Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The Devil in Manuscript” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I was surprised to see that “The Devil in Manuscript” was written around the same time as the stories from Hawthorne’s first collection, Twice-Told Tales (1837), but was not actually collected until the … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Store of the Worlds” by Robert Sheckley

I can’t offer a permanent escape from the earth yet; not one that doesn’t involve death. Perhaps I never will be able to. For now, all I can offer you … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

“How the Brigadier Slew the Fox” by Arthur Conan Doyle

If you know any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work outside of Sherlock Holmes it’s probably his science fiction novel The Lost World, or maybe you’ve heard of the spiritualist book he wrote that perpetuated … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Jamie Freel and the Young Lady” by Letitia Maclintock

This short comes from Yeats’ collection of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. “Jamie Freel and the Young Lady” is a beautiful Halloween piece that focuses on the wild celebrations of the fae instead of the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

“It is with the Deepest Sincerity that I Offer Prayers…” by Tatsuaki Ishiguro

Winged mouse research took off on a massive scale. Naturally, researchers must have hoped that any finding related to the winged mouse would make for a first-class paper… I’m not … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Going to Meet the Man” by James Baldwin

All that singing… They were singing to God. They were singing for mercy and they hoped to go to heaven, and he had even sometimes felt, when looking into the eyes … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates” by Pat Murphy

At this distance from the blast site of the bomb that took out San Jose, I figure I received a medium-sized dose of radiation. Not enough for instant death, but … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment