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Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood
The Avenger of Love by Jack Skillingstead
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The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman
The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas M. Disch
The Eighth Day of the Week by Marek Hlasko
The Elephants of Style by Bill Walsh
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Father Malachy's Miracle by Bruce Marshall
Free to Be... You and Me by Marlo Thomas
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Harold's Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson
Hunger by Elise Blackwell
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Look at Me by Anita Brookner
Lost by Gregory Maguire
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Randy Udall
Poor Poor Ophelia by Carolyn Weston
Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright
The Ride by Tom Brandner
Shadow-Below by Robert Reed
The Sneakiest Pirates by Dalton James
Sorcerers of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
The Spiral Briar by Sean McMullen
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
Through Endangered Eyes by Rachel Allen Dillon
Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
The Tribes of Bela by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
"A Wild and Wicked Youth" by Ellen Kushner
Without Sin by J. Thomas
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

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Episode 14: Oxen in the Sun: The Critic in the Cabernet


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Comments for The Brave Little Toaster

FSFThe Brave Little Toaster: 05/16/09

The classic reprint in the April / May issue is "The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances." This delightful novella was first printed in the August 1980 issue and later reprinted as a children's book in 1986. It was then adapted in 1987 as an animated film. The film I've seen an enjoyed many times.

The brave little toaster and his companions live (if that's the right word) in the summer cabin of the master. He hasn't visited them for nearly three years and the little toaster wants to see what's become of him. Thus begins the classic quest with a party of dissimilar but capable companions, expect this time it's being taken by a toaster, a lamp, a radio, an electric blanket and a vacuum cleaner.

As it turns out appliances aren't inanimate and they aren't silent. They can move and talk but they only do it when humans aren't present. To find the master they will have to bend this rule.

Now this novella has a different ending than the film. I haven't read the children's book so I don't know which ending it has. The film ends with a happy reunion with the long lost master. But in the novella the appliances learn that people's needs and priorities change. Rather than resign to their fate at the junkyard, though, the appliances learn the importance of making one's own destiny.

The novella is as charming as the film. Although it's long it's a quick read. It's not as sentimental but the humor is there. It was the perfect read for a hot spring afternoon.

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Comment #1: Friday, May, 22, 2009 at 22:53:51

Jeane

I always heard this title and never knew what it was about. Glad to be informed! It sounds cute.



<"comment2">Comment #2: Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 15:53:15

Pussreboots

The original short story is a cheekier than the animated film and the endings are different but I like both versions. The cartoon is worth seeing sometime.