So glad somebody else has already written this comment. Myself, I find a great deal of comfort in rereading the first couple of Lewis Barnavelt books from time to time. I see your point about the heavy Catholic influence—that sort of thing is a hard sell these days and you can't really cut it out of Bellairs' work. … » 8/12/14 10:57am 8/12/14 10:57am

Does anybody remember R.L. Stine's pre-Goosebumps work? The Absurdly Funny Encyclopedia & Flyswatter? The Pigs' Book of World Records? How to Be Funny? The novelization of Spaceballs? I was just slightly too old for the Goosebumps series, but I was obsessed with Stine's books when I was kid. » 7/24/14 1:40pm 7/24/14 1:40pm

This was my experience, too. I was introduced to the Internet a bit later than you were, but the first time I sat down in front of Netscape, I was disgusted by it. I already had Gopher, FTP, IRC, and email, and they were slow enough over dialup. Having to wait for all those images to load was infuriating. The '90s… » 6/02/14 8:47am 6/02/14 8:47am