I believe there is something worse than dying. It is hopelessness. Because
Quotes I enjoyed from The Christmas Chronicles:
Knowledge is responsibility.
I believe there is something worse than dying. It is hopelessness. Because complete and utter hopelessness makes you want to die and that must be worse than dying.
Klaus helping the members of the village that had lost loved ones Door to door he went and always asked the same question: "what have you lost?" And he heard the same heartrending answers: "I have lost my Johann,""my Gretchen,""my little Conrad,""all my children,""my old father,":everyone but me." What should he say to such loses? Only that he was sorry. But what could he do for those who were suffering? A little, he thought, and he did it.
Father Goswin ... even the uncharitable have a claim on charity.
... happiness is the result when the truth is spoken in love....more
I would give this book 4.5 stars if it were possible.
I attended a presentation by Kristen Lamb in Boise, Idaho at the Idaho Book Extravaganza (Nov. 20I would give this book 4.5 stars if it were possible.
I attended a presentation by Kristen Lamb in Boise, Idaho at the Idaho Book Extravaganza (Nov. 2012). She presented upon the topic of how social media can be used to build or improve a writer’s platform. She was knowledgeable on the subject and was inspiring as well as entertaining. I purchased a copy of her book, “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” to educated myself about what is a writer’s platform and how social media is an integral part of a contemporary platform.
This book is divided into three main sections: (1) What can social media offer?, (2) Building social media platform, and (3) Managing your social media platform. The meat in this book is in section 2, which describes the different social media tools that a writer should include in his/her platform. Section 2 deals with gathering the content that is required for effectively using social media tools and then actual creating accounts in the most dominant social media tools.
Lamb is adamant about your need to establish a brand and the brand needs to be your name, not the name of your book, characters in your books, or some cute or creative name. The writer should associate his/her name will all of the promotion, blogging, and twitting that they do using social media.
I also like how the author does not just tell you should have a writer’s presence on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Wordpress or Blogspot, but how to actually set up accounts and initiate using the tools.
To me the best part of the book was the section on what needs to be done before creating social media tool accounts. Lamb recommends a series of actions be done before starting any promotion or using social media such as purchasing the right to the URL with your name such as www.writersname.com or some variant that includes the writer’s name, creating three biographies of different lengths, a professional looking head shot of the author, and creating 18 blog articles to be used on your website about the topic you write about, to name just a few of the actions.
She also deals in how to effectively use social media in such topics as being positive, to be nice and reciprocate to those that help and are nice to you, be consistent using social media such as blogging on a consistent bases (at least once a week), encourage discussion and participate in groups and areas were potential fans of your genre of writing hang out. The recommendations are logical and seem to be common sense but are not always practiced by writers in building their social media platform
I was not sure about the author’s love of MySpace. She feels strongly that a writer should have a presence on MySpace. I am sure she is much more knowledgeable about which social media elements are important to include in your platform, but I do not know one person who uses MySpace. I do know hundreds if not thousands that use Facebook, which Lamb also encourages writers to take full advantage of in their platform.
I would recommend Lamb’s book, “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” to writer’s who want to generate a writer’s platform or who want to improve their platform by using social media. I think this book would even help those who are experienced social media experts because Lamb describes many practical applications of social media that can help in developing interest by potential fans (and book buyers) of the writer. I learned so much from this book that I have read it twice and marked many locations that I have found to be of great importance to me in setting up a writer’s platform. I am in the process of using the information from this book to build my own writer’s platform.
I find it is interesting to read about the life of an influential person. If you agree or disagree with Marx’s writings and political doctrine, you muI find it is interesting to read about the life of an influential person. If you agree or disagree with Marx’s writings and political doctrine, you must admit that he influenced the 20th century more than any other philosopher. Even with people you disagree with it is important to know about them and their beliefs so that you can recognize when their dogma is being advocated as a solution to present issues.
This short book on Karl Marx provided a good overview of his life; providing the reader a brief glimpse of what shaped Marx and his beliefs. It showed a man who was adverse to most forms of labor to provide a living for himself and his family, but lived upon the kindness of friends and followers such as Friedrich Engels. As with most philosophers, Marx ideas were theoretical and based upon his thoughts and beliefs and not any actual experiences or observations. From this book, I learned that Marx’s influence was minimal during his life but it was his writings that influenced Stalin, Mao, Castro and others to establish communist regimes that all eventually failed or transformed to a less severe form of government. Marx’s ideas have caused more suffering, human right’s violations, and deaths than any other political dogma.
I found Marx to be a complex individual who was raised in a Bourgeoisie home and enjoyed the benefits of a privileged upbringing yet hated that the Bourgeoisie exploited the wage laborer. He hated the 19th century capital system but speculated in the market. He had a wife and family that he loved but seldom worked, living upon the support of Engels and other like-minded individuals.
He was a man who given to alcohol and tobacco, sleep during the day, unclean (constantly afflicted with boils because of his unseemliness), unshaven and shabby. One would never expect someone like him to have such influence years after his death.
One comment from Karl Marx’s mother was quite humorous; paraphrasing - “Little Karl” should spend less time writing about capital and more time making some.
I recommend this book to those who want to learn more about the man Karl Marx and the life experiences that shaped his political beliefs. This book is not for those who wish to know all about his political philosophy. ...more
Review of "A Sound of Thunder" I gave this short story a rating of three stars.
I listened to Ray Bradbury’sReview of "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Review of "A Sound of Thunder" I gave this short story a rating of three stars.
I listened to Ray Bradbury’s short story, “A Sound of Thunder” in conjunction with his novel, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. I have enjoyed other Bradbury stories such as “Fahrenheit 451” and “Martian Chronicles”, and was hoping that I would enjoy this story. Of Bradbury’s books that I have read this is the shortest and my least favorite because it did not have much plot or character development and seemed to be a short story that should have been further developed into a better novel.
This tale tells of a time in the future when time travel is possible. A big game hunting company has used time travel to take hunters back to the age of the dinosaur to hunt the ultimate prey - Tyrannosaurus Rex. The story is about one excursion back in time where a hunter violated the company’s precautions not to alter any conditions in the past. The ending of the story shows the result of the hunter’s violation on the trip to the present world condition.
I felt that the story was rushed to maintain a short story format. I liked the element of time travel used to hunt extinct animals and the precautions used by the big game hunting company to assure that their excursions would have no impact on the ancient environment and consequentially no impact on the current environment. I think the book’s theme could have been further developed into a novel with the attempt of the hunting guide and the hunter to fix the damage that was done in the original hunting expedition.
I recommend this book to fans of Ray Bradbury; even his lesser works are better than most other writers. I also recommend this to those who enjoy a short science fiction story which causes one to contemplate the ethic question of man’s ability to alter the past and thus altering the present and future. ...more
I love to read and study classic literature, so “The Canterbury Tales” by Chaucer appealed to me. Almost all lists of classic literature include ChaucI love to read and study classic literature, so “The Canterbury Tales” by Chaucer appealed to me. Almost all lists of classic literature include Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, therefore it has been on my “must read” list of classics. I listened to an audio version of this book. The narrator did a masterful performance of reading the book so that it was entertaining and understandable. I think it would have been more difficult to read the book than listening to the audio.
This tale is about a party of travelers that are sharing stories during their journey. The leader of the travelers encourages each of the party to tell their best narratives to entertain them. Thus the book feels like a compilation of short stories that are loosely tied together. The stories deal with the same issues that are common today: pride, honor, love, infidelity, friendship, prejudice, and family; even though the tale is over 500 years old. It confirms my judgment that human nature is consistent from generation to generation, or as the Ecclesiastes says, “… and there is no new thing under the sun.”
The book has a feel on an unfinished work, which from my understanding is true. Chaucer had planned for each traveler to share two stories; the book contains only one story from some of the sojourners. Also, the version of I read had one story that ended in the middle (like an incomplete) of the saga. Study about the book showed that there were several unfinished tales that were not part of the audio book I listened to.
The Miller’s Tale, a story of comedic infidelity and treachery, was entertaining but crude and may cause offense to some readers. I found the lack of fidelity by the carpenter’s wife to be distasteful. But the scene where an admirer of the miller’s wife unbeknownst to him kisses her backside is classic.
Reeve’s tale was in defense of carpenters (who the Reeve felt were insulted in the Miller’s tale) and condemned dishonest and greedy millers who were unethical in their trade with the commoners. The Reeve’s tale ended with a dishonest miller having his wife and daughter deflowered by two students while he slept in the same room.
Another tale I enjoyed was the Nun’s Priest tale of a rooster that almost gets ate by a flattering fox that praises the voice of the rooster. The lesson of the tale is that one should not trust a flatter because there is always an interior motive behind their words.
My Favorite story was the Pardoner’s tale, a narrative of unscrupulous and dishonorable young men that live a riotous life of ease and advantage. These young men hear of the death of an acquaintance and they were told he was slain by Death, so they decide to defeat Death. As they search for Death they meet an old man that says that he saw Death under a certain tree in the forest. The young men rush to slay death but find a pile of gold under the tree. With evil thoughts and intent each of the three men scheme to kill the others and have all the gold for his own. The story ends with all three being killed through treachery of the others – Death had won.
I would recommend this book to lovers of classical literature. It should be noted that some of the stories deal with infidelity and explicit sexual talk. If one is offended by these topics and situations then this book should be avoided. ...more