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quote 2017-08-03 00:41
The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.

—T.S. Eliot

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text 2017-06-12 13:40
12th June 2017
Nightwood (New Edition) - T.S. Eliot,Jeanette Winterson,Djuna Barnes

A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.


Djuna Barnes


By the time Djuna Barnes (born June 12, 1892) wrote Nightwood, she was already a celebrated journalist. She got her first job as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by saying at the interview: “I can draw and write, and you’d be a fool not to hire me.”

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text 2017-04-18 13:36
15th April 2017
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - Edward Gorey,T.S. Eliot

The helpful thought for which you look
Is written somewhere in a book.


Edward Gorey


Though creepy-cute pioneer Edward Gorey (died April 15, 2000) was not a fan of children, he did love the ballet, cats, and, perhaps incongruously, fur coats. He left his estate to a trust benefiting animals--his cats continued to live at his house after his death.

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text 2017-01-01 00:25
2016 Reading Challenge- End of December Update
The Desire Of Ages - The Conflict of the Ages Illustrated in the Life of Christ - Ellen G. White
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 - Edward Gibbon,Daniel J. Boorstin
My Turn: A Life of Total Football - Johan Cruyff
The Last Hero - Terry Pratchett,Paul Kidby
Voices of the Rocks : A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations - Robert M. Schoch
Waste Land and Other Poems, The (Barnes & Noble classics) - introduction and notes by Randy Malamud T. S. Eliot
The Hitler Options: Alternate Decisions of World War II - Kenneth John Macksey

2016 is at an end and frankly I'm surprised how I finished the year.  Instead of just reading 54 or 55 books for the year, I finished with 58!  Personally I believe I completed 7 books this month to actually break my personal best total for books read.  My total for pages is officially 27606, which if you remember my November update I had already passed by old record.


As for 2017, well given the last year here on BookLikes I'll be doing more stuff on my Wordpress page than here.  If BookLikes makes a comeback then I might show up here more.  Anyways, have a Happy New Year...


1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3) The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
4) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
5) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
6) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
7) The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
8) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
9) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
11) Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
12) We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
14) Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
15) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
16) Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
17) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
18) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
19) Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
20) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
21) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
22) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
23) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
24) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
25) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
26) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
27) The Poetry of Robert Frost
28) Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
29) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
30) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
31) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
32) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
33) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
34) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
35) Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
36) Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White
37) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
38) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
39) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
40) The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr.
41) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
42) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
43) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
44) Who Travels with the Doctor? edited by Gillian I. Leitch & Sherry Ginn [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
45) The Black Count by Tom Reiss
46) Prophets and Kings by Ellen G. White
47) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
48) The True Flag by Stephen Kinzer [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
49) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
50) Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
51) Waiting to Die Longing to Love by Russell K. Lanier
52) The Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White
53) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
54) My Turn: A Life of Total Football by Johan Cruyff [Goodreads First Reads]
55) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett, Paul Kidby (Illustrator)
56) Voices of the Rocks by Robert M. Schoch
57) The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot
58) The Hitler Options: Alternate Decisions of WWII edited by Kenneth Macksey
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review 2016-12-31 04:30
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot
Waste Land and Other Poems, The (Barnes & Noble classics) - introduction and notes by Randy Malamud T. S. Eliot

The first three published poetic volumes of T.S. Eliot career were a sudden surprise upon the literary community, but it was the third that became a centerpiece of modernist poetry.  Published within a 5 year period during which not only Eliot’s style was refined but also influenced by his personal life and health.  Throughout the rest of his career, Eliot would build upon and around these works that would eventually lead to the Noble Prize in Literature and a prominent place in today’s literature classes.


While I am right now in no way ready to critique Eliot’s work, I will do so in the volume it was presented in.  While the publishers and editors wanted to present Eliot’s work with his personal Notes or footnotes in the back of the book to preserve the author’s intention of presentation, over the course of reading the exercise of going from the front of the book to the back to understand the footnotes became tiresome.  And while reading “The Waste Land” I had three places marked in my book so as to read the poem and then look at Eliot’s own Notes and the publisher’s footnotes, which quickly became a trial.


This is a book I’m going to have to re-read over and over again for years to come to truly appreciate Eliot’s work.  If you’re a better rounded literary individual than I am then this volume will probably be for you as it presents Eliot’s work in the forefront with no intruding footnotes at the bottom of the page; however if you are a reader like myself who wants to enjoy Eliot but needs the help of footnotes I suggest getting another volume in which footnotes are closer to the text they amply.

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