- San Antonio, USA
- member since February 25, 2007
YOU are walking on Miami Beach in Florida; the sky is dark and threatening to rain. You see a handsome Egyptian man walking down the beach carrying a leather pouch over his right shoulder, he looks back anxiously, as if someone might be following him but when he does so he stumbles and falls, spilling the seeds in his pouch. Asim hurriedly picks up the seeds, counting them as he drops each one back into his case.
It starts to rain and he quickly rushes off, not knowing that he has lost a single seed. It starts to rain harder as you see something protruding from the sand, and then a beautiful red rose grows almost instantly. You must be seeing things.
You approach the rose and when you bend down to examine it something amazing happens.
“Quick,” says the rose. “Hide me before he comes back. I grant wishes and all the wishes he wants are evil ones. Please take me home with you.”
You dig up the flower and head back to your hotel.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers. But I continue to write and hope.
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Knights of the Dragon:
Leander is under siege. It seems their wizard is dying. A dragon befriends a boy and hires knights to save his kingdom. Alexa is a match for any man, except perhaps for Stone; they’ve had eyes for one another for years, though neither will admit it. A dragon is born that turns out to be a wizard, a rare dragon indeed.
And there are whispers of a boy wizard.
It’s a tale of wizards, dragons, romance and knights.
I'll be in SAT again at the end of June, but literally just for a weekend - my family reunion is June 30. I'll arrive on June 29 and leave first thing in the morning on July 1.
Next time I'll be in town for several days will be at Xmas. Don't have flight plans yet, but will probably arrive on the 20th or 21st and leave on the 25th.
Absolutely agree about posting something about WHY I liked (or didn't) a particular book. I always read the negative reviews on Amazon first. If it's just because "the author didn't acurately depict (name the disease or syndrome or war or historical event here) then I take the rating with a grain of salt (that is, if it's fiction). If the low rating /review is accompanied by some substantive (or even brief) opinion about the quality of writing or serious flaws in the work, then I avoid that book.
My F2F group had a huge discussion on the "alternate" ending to Life of Pi - I found it so interesting that they were much more willing to believe the "tiger" story was true than to believe the story Pi eventually tells the investigators about how horribly humans can behave in such circumstances. What does that say about us as readers?
I'm home but haven't unpacked. Waiting for me was a big "flat rate" box from the postoffice. Some contest I had entered and forgotten ... books, chocolate, mini flashlight, luggage tag, and a cute "rubber" basket great for gardening! Husband's only remark was "more books!?" I'll have to sneak the others out of the suitcase when he isn't looking ... or I'll just claim they were the ones I took with me on the trip!
Hi. Thank you for the welcome and the positive comments. I have always been a reader, but am a new blog writer. So, it's always exciting to know that people are reading what I write. Different assessments of books make for the best discussions! I look forward to seeing what you read.
Now, remember me again why I 'm suppose to the Patterson 's book.
Well anyway, Have a safe trip and see you when you get back. We'll miss you at book club.
Though, you do have the option of calling me during the meeting and I'll put you on speaker phone.
Then you can tell us what your opinions are about the book. :D & ;)
I have been discussing Franzen on here lately (just recently read Freedom and The Corrections and love his writing. So I was told by SalDragski that your group was discussing soon and gave me the link...
Always like to find others with similar tastes to get ideas for new reads. Good to meet you!