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Richard Van Holst

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I came, I saw, I read. What else is there to say?

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I've already made a brief announcement about the new developments surrounding "Maiden Aunt," my first published short story. But this event has made me sit back and think about how I came to write it in the first place, and how it has changed my outlook on life.

The story is built on a whole series of unlikely events and coincidences that can still astound me when I think about them.

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message 130: by Saurabh

Saurabh Sharma Hi Richard

Yes its certainly been long since we have talked. Hope you are doing well and your reading is as immersive and engaging as ever. As for my reading I have been on a bit of a low, struggling to finish books and generally not finding enough books that could grip me. Thankfully, I recently stumbled on The Silkworm through my wife who gifted it. It is surely one of the most absorbing mystery books I have read and thoroughly enjoyable.

Have a good day. Regards.

message 129: by Melki

Melki A friend emailed this to me, and, I don't know...for some reason, I thought of you...

- When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

- A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

- When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

- The batteries were given out free of charge.

- A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

- A will is a dead giveaway.

- With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

- A boiled egg is hard to beat.

- When you've seen one shopping Center you've seen a mall.

- Police were called to a day care Center where a
three-year-old was resisting a rest.

- Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

- A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

- When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

- The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

- He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

- When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.

- Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

- Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

Aberjhani Hello Richard--

Thank you for joining my Q&A Group.

Glad I got this chance to stop by your profile page for a few minutes. Your diverse tastes in reading, which I consider a very good thing, always astounds and inspires me.


message 127: by Scott

Scott Thank you for taking me back :)

message 126: by Katy

Katy Glad you found it amusing, anyway :-)

message 125: by Katy

Katy I thought you might find this amusing.

message 124: by David

David Katzman Thank you, sir! The monster waits patiently.

message 123: by Arghya

Arghya Dutta Thank you, Richard, for the recommendation. Arghya

message 122: by Nick

Nick Are you having good reading weather up there, Richard? Just thought I'd check in, since I hadn't heard from you in a while.

message 121: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much, Richard!

message 120: by Kris

Kris Beautifully pasted, Richard!

message 119: by Giorgi

Giorgi thank you Richard!happy new near to you too,best wishes

message 118: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Dear Richard, happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

message 117: by Jonathan

Jonathan Merry Christmas my dear friend! May there be holidays, fun, puns and cake!

message 116: by Nick

Nick I finally finished The Old Curiosity Shop. I'm curious for your thoughts, since you have read more Dickens than I have. I'm going to be honest. I struggled to really care about poor little Nell. She struck me as a stock character of pure goodness. I can't say that I know much about Nell, except that she was utterly selfless, liked solemn and lonely places, and was worried about her grandfather to the point of nausea...or in her cause illness.
Dickens seemed at pains to inform the reader that Nell was an angel and that everyone loved her, but I felt that all of this was second hand knowledge. I didn't have a chance to develop my own feelings for her. Kit, Dick, Sampson, and especially old Quilp had more substance to them. It makes me think of what critics have long said of Milton--it appears that he was more interested in the villain.

message 115: by Dustin

Dustin Richard wrote: "Hi Dustin, All is indeed well. I find it hard to pin down exactly why I like Munro. She's good at portraying life in small towns, but can also give you exotic places and different time periods. She..."

Awesome, I'm so glad I decided to check your page, as I'm interested in the discussion. Thank you for your input, Richard.:)

I'm happy to know that all's well with you.

Wow, Monru sounds wonderful and very versatile, indeed! I look forward to reading her someday!

message 114: by Richard

Richard Hi Dustin, All is indeed well. I find it hard to pin down exactly why I like Munro. She's good at portraying life in small towns, but can also give you exotic places and different time periods. She writes about ordinary people with ordinary concerns, but also brings in the unusual or even the macabre. She has a lot of depth and detail. The bottom line is: she is really talented and versatile.

message 113: by Dustin

Dustin Dustin, so many likes! I should tell you, though, that I've been an Alice Munro fan for quite a while--not just since she won the Nobel Prize. I like short stories, which is what she excels at. Also she just happens to be Canadian...

Good day, Richard!

How have you been? I hope all's well.:)

Yeah, I hadn't even heard of her until her recent Nobel Prize win, which piqued my interest. Her work sounds quite good. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Munro. Happy reading!!

message 112: by Jonathan

Jonathan That gave me a laugh. I should learn to use those pesky commas, but they go running off. Yes, been good but busy.

message 111: by Jonathan

Jonathan How have you been recently my friend?

message 110: by Rowena

Rowena Thank you, Richard :)

message 109: by Megan

Megan Hermano Richard it has been too long, how have you been?

message 108: by Jonathan

Jonathan Ah yes, the good old challenges. I may have read a whole bunch of graphic novels to stay on target. Or maybe it was because I was addicted to them...who knows.

message 107: by Jonathan

Jonathan How have you been Mr Richard, I apologise for not interacting so much with you recently due to a load of work. I hope you are continuing to go well and to read - oh and puns, don't forget the puns.

message 106: by C.J.

C.J. Heck C.J. Heck
C.J. Heck

Hello Richard,

It's such a pleasure having you for a friend here at Goodreads. I look forward to reading your work. Best wishes to you!

My warmest regards and respect,

Anatomy of a Poet by C.J. Heck
Anatomy of a Poet (poetry)
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Bits and Pieces  Short Stories from a Writer's Soul by C.J. Heck
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message 105: by Dustin

Dustin Aw, thank you so very much, Richard!!!:)

message 104: by Brian

Brian Dear Richard:

Would you like me to forward you an E-book copy of Colorado Mandala for review? Or would you prefer a hard copy?

Interestingly enough, because of the book's underlying theme of the effects of PTSD, Colorado Mandala is currently being reviewed for endorsement by:

1) New York Presbyterian Hospital's PTSD Treatment Unit
2) The Viet Nam Veterans of America
3) The Viet Nam Veterans for Peace
4) The Purple Heart Association
5) The Veteran's Administration

...AND also for possible inclusion in several of these group's PTSD therapy practice! Currently, the Purple Heart Association distributes "Tears of a Warrior: A Family's Story of Combat" to all those returning Vets suffering from the effects of PTSD. Now they are considering including Colorado Mandala for participation in this same program. Nothing would make me happier than for Colorado Mandala to actually benefit those amongst us who suffer from this invisible malady, particularly those defending us in our Armed Forces, both currently and in the past.

I look forward to your thoughts.

With respect,

Brian Heffron

message 103: by Jacob

Jacob Hey, Richard. I don't usually play friendmaker on Goodreads, but I just met this fellow and noticed he does a lot of religious reading, like you. Figured you would get along.

message 102: by Andrew

Andrew Thanks for adding me as a friend, Richard, and for entering the giveaway on my blog. I'm afraid you didn't win, but it's good to meet you and to check out your library on here!

message 101: by Simon

Simon King If you do read my stories (I don't oblige you to do so!), I suggest you read them rather than hear me warble! They're listed on my blog, on the right: What kind of fiction do you write?

message 100: by Kunal

Kunal Sen I'm good Richard. How are you and what's the last great book that you read?

message 99: by Jason

Jason Thanks Richard. Enough time to read books, not enough to review them. Madame Bovary is still on my list.

message 98: by Richard

Richard Kyle wrote: "I don't think you're currently reading enough books at one time Richard. You should start a couple more, to prevent your reading life from becoming dull."

Yes, sir. At once. Can you recommend anything, sir?

message 97: by Kyle

Kyle I don't think you're currently reading enough books at one time Richard. You should start a couple more, to prevent your reading life from becoming dull.

Madeleine Thanks for the friendvitation, good sir! I've found that having mutual GR pals has nearly trumped similar bookish tastes as a determining factor in successfully forging new friendships on this site.

I did rather enjoy being the nostalgic trigger in "Swann's Way." Proust's ability to predict how delicious I am is one of his lesser-known accomplishments.

message 95: by David

David Katzman Well, she is French after all.

message 94: by Colin

Colin Bruce Anthes Richard. I'm looking for a surprise reading recommendation to get outside of my box. Can you answer the call, good sir?

message 93: by Richard

Richard Adam wrote: "Happy Easter!"

Thank you, Adam! Of course it's not until Sunday, but there are plenty of dramatic events preceding it!

message 92: by Adam

Adam Happy Easter!

message 91: by Kyle (last edited Feb 22, 2013 12:13PM)

Kyle So Richard... you ever try just reading one book at a time? :)

message 90: by David

David Gallagher Hey, Richard!

Your voting on my Booker Winners list reminded me of your message on my profile...congrats on it being the 100th, incidentally!

I'm rather busy these days with school stuff (just got accepted into a university here, and I'll be studying English), and the stress that comes with it, and I haven't been good at keeping up with friends here.

Thank you for your message though - how are you doing?

We'll talk before long -


message 89: by Nick

Nick Have you started The Old Curiosity Shop yet? I'm on chapter 4. Intriguing so far.

message 88: by Nick

Nick Ok, Richard. I'm finally finished with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, so I'm ready to tackle The Old Curiosity Shop whenever you are!

message 87: by Szplug

Szplug You're welcome, and thanks for offering.

The spider's the key to Isidore realizing he's in the Tomb World of Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. My acknowledgement of a December that went ouch for me in many ways.

message 86: by Steve

Steve Morris Richard, you make a valid comment about power outages while you read:
Playing Havoc by Steve  Morris

Since beginning the research for this, I have become quite paranoid at each blow of a fuse or silent interval on a radio.

message 85: by Chance

Chance Maree Hi Richard -- all this time I thought we were already friends. LOVE the book porn!

message 84: by Kilburn

Kilburn Adam Are you on any other web sites Richard Van Holst

message 83: by Kris

Kris Thank you so much, Richard - it's cold here too, but your wishes have helped me to feel warmer. :)

message 82: by Richard

Richard Kilburn wrote: "I thought we were already friends."

Better late than never. :)

message 81: by Kilburn

Kilburn Adam I thought we were already friends.

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