did), The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia (also good and so gracious in person), Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (quite good and my first ARC read), Cinder by Marissa Meyer (good YA and also a very warm personality) and The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (good, though not as riveting as Moneyball nor as exhaustive in theory as Daniel Kahneman's own work - Thinking, Fast and Slow). Of these, only Autonomous is Science Fiction, with Cinder as a YA fairy tale retelling, somewhat less so. I hope to get through another novel or three before my manuscript returns for me to grind through another revision.

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Kenneth Britz