Saturday, November 12, 2011

Top 5 Ways to Kill your Love of Reading

Here on Sensual Sunday we like to post things that concern the senses, most often touch as in I touch him, he touches me, and my heart just pops. Today, though, we will be delving into the world of love - the love of reading. The author of Farsighted has graciously stopped by to talk about reading. Her new book, Farsighted also deals with sight - the lack of it and with second sight. Look for my review of her

Friday, November 11, 2011

Misleads and Twists

Welcome to the world of twists and turns, mind bending fun and suspense. Are you up to letting your brain relax in order to see new sights and working it hard to follow the maze of clues and misleads? If you are up for a challenge, you will like our two new choices !

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Before the Demonstrations: A Call to Civic Responsibility

For Common Things:  Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
Jedediah Purdy
Vintage Books, Copyright 1999

Myself, I'm a cynic, not anywhere near as hopeful as an ironist, but still I found this book fascinating.  Purdy is idealistic in the truest sense without, amazingly, becoming either dogmatic or partisan, and while I may not agree with all of his politics,  the landscape he paints depicting the way contemporary Americans think is flawless.  Granted, the Millenium was still on the horizon when this book was printed, and the insane economic environment we now find ourselves in was just a glint in the eye of some mortgage packager at a Wall Street firm, but the way we think about the world around us, as he describes it, still rings true.

"We live in the disappointed aftermath of a politics that aspired to change the human predicament in elemental ways, but whose hopes have resolved into heavy disillusionment.  We have difficulty trusting the speech and thought that we might use to try to make sense of our situation.   We have left behind an unreal hope to fall into a hopelessness that is inattentive to and mistrustful of reality."

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Fate of the World

Today we have an interview with award winning author, Michele Poague. Her new trilogy, the Healing Crystal, now has Heir to Power book one and Fall of Eden book two currently on sale. Ransom book three will be available in early 2012.

How did the story come about?  I have always loved reading. When I read the Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey made writing look easy. It wasn't. One morning in the early 80's, I pictured this young woman with long white hair and I knew where she lived. She carried a palm-sized crystal and I knew what it was, and what the story was going to be about, but in the 80's and 90's I didn't have time to write the story.    

Just for You

One of our readers asked about fairy tales. Since I had a simple one on hand that I had written, I sent it to her. It occurred to me that I could post it as well. This is a tale for a very young audience, maybe 8 years old. I wrote it for my nieces and nephews, so I included their names. If you want to read it, here it is.