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review 2017-03-31 17:44
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey - William Wordsworth  
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey - William Wordsworth

6 June, 1982

Read for AP English. I rather like Wordsworth, even though I'm not a huge poetry fan.


Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume II, which I have kept


31 March, 2017

Reread today because it came to my attention. Thirty-five years on, I'm not the same person who read it then. Now I have a daughter in her own senior year of high school. It seems an unbelievable length of time, and yet, hardly any. The math is accurate. But thirty-five years since I graduated high school? And here I am, full circle, worrying about Russia and nuclear war, and the Berlin Wall is now a piece of rubble in that part of the kitchen where strange things show up from time to time. Inconceivable.

I don't share Wordsworth's delight in the countryside in general, although I did find delight in standing outside just now, after the rain, looking for a rainbow. Still I think I get some of what he was trying to say. None of the people who were with me in that last year are near me now, although I suppose I could connect with them all on FaceBook, well, except my parents, who have both died. But I think I get the point he was making about being able to return to a place after whatever changes I've been through, and to feel again the same kinds of sensations. The place I return to isn't a scenic walk in the mountains at the Borders, it's a text, which is the only permanence I know.

There are only two kinds of poetry I care for, still: light verse which amuses and delights Old Possum's Book never gets old to me, nor The Jabberwocky, and poetry like this, that gets at the feelings. I suppose it is the same way I feel about music, that it is an easy and reliable way into a particular emotion.

None of this sheds any light on Wordsworth's poem, and my AP English teacher wouldn't have accepted a paper like this, but this is what reading is for me: a way to share emotions with other people across space and time, or even just with myself. An emotional time machine. I think he'd understand that.


Free copy from Project Gutenberg

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review 2017-02-14 17:08
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart

I don't remember anything about this, except what happens to Merlin, which may not even be part of this book.

1994 Jul 16

It's been at least thirty years since I read this. Since then I've read a great many retellings of the Arthurian legend, which I don't think would have come if not for this. Marion Zimmer Bradley didn't copy this at all, but Stewart, as far as I know, set the precedent for an ancient magic largely based on herbalism, and some sort of real precognition.

Off to a good start.


2008 Oct 25

I enjoyed this a great deal. I like the time she set the story, it is Arthurian not Medieval. It was hard to believe I'd ever read this before. I didn't remember a thing. Who knows, maybe I read The Last Enchantment and just thought I'd read The Crystal Cave. Fun, but not great literature. The focus on Merlin made for a nice twist. I like it that he has no powers other than an infrequent foretelling. This Merlin is a trained engineer, a learned man, who seems like a magician to the ignorant. That said, it falls away. I finished it less than forty-eight hours ago, and already it seems dim. Maybe I should try rereading Touch Not the Cat. Maybe that would stick better.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-09-03 17:04
Lazarus #19
Lazarus #19 - Greg Rucka

4 Stars, Buy it


Self Purchase, Comixology




Forever appears to be dead. And of course then she isn’t. (I don’t see how the comic would be able to go on without her really so I’m not terribly surprised). But this issue mainly deals with Forever, with a little of other side stories going on.  This is a good issue but not as crazy good as the previous issue but definitely still worth having.


Description: "POISON," Part Three.  One bullet makes all the difference.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-30 15:37
Lazarus #18
LAZARUS #18 (MR) - Cool Image

5 Stars, Buy it


Self Purchase, Comixology


A doctor has been brought in to the Carysle compound to help the sick/dying head of the family. Meanwhile, Forever is getting some military action in. I absolutely love Forever’s character. She’s loveable yet sexy and intense. Not much seems to happen, just political stuff and military action. but then HOLY SHIT the end.  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!   SPOILER.  Forever is shot and it looks like in the head.  Boy is it going to be a wait for the next issue.  Love this series. Not meant for younger readers as it can be very graphic and gory. But I seriously love this series.  I was going to only rate this issue 4 stars, until the end. Now I have to rate it 5. Can’t wait for next issue!!!


Description (Comixology): "POISON," Part Two.


Hock forces have engaged Carlyle troops on the shores of Lake Superior, and to turn them back Forever must take her place on the front...where the enemy is waiting for her.

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text 2015-07-06 18:29
Top Ten Top Tens Day 6: Top Ten to Re-Read

I've come to the realization that logging onto my home computer on the weekends is just not a thing that is going to happen (the toddler will not let me focus on the computer for more than two minutes). So here I am posting this about 4 days from the last one, so much for "every day" for ten days...


Anyway, today's list for Day 6 is Top Ten to Re-Read:


1. The Harry Potter series. I re-read these once a year; they are my comfort read, and my perspective is forever changing as I get older. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to start reading them and we can experience them together.


2. Jane Austen’s 6 major novels. Another annual re-read. Of all of them, I think Emma rewards re-reading the most, but they are all worth it. They never get old.


3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I’ve read it twice, and will likely tackle it again. With a book so large and so full of extra information (all those footnotes), there is always something new to discover.


4. Practical Magic. This one may not bear repeating for many readers, but it’s another one I turn to when I need encouragement or to relax. It’s kind of like reading the same fairy tale over and over.


5. The Forsyte Saga. It’s big and sprawling and full of flawed characters. No matter how many times I read it, the first interlude makes me tear up every time.


6. The Shining. This is a great book to experience as a teenager and then again as an adult. Everything takes on new meanings.


7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide series. It will always, ALWAYS make me laugh.


8. Alice in Wonderland. Another one that changes dramatically if you read it first as a kid and later as an adult.


9. The House of Mirth. Like Austen, Wharton’s pointed critiques never lose their sting.


10. Cranford. Once I visited Cranford, I had to go back again. Even though it makes me cry (in a good way).


(Original Top Ten Tuesday posts from The Broke and the Bookish)

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