Of signs, portents, superhero squirrels and three-headed dogs

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library SL.

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday May 4th,13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Sign of the Four

Sign-of-fourTea-time at Baker Street sees Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell open the pages of the second full-length novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, which was originally published under the title The Sign of the Four; or The Problem of the Sholtos, and later abbreviated to the name by which we know it today: The Sign of the Four. (also sometimes abbreviated to The Sign of Four).

In 1888, Mary Morstan comes to Sherlock Holmes seeking his assistance in two matters. The first is with regards to her father. Having returned safely from India in 1878, Captain Arthur Morstan had arranged to meet his daughter at the Langham Hotel, London – but he had vanished from the hotel prior to her arrival, and no trace of his whereabouts has ever been discovered.

The second relates to a series of pearls she has received, at the rate of one a year, every year, from 1882 onwards. The pearls started arriving after she had responded to a strange newspaper advert inquiring for her, and the last one had come with a letter, indicating she had somehow been wronged, the sender asking to meet with her.

Holmes discovers that the pearls started arriving shortly after the death of a Major Sholto, who served with Arthur Morstan in India, and he is convinced there is a connection between the two men which involves an Indian fortress, names of three Sikhs and a man by the name of Jonathan Small.

If that weren’t enough, it then appears everything may be bound up by a certain treasure which may have led to murder and betrayal.

 

Find out more by joining Cale, Kayden and Corwyn.

Monday May 5th, 19:00: Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Gyro Muggins reads this 1943 sci-fi short by Lewis Padgett (otherwise known as the husband-and-wife team of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore.

In the far-flung future, a post-human scientist uses a time machine to send two boxes of educational toys into the past in the hope of helping to save his race. The first arrives in 1942, where it is found by a young brother and sister, Scott and Emma Paradine. The second travels back to nineteenth century England, where it is found by Alice Liddell. And so through the writings of one Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the world is introduced to the Jabberwocky, and the Paradine children find the means to perhaps save that distant future civilisation …

Tuesday May 6th, 19:00: Good Poems

With Kayden OConnell.

Wednesday May 7th, 19:00: Flora and Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo’s second novel to win a prestigious Newbery Award (the first being The Tales of Despereaux in 2004), is at its heart, a comic superhero tale.

The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him.

“What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.”

Join Caladonia as she continues to chart this lighthearted tale of eccentric, endearing characters, engaging illustrated by K. G Campbell.

Thursday May 8th

19:00: Cerebus

“Cerberus is a three-headed dog born to monstrous parents, who experiences many adventures, culminating in a tragic journey into the Underworld. It is here that Hades, ruler of that kingdom, determines to keep Cerberus as his sentinel at the Gates of Hell. The three-headed dog ventures into this perilous trap in his quest for the little girl he loves, who has been ruthlessly stolen from him by death. It is in Tartarus that Cerberus finally finds her and where he meets his greatest challenge.  “Here is the stirring tale of friendship, cunning, and treachery within the turbulent world of myth occupied by heroes, gods, and monsters.”

With Shandon Loring.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for May-June is Habitat for Humanity: envisioning a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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