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Songmaster * Orson Scott Card Book Review

I have finally found a book from Orson Scott Card that I could not finish. He has written some amazing stories so far. I loved each and every one of them – either the fairytales or the space exploration. Even the biblical stories and I don’t do religion. Here are some of my favourites to date:

But this book did not sing well in my ears.

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Book Reviews

Anasi Boys – Neil Gaiman Book Review

I’ve loved  American Gods, didn’t think too much of Norse Mythology but I thought I’d like the “Anasi Boys” story. And I was quite surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed it!

This is the story of Anasi the Spider God and of his two human boys that he fathered with a human woman. It’s a funny story that contains a murder, a Bird woman, a Tiger, a lime and loads of singing.

“Now, Anansi stories, they have wit and trickery and wisdom. Now, all over the world, all of the people they aren’t just thinking of hunting and being hunted anymore. Now they’re starting to think their way out of problems—sometimes thinking their way into worse problems.

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Poetry

Irish Love Song by Margaret Widdemer

Well, if the thing is over, better it is for me,
The lad was ever a rover, loving and laughing free,
Far too clever a lover not to be having still
A lass in the town and a lass by the road and a lass by the farther hill —
Love on the field and love on the path and love in the woody glen —
(Lad, will I never see you, never your face again?)

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Book Reviews

‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

After reading the first novel in the Tufa series, Hum and Shiver, I wanted to know what would happen with the main protagonist – the Bronwinator – and the dark – haired people in the Appalachian Cloud County. This is a story about life in a small village and about the two main families of the dark and light fairy people called the Tufa.

The protagonist of the story is  Rob Quillen – a winner at the known game show – “So you think you can sing”. His world has come crashing down around him as his wife dies in an air-crash when she flies to see him at the show final. When trying to heal his wounded heart, he goes on a pilgrimage to Tufa county after a mysterious guide has pointed him in the direction of an old secret song that can heal his broken heart.

With his beloved gone, and his career both awash and uninspiring, Rob takes the chance and makes his way, settling in to the Catamount Corner motel on the edge of Needsville, home of the Tufa.

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The Tufa Novels * The Hum and the Shiver Book Reivew

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee.  When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there.  Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history.  But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations….

6359416_f520Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq wounded in body and spirit.  But her troubles are far from over.  Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless “haint” has followed her home from the war.  Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her.  With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people, and let it lift her onto the night winds?

Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .

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Book Reviews Stephen King

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (6)

The pivotal sixth instalment in King’s bestselling epic fantasy saga provides the key to the quest that defines Roland’s life.

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Poetry

It is you (I have loved all along) (Dana Glover)

red_wedding_by_mariannainsomnia-d71xff9There is something that I see
In the way you look at me
There’s a smile, there’s a truth in your eyes

But an unexpected way
On this unexpected day
Could it mean this is where I belong
It is you I have loved all along

It’s no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
You’re the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved all along

There were times I ran to hide
Afraid to show the other side
Alone in the night without you

Hug-Day-Pics-2014But now I know just who you are
And I know you hold my heart
Finally this is where I belong
It is you I have loved all along

It’s no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
You’re the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved all along

hug-day1Over and over
I’m filled with emotion
Your love, it rushes through my veins

And I am filled
With the sweetest devotion
As I, I look into your perfect face
It’s no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
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You’re the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved
It is you I have loved
It is you I have loved all along