Thoughtful Thursday: Valentine’s Day 2020

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. The advertisements and end caps of stores are pushing the usual gifts: chocolates, flowers, and the like.

But let’s think out of the box a bit here.

If you could pop over for a few hours to any of the fantasy/sci-fi worlds out there, what would you pick up for your significant other to express your love? We’re talking an expression of romance here, not something they can sell off so as to live in comfort their whole life.

Would you give them a bouquet of elanor or niphredil? Go a little bigger with a mithril bracelet? Or go all the way in with a Silmaril? What would be the gift that shows the true extent of your love?

One random commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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  1. BravoLimaPoppa /

    Well, the living blanket from Bujold’s Brothers in Arms comes to mind.

  2. I love this idea! I would love to get a heart stone (from The Bone Witch series) for my love <3

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I’d give them a mountain range of multicolored crystals (but not the dangerous kind from Anne McAffrey’s Crystal Singer series).

  4. I’d get a fire lizard from Pern

  5. Lady Morar /

    World peace.

  6. John Smith /

    I think if you wanted to give a romantic gift to a lady (I assume you’re both earthlings, but maybe she’s a green alien, who knows) a luxurious tribble coat lined with silk would be appropriate. As a follow-up, it is essential to have a crate of multi-flavored macarons overnighted from earth. Obviously, macarons are equally loved by everyone–men, women, space aliens, etc. Unless of course you have a nut allergy.

  7. The Distinguished Professor /

    The most thoughtful gift would be to have a restaurant renamed after them.

  8. My significant other has had eye problems since childhood, so I would bring him back the Golden Apple from the Magician’s Nephew.

  9. Cam, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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