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Hello Mary Ann R, 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. http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/a-j-gallant.html
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Hi Mary Ann - not heard from you in a while, hope all's going well with you back there. Sorry to hear you didn't like Anna Karenina as much as War and Peace; the former has to be my favourite novel and the latter one I've been too intimidated to read as yet. I can look forward to it though if you found it stronger than Anna Karenina. Myself, I identified very strongly with Levin in most parts of the story, and really for me it was his story and Kitty's that made the book my favourite. Happy reading, and hope your studies are going ok. Am guessing very hectic this time of year! Take care now!
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Ah, so Potter 5 is a re-re-...-re-read :) I've only re-read the first two yet, once, and guess will slowly work through the series again. I waited until the seventh was published before I read any of them, but am guessing you might have read them as they came out? I'll be looking forward to the film adaptations of the last one. They're a fair bit different, but enjoyable anyway.I re-read Tom Sawyer as prep for Huck Finn, but am enjoying the sequel much much more. About a quarter of the way through now.Well, enjoy your course this week when it starts up, and impressive indeed to get some fiction in while it's going. Take care now, good to hear from you too!
Hi Mary Anne! I notice you're reading three goodies. Order of the Phoenix is my favourite Potter -- I think you'll enjoy it, though people seem to either love that one or hate it. I've not yet got around to The Killer Inside Me, and only started Huck Finn from August 1001 books a few days ago, but I heard the recent film adaptation was very dark and disturbing. Sounds a bit like The Black Dahlia to me, which is one of my current reads, and Vanity Fair I've not got around to yet, but plan to. Am thinking your university will probably be opening again soon. Enjoy the rest of the hols and all the best with studies when you resume my friend!
Yes, do continue reading Jonathan Strange...The book, while slow at times, overall, is very, very good. Wait till Strange enters into WWII, or turns very dark as a character, don't give up on this one. I read lots of books, and this was my first by this author, and it is still one of the best books I've read in quite a while, get back to it, and thank me later.
Reading was my main favourite pastime too when I was a kid on holiday. Free library books were quite handy for us given there never seemed to be much money floating around. Ah, but it's a very healthy habit, is reading, as far as developing the mind goes. I'm glad you're enjoying your reading time. I was really lucky in that I did a subject at college that I absolutely adored, and reading for it was not at all like working for me, though the stress of it was definitely daunting! Take care now -- am thinking I might be able to speed through some Twain for this months 1001 books. Catch you there perhaps my friend!
Wow Mary Ann -- looks like you're going really strong on the 1001 books selections! So far I've only managed to comment on 1984 and Frankenstein within that forum. I tend to read those books within my own time-frame because I tend to find them pretty deep, and time consuming, and they take me a while to digest :) Am guessing you are on hols from university and hope you enjoy the time out. I loved university days -- still always seem to be learning things myself too. Take care now, and happy reading!
When you realize where you come from, no imagination can move you to believe that you are separate. Everything is seen for what it is, and you understand that no one is in danger of losing anything but his identification. And in that forever good news, in the face of everything that appears to be real, only kindness remains. It's nothing that can be taught. It's an experience; it's self-delight. When I give to you without motive, I am delighted. I act with kindness because I like myself when I do that. The kindness can only be to myself. It doesn't include anyone else, not even the apparent receiver. I am both giver and receiver, and that's all that matters. The whole world belongs to me, because I live in the last story, the last dream: woman sitting in chair with cup of tea. I look out the window, and whatever I see is my world. There's nothing beyond that, not one thought. This world is enough for me. Anything I ever need to do or be is in this unlimited space. It's enough to accomplish my purpose, and my purpose is to sit here now and sip my tea. I can imagine a world outside what I can see, and as it happens I prefer this one. It is always more beautiful here, wherever I am, than any story of a future or a past. The here and now is where I can make a difference. It's what I live out of. Nothing more is required. by Byron Katie
Welcome to Classical Re-education! Its a delight to have you. Feel free to hop in where we are (Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native), or start at the beginning of the list. I leave all the discussion threads open and will discuss any of the titles at any time. Welcome again! And enjoy!