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Richard Van Holst

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in Hamilton, ON, Canada
May 04




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August 2011

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

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Richard Van Holst After I have struggled against the inertia for some time, I just sit down and write. It may go sluggishly for a while but sooner or later, ideas will …moreAfter I have struggled against the inertia for some time, I just sit down and write. It may go sluggishly for a while but sooner or later, ideas will start to come.(less)
Richard Van Holst The best thing about being a writer is reaching the stage where ideas start to flow fast--sometimes so fast that you have trouble keeping up with them…moreThe best thing about being a writer is reaching the stage where ideas start to flow fast--sometimes so fast that you have trouble keeping up with them.(less)
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2016 in review

The first thing I realize when I try to make sense out of the books I have read in 2016 is that there is a lot of overlap in categories. That is to say that a single book could be listed in several places at once. So one particular item might be by women, religion, and poetry. The second is that, some of the statistics were surprising. For instance, I didn't realize how much poetry, (auto)biograph Read more of this blog post »
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“Oh, quit your infernal squawking!”
Richard Van Holst, Deadman's Tome: Campfire Tales #2

“So many books, so little time.”
Frank Zappa

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
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“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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message 129: by Daniel

Daniel Phillips Thanks Richard for accepting the friend request and being the first person to comment on my profile.

message 128: by Jonathan

Jonathan Terrington Yes, going well! I've been busy with my teaching profession, blogging, and writing my novel. I also decided (out of insanity no doubt) to help start a writing group, and do my master's in creative writing. So I really have tackled far more than I can chew in so many ways, but it's excellent and exciting!

message 127: by Jonathan

Jonathan Terrington Hey Richard,

How have you been? Long time since we've talked so I hope you are well!

message 126: by Steve

Steve Walker Hi Richard,

Hope the summer is going well. Quick question, I want to start reading Hans Urs von Balthasar. Any thoughts on what book I should start with?

All the best,


message 125: by Douglas

Douglas Penick Hello Richard,
Again, thank you so very much, not just for your kind review but your overall enterprise of reviewing so many books that would otherwise languish between the opinions of kindly Amazon/Goodreads friends and the void. It seems that this opportunity to shape the culture we live in is hard for people to grasp, much less use. Thank you for being so tenacious and thoughtful.
In this context, I feel like an importunate jerk to ask if you might like to take a look at my new collection of 4 short stories and a novella. It's called FROM THE EMPIRE OF FRAGMENTS, and it focuses on people who have lost the culture in which they were raised and explores how they have found their way in the resultant free-fall. The stories are about a dancer from the Royal Cambodian company; a West Indian man in NY who gets caught up with the deities from the African past, an Albanian dictator's nephew living out his days in cruel academia, an Indian classical musician enduring changes of place and taste, and an Amazonian Indian who finds himself having an unsuspected influence on his tribe's fate.
If this sounds of interest, please do send me your email, and I'll send you a copy.
Please also tell me where your stories are appearing. I'd very much like to read them.
Many thanks and all best wishes,

message 124: by Jeff

Jeff Saw this on Twitter and immediately thought of you:

Thanks, Richard! Hulk can sure bust some moves. :)

message 123: by MJ

MJ Nicholls Thanks for the recommendation, I think we may have found a book more at Harold's reading level...

message 122: by mark

mark monday aww, no problem! I hope you are well, Richard. and happy upcoming holidays to you!

message 121: by David

David Brown Richard, thanks for the suggestion of Stormdancer. I've been in love with the cover of that book for a year. But never cracked it open.

I hope all is going well for you, and a Merry Christmas to you!

message 120: 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 118: by Scott

Scott Thank you for taking me back :)

message 117: by Katy

Katy Glad you found it amusing, anyway :-)

message 116: by Katy

Katy I thought you might find this amusing.

message 115: by David

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

message 114: by Arghya

Arghya Thank you, Richard, for the recommendation. Arghya

message 113: 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 112: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much, Richard!

message 111: by Kris

Kris Beautifully pasted, Richard!

message 110: by Giorgi

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

message 109: by Scribble

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

message 108: by Jonathan

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

message 107: 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 106: 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 105: 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 104: 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 103: by Jonathan

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

message 102: by Jonathan

Jonathan Terrington How have you been recently my friend?

message 101: by Rowena

Rowena Thank you, Richard :)

message 100: by Megan

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

Jonathan Terrington 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.

Jonathan Terrington 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 97: 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
Bits and Pieces (collection of short stories and flash fiction)
Bits and Pieces: Short Stories from a Writer's Soul
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message 96: by Dustin

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

message 95: 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 94: 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 93: 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 92: 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 91: by Kunal

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

message 90: by Jason

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

message 89: 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 88: 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 86: by David

David Katzman Well, she is French after all.

message 85: 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 84: 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 83: by Adam

Adam Happy Easter!

message 82: by Kyle (last edited Feb 22, 2013 12:13PM)

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

message 81: 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 80: by Nick

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

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