Anyone who knows me also knows how much I love the sonnet, this much disciplined form of poetry, which dates back to the 1200’s, has been mastered by...moreAnyone who knows me also knows how much I love the sonnet, this much disciplined form of poetry, which dates back to the 1200’s, has been mastered by Canadian poet and poet laureate of the city of New Westminster BC, Candice James, within her book of sonnets “Midnight Embers”.
The detail and structure of James’s sonnets shows the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that went into each and every sonnet, and, is truly an inspiration to anyone who loves poetry, especially the sonnet form.
Candice has the ability to keep you enthralled be it one of the many slightly ‘dark’ sided sonnets e.g. “Reckoning”
“I tremble praying my name’s found in it; Then thunder, lightning as the dead arose. A number carved on forehead brows was writ. As demons danced in Hellish lustful throes”
Or the beautiful love and light hearted sonnets like ‘This Tree’ definitely one of my favorites and, one I can’t resist revisiting when opening James’s book
“I’ve watched her dance in every season’s arms; In nakedness and wrapped in shiny leaves. I’ve seen her swoon, fall prey to Autumn’s charms, And watched the dying leaves fall from her sleeves.
A sentinel on guard that’s always been, This tree has eyes and oh, the sights she’s seen”
One also can’t forget the number of tributes to the sonnet itself as in “Sonnet Fever”
“With raging bloodshot eyes that hypnotize In ever tight’ning vice upon the mind Insanity doth harness my demise, As darkened moods continue to unwind.
For sonnet fever, there is no respite. It writes love’s pages at the edge of night”
Midnight Embers is a sonneteer’s delight, 117 brilliantly written poems to keep any reader glued to each and every word on each and every page.
I would encourage anyone to purchase this wonderful “Midnight Embers”
Lauren Bennett, Callam Granger, Jack Coglan, these 3 names are now etched in my mind forever.
I bought Helene's "Shattered Sky" as a present for my wi...more Lauren Bennett, Callam Granger, Jack Coglan, these 3 names are now etched in my mind forever.
I bought Helene's "Shattered Sky" as a present for my wife, I'm not a `romance' reader but one evening picked up Helene's book and with reading the 1st page I could not then put it down, the talented writings skills Young has put forth is astounding and worthy of every award she/Shattered Sky receives, the detail of the far north especially resonates with us who live here and can recognise and visualise every scene, Young's portrayal of all characters involved mingled within a fast paced adventure and a touch of romance is a must read for anyone.
Category 5 not only relates to a weather pattern, it is also the 5th. anthology by the Tropical Writers of far north Queensland, this wonderful book i...moreCategory 5 not only relates to a weather pattern, it is also the 5th. anthology by the Tropical Writers of far north Queensland, this wonderful book is full of short stories & poetry but is also an inspiration to any would be writer as it shows what can be done when a group of diverse writers put their collective heads together.
I was proud and felt privileged to have my poem "Cycle" selected for this anthology and to be associated with such an array of talented writers.
Well done Tropical Writers of far north Queensland. (less)
Hazel's ability to take one exactly to the scenes discribed in 'The Seer Stone' are just so wonderful, I recommend anyone to read Hazel's book & e...moreHazel's ability to take one exactly to the scenes discribed in 'The Seer Stone' are just so wonderful, I recommend anyone to read Hazel's book & enjoy this journey through hazel's eyes.(less)
Once again I was left 'gobsmacked' by the life of torment and abuse Lori suffered, her tenacity and inner strength is an inspiration to anyone, I know...moreOnce again I was left 'gobsmacked' by the life of torment and abuse Lori suffered, her tenacity and inner strength is an inspiration to anyone, I know I have mentioned this before but, Lori should be wearing the famous blue suit with the red 'S' emblazoned on the front. A truly insperational story of the many lows and sometimes highs from a wonderful writer.
As I settled to start reading Peter J Hill’s ‘Star of the Four Kingdoms’ I slowly ran my eyes over the 2 huge lighthouse prints, hanging on our lounge...moreAs I settled to start reading Peter J Hill’s ‘Star of the Four Kingdoms’ I slowly ran my eyes over the 2 huge lighthouse prints, hanging on our lounge room wall, of ‘La Jument’ a ‘rock’ lighthouse off shore at Ushant, France and next to them a slightly smaller print of ‘Kéréon’, another ‘rock’ lighthouse at Brittany, France and all made famous by photographer Jean Guichard, combine with these my lifetime love of the ocean and a softie for memoires as well, I knew I was in for a treat with Peters ‘memoires of a light house keeper’.
Firstly, the few, and I mean ‘few’ spelling mistakes and equally few grammatical mistakes, which could easily be classed as ‘lost in translation’, and, not being an academic in these fields, I found they were totally overshadowed and forgotten about once fully immersed in this man’s story, and his family, sharing Peters life as a lighthouse keeper.
Mr. Hill’s memoire might not suit all, but I found it engrossing from the start, from his application response to an advert from the Northern Lighthouse Board in the local newspaper, then serving from lighthouse to lighthouse around the coasts of Scotland, until, his final days 13 years later at ‘Islay and the Rhinns’.
Apart from enjoying the detailed inner workings of the different stations, the finding of a human skeleton, the birdlife, Royal Yacht’s, hairy helicopter rides, camping holidays, I must say I so enjoyed the chapters which Peter’s wife, Margaret had entered, these were a wonderful insight to how she dealt with the every day life of a ‘keepers’ wife, and, the humorous things that can happen with children, a dog and cat in a small area shared with other keepers, assistants and families.
I always knew that the ‘romantic’ scenes dictated in novels or film about lighthouse keepers saving a damsel from a ship wreck, falling in love and living happily ever after is just that, ‘romantic fantasy’, but, there is still a romantic feel of the ocean no matter where one is, Peters memoire is not ‘romance’ but one can feel the love he and his family had and still have in their memory for their time living at lighthouses.
I give ‘Star of the Four Kingdoms’ 5 stars, I feel it is worth more, and I honestly love every aspect of Peter J Hill’s book and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys an honest from the heart memoire and finally might I add mention to the beautiful poetry Peter wrote, and has added to the final pages of this fine read.
I must say I absolutely loved 'Poems from the Heart' the simplicity of Marc's writing, from his 1st poem written into his daughters yearbook, his poem...moreI must say I absolutely loved 'Poems from the Heart' the simplicity of Marc's writing, from his 1st poem written into his daughters yearbook, his poems about his wife and children, grandchildren, parents and co-workers.
I also enjoyed not having to reach for my thesaurus to find out what any given word meant as Marc's simple approach writing style can be enjoyed from start to finish, his poetry is a look into this mans heart and the obvious love for his family, I felt privileged to be a part of this man's wonderful poetry, and his family life.
I would recommend Marc Wambolt's poetry to anyone who enjoys 'easy reading' well written poetry that will uplift your heart. (less)
After reading Lori Newman’s book “Here all along” I have no doubt this inspirational woman should be wearing that famous blue suit with the big red “S...moreAfter reading Lori Newman’s book “Here all along” I have no doubt this inspirational woman should be wearing that famous blue suit with the big red “S” emblazoned on the front, what this young woman went through fighting not only 2 ex narcissist husbands, seemingly unconcerned “help” centre staff, a minefield of a judicial system, total self doubt, at times uncontrollable fear, to me is nothing less than “super” human.
Through this fight Lori eventually found she had tremendous inner strength, yes, she had it “Here all along” and what was the crux of this fight, no, not the money, not to spite her ex’s, the fight was for the protection of her 2 daughters.
Lori has won many of the battles, but, unfortunately the war is not yet over, though, now she can move forward with confidence and vigor for Lori now has the inner strength that as she says was “Here all along”
An inspirational true story I would recommend to anyone.
'I Cry for My People' is not the history of Ireland. It is rather a look into Irish history primarily written in an attempt to debunk the mythology th...more'I Cry for My People' is not the history of Ireland. It is rather a look into Irish history primarily written in an attempt to debunk the mythology that for such a long time surrounded the fighting in British Northern Ireland.
It explains the myth of the religious war, with Catholic versus Protestant, and the so called glorious, victorious but murderous British army in between.
So many accounts exist from the point of view of the centuries of conquest and domination of the British invaders. Martin McMahon felt compelled to write about Northern Ireland out of the frustration he felt in trying to answer questions about the Irish political situation and the resulting subjugation of the Irish people and their culture that people in Australia would ask him.
Being very graphic, some might find it hard reading but I would implore you to keep reading and be shocked at what some of the so called English legends did to the Irish.
Being of Irish ancestory I loved the book.
Quote: This is not just the story of the Irish. It is a story of freedom. Martin McMahon. Author: “I Cry for My People” (less)
A collection of short stories of day to day survival of Australian soldiers in Changi prison camps. Amongst the death, beatings, Starvation, endless w...moreA collection of short stories of day to day survival of Australian soldiers in Changi prison camps. Amongst the death, beatings, Starvation, endless work details, Aussie ingenuity shone through with "theatre" shows to keep up morale, They invented a machine to turn "hemp" into clothing and Aussie mateship, something the Japanese just couldn't understand.(less)