This's my favorite poem in, like, ever.  Here's the first stanza, my favorite:

"And death shall have no dominion.

Dead men naked they shall be one

With the man in the wind and the west moon;

When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,

They shall have stars at elbow and foot;

Though they go mad they shall be sane,

Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;

Though lovers be lost love shall not;

And death shall have no dominion."

 



I'm told he wrote it in the aftermath of WWI and that might be true, though I believe it's dated later than that, nearer to WWII.  It's beautiful, no matter what he wrote it for.  Gives me goosebumps.

Yay!

Mar. 27th, 2010 12:30 am
I finally found last year's booklist while excavating my purse for keys.

Now you get to marvel at my amazingly poor taste in reading material. I mean, there's some good stuff on here, but, really, I waste so much time on mental junk food.

Read more... )

I supplemented this with the first hundred or so pages from Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella, which sucked so hard I kicked it out and into whatever godforsaken garage sale bin it may have landed in, absolutely everything on Creepypasta.com and various websites, articles and textbooks that I don't remember specifics about.

Imagine what I could do if I cut the junk food from my literary diet.
I found the manga for Death Note at the library yesterday, so I'm going to try it out.  I normally don't like anime or manga at all, just not my thing, but so far this one's pretty good.  Ryuk's illustration freaks me out, though.  Those eyes're going to haunt my dreams, tonight.  It doesn't help that there's one person I know who I'd like to think that I'd totally death note if I could.
For the life of me, I can't find my booklist from last year.  I could try to reconstruct it, but that'll prove rather difficult, I'm afraid.  So, I'll keep searching, try to remember what I can and, in the meantime, have a book review:

Bonnie Ramthun's Earthquake Games.

I sometimes come across a book that's so horrid it makes me want to mail it to Rush Limbaugh just so he can suffer as I did, reading it.*  Earthquake Games falls into that category. 

The story had potential, until Ms. Ramthun butchered it.  I'm sorry to say that her atrocious writing style killed it.  On one page, near the end, a blur blurred into, one assumes, a blurrier blur.  She did this frequently, with other words, and if I had my copy with me, I'd post examples.  Every couple pages had an error like this and I frankly wanted slit my throat via papercut with its pages.  Her writing also flowed like the river Anhk-in other words, not at all.  The only reasons I pulled myself through her blocky prose were that I'd almost reached my hundreth book and it was December 29th.  The characters also seemed lacking, in some respect.  Possibly, they simply couldn't stand up to her poor writing.

Don't get this book.  I'm sorry I even bought it second hand, though I suppose it's my own fault for buying books at the library's two dollar per bag sale.  They're leftovers for a reason, I guess.


*Mind you, I'm not sending him this one, even as a joke.  Ramthun's politics come off as far more moderate than his, but I think he might find room in his lard-laden heart to enjoy this one, seeing as he's minus a brain.
I've read very nearly 100 books this year. Quite a feat, for me, considering how I've tried this before, deliberately, and failed. I don't know, I just prefer reading slowly, for some reason. I can speed-read, but for some reason I'd rather shoot myself in the head than not absorb every last word in a book and roll each sentence around in my mouth as I read it. I'm on number 99, now. I'll post a list later and probably some reviews. I've come across some real stinkers during these past twelve months and also some really good reads.

Oh, and late Happy Holidays, if you celebrate, and a happy New Year.
I've done a bit too much reading lately (as if such a concept existed-ha!) and I went somewhat overboard at the library the other day. I've got so much to do, too, but they all looked so good...Well, who needs sleep, anyway, right? I'll manage, I suppose, as I have so far. After all, school-wise my life has improved greatly over the last few months and reading didn't slow me down in the least.

Have a very happy Halloween and don't eat too much chocolate.
Wow. I haven't used this journal in ages. In fact, since I last updated, I've gone back to college, at a different school, changed my major, tried working in foodservice, part time, taken a hellish math class and read roughly 80 books. The latter doesn't seem like much, now that I've written it all down, but it felt like it while I was in the process.

Anyway, my point is, "hello, everyone, again."

Don't get the flu and have a happy autumn.

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