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Something Ends, Something begins * Witcher Saga

While this short story was written as a wedding gift by Andrzej Sapkowski and is considered non-canon, it’s such a nice story I wanted to share my favourite moment, a captured happiness between the Witcher and Yennefer. The story is about a wedding, The Witcher’s wedding and all of their guests and best wishes. Very short and very cute.

Joy and happiness was in everything they did. And even though they were so different, they knew that those weren’t the differences that divide, but the differences that bring together and bind, bind so strongly and so tightly, like siting of spars and the roof ridge, siting from which a house is born. And it was like the first time, when he was entranced by her glaring nakedness and intensive desire, and she was enthralled by his finesse and sensibility. And just like the first time she wanted to tell him, but he silenced her with a kiss and a caress and literally took away all the sense of it. Later, when he wanted to tell her, he couldn’t get a sound out of himself, and later still the happiness and delight overwhelmed them with power of a falling rock, and there remained only one big flash beneath the eyelids, and there remained something which was a silent outcry, and the world ceased to exist, something ended and something began, something stopped and there was silence, silence and peace.

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Tahereh Mafi * Destroy Me (“Shatter Me” Series 1.5) Book Review

Not since Margaret Atwood’s Fallen women that I had the opportunity to see another way of falling. Falling in love.

“And I’ve fallen.

So hard.

I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

Love is a heartless bastard.”

Tahereh Mafi, Destroy Me

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Marvel at one of the world’s most dynamic modern art spaces, Tate Modern, and its new extension

Tate Modern is an amazing story of redemption and reinvention. It resides Picasso to Anish Kapoor and Tacita Dean – you name ’em, they’ve got ’em. You could happily spend a day exploring them all, and also find time for the latest barnstorming exhibition.

The biggest, most audacious, installations are in the vast Turbine Hall . One of its most famous installations was Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds , where he covered the entire floor with millions of life-size handmade porcelain seeds – apparently identical yet unique.

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Ai Wei-Wei Sunflower Seeds

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/unilever-series-ai-weiwei-sunflower-seeds

Current Exhibitions

THE EY EXHIBITION:WIFREDO LAM

Until 8 Jan 2017

HYUNDAI COMMISSION:PHILIPPE PARRENO: ANYWHEN

Until 2 Apr 2017

THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION

Until 7 May 2017

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG

Until 2 Apr 2017

The Material Gestures galleries on Level 3 feature an impressive offering of post-World War II painting and sculpture. Room 7 contains a breathtaking collection of Rothkos and Monets.

There are regular free 45-minute guided tours on each gallery.

A favourite among Londoners is the restaurant on Level 7, especially on Friday and Saturday late opening, with stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s, opposite. But that’s now matched with the roof terrace on the Tate’s new extension, which opened in June 2015. This ten-storey twisted, pyramid-shaped building is the same height as the existing Tate’s chimneys, and has an extra 60 percent space for galleries, with live performance in the Tanks, in the basement.

Tate Modern, Bankside; tel: 020 7887 8888; www.tate.org.uk/modern ;

Sun–Thur 10am–6pm, Fri–Sat 10am–10pm; free;

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One for the road * Stephen King

Do you remember the creepy vampire – infested Salem’s Lot? This is a side story of what can happen if you detour and end up in it.

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“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Finished the book in tears.

It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Death is recalling the story and Death will be the one to visit Liesel three times.  During the second World War,  Death has never been busier. People dying on both sides – the English, the Russians, the Germans sent to fight on foreign fronts and Jews.

Mass extermination is well known and all I could think of when reading this book is how could it be, that now, in the 21st century, there are people that still think that Second World War never happened and the Holocaust is a massive conspiracy. You don’t believe me? Just google it and you’ll be surprised what some people believe…

With this in mind, thread carefully into to the book and the life and adventure of Liesel as she goes to her new adoptive family on Himmel street.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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“Faeries” Halloween Competition

After last year’s competition (Never Grow Up Peter Pan), we decided to have a new one this year, themed “Faeries”.

Send us a picture of yourself, your friends, your girlfriend (couples costumes are welcomed) wearing a faerie themed costume – any type of faes and elfs are welcomed! Not just little sexy Tinkerbell or serious Elrond – you can be anyone you want. You can tweet us your picture at @BooksCarra and use #Faeries in your tweet.

Alternatively, email us your picture at our email address: mail@carra-lucia-books.co.uk.

Deadline: 31st of October 2015, Midnight

Winners are announced on the 1st of November

The Prize is a hardcover edition of Faeries by Brian Froud.

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A quarter of a century after its initial publication and with well over a million copies in print worldwide, Brian Froud and Alan Lee’s Faeries is an unquestioned classic. Now, Froud and Lee return to their most enduring and beloved work, in this Deluxe Anniversary Edition.

This ultimate collector’s item includes eight frameable, limited edition prints as well as a signed facsimile of a personal letter from Brian and Alan. The book also includes 8 original, new pieces of art by Froud and Lee as well as the remarkable pencil drawings and watercolours of mythical creatures from faeries and goblins, to leprechauns and dwarves that started it all.

Accompanied by brief descriptions of each creature’s origins and powers, the images are enchanting and full of magical detail. More than just a reissue, this deluxe revised and updated edition also contains essays from both Froud and Lee on the influence of Faeries and an introduction by a name author in the Faerie community.

The remarkable package will be a delight to fans of the previous title and those who are just discovering this stunning book for the first time.

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Socialization and is it all that important?

Socialization is extremely critical for human beings, without it life would be dull.

In 1938 it was an unfortunate but true case study of this.  A girl named Anna was born to a mentally impaired woman that lived with her father. She was sent countless of places but was then returned home due to financial restraints. She was then forced into the attic and was given only enough milk to live on and lived there until she was five. She wasn’t given no affection, no smiles, no hugs, or anything else, just coldness.

Luckily, social workers saved the girl and sociologist Kingsley Davis went to see the girl immediately once he heard of the tragedy.  The girl was completely unresponsive, he reported and she did not laugh nor speak. However, with some help and guidance the girl did learn how to walk, speak a little, and even care for herself.  However, she died at the young age of 10.  This is an example of how lack of socialization can harm someone both physically and mentally.

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Finders Keepers * Stephen King Book Review

From Simon and Schuster:

finders-keepers-9781501100079_hr-backA masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

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House Martell of Dorne – I would sooner be flesh and blood than silks and jewels

She was that, beyond a doubt. Seeing her there upon the featherbed, smiling that wicked smile, toying with her breast . . . was there ever a woman with nipples so large or so responsive? He could hardly look at them without wanting to grab them, to suckle them until they were hard and wet and shiny . . .

He looked away. His smallclothes were strewn on the carpets. The knight bent to pick them up.

“Your hands are shaking,” she pointed out. “They would sooner be caressing me, I think. Must you be in such haste to don your clothes, ser? I prefer you as you are. Abed, unclad, we are our truest selves, a man and a woman, lovers, one flesh, as close as two can be. Our clothes make us different people. I would sooner be flesh and blood than silks and jewels

, and you . . . you are not your white cloak, ser.”

“I am,” Ser Arys said. “I am my cloak. And this must end, for your sake as well as mine. If we should be discovered . . .”

“Men will think you fortunate.”

“Men will think me an oathbreaker. What if someone were to go to your father and tell him how I’d dishonored you?”

“My father is many things, but no one has ever said he was a fool. The Bastard of Godsgrace had my maidenhead when we were both fourteen. Do you know what my father did when he learned of it?” She gathered the bedclothes in her fist and pulled them up under her chin, to hide her nakedness. “Nothing. My father is very good at doing nothing. He calls it thinking. Tell me true, ser, is it my dishonor that concerns you, or your own?”

“Both.” Her accusation stung. “That is why this must be our last time.”