Station Eleven

Reading this book was forgetting where you were sitting reading it.  Everything dropped away.

It was an official book selection for a local library’s One Book, One Town.  That’s how I found it.

This is a reminder of how we are all connected and don’t remind it.  This is a reminder of how fragile society can be, yet rebuild at the same time if given the will of people to survive.

 

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All About the Quetzal

The book is by the late journalist and author Jonathan Evan Maslow and it is titled Bird of Life, Bird of Death.

Mr. Maslow documents his travels for a month through Guatemala during the 1980’s.  I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this book as Mr. Maslow talks about Guatemala’s past, present up to the 1980’s, and history as well and how all of these relate to the quetzal.

I’ve seen pictures of the quetzal and the quetzal is endangered.  They are beautiful birds and symbols of Guatemala’s past and a symbol for freedom because they cannot live in captivity.  Guatemala also has a very fascinating past as a country.

This book can be for a variety of people and interests.

Review: I Am the Cheese

I think I read this once years ago and didn’t get this book like I do reading it now. Reading this book is both creepy and haunting and one has to wonder where reality begins and ends, if it does at all.

Adam is narrating his story with pauses for transcripts of taped sessions.  They talk about clues and Adam being aware he is being drugged.

The story comes out that Adam and his world are not what everything appears to be.

Review: An Acceptable Time

This is one of those books that just leaves you with a “wow” feeling.

This is written by Madeline L’Engle and is part of A Wrinkle in Time, The Quartet, series.

Polly is with her grandparents in New England and discovers that she is above sacred space but also goes through a dimension in time that brings her back to the same area 3,000 years prior.  Polly meets the people who inhabited the area.  They think her a goddess.

This book touches on faith, religion, physics, science, and time.  10 out of 10.  A must read.

Review: The Black Cloud

I was reading this book on a day when the clouds were rolling in from an unusual summer storm just to the south of where I live.  The atmosphere fit the book.

The author, Fred Hoyle, was a well-known scientist and this comes through in the book.

An astronomer finds something out of order when taking pictures of the stars.  The only way for it to be described is as a black cloud that covers the Earth for a period of time and causes great chaos.  The story is mainly told from the scientist point of view.

A must for science fiction fans and those who love astronomy and doomsday tales.

I wonder if Steven King read this.  This has echoes of The Dome and also of Arthur Clarke.

10 out of 10.

Daily Prompt: Sail

via Daily Prompt: Sail

This word is a summer word.

Teaching English, English uses this verb to describe what a boat does.  Other uses include a balloon sailing up in the air, or a bird sailing on the wind.  Are wind surfers sailing or surfing or both?

Enya uses this in one of her songs.  She describes sailing away.

In English you can sail in, sail into, sail on, sail up, sail down, sail toward, sail away…..basically any type of direction you need to go.

Years ago I took a basic boating class and the instructor always complained about local birds pooping on the sails.  The physical sails are tough and strong but too much bird poop is a bad thing.

Hoist your sails and live your life.

Daily Prompt: Cringe

via Daily Prompt: Cringe

I spent over three hours and ended up with three large bags full of poison ivy.  Poison ivy makes me cringe.

Cringe is a normal reaction.  We can cringe at a lot of things and everyone is different at what they cringe at.  Some things we are afraid of others are not.  No one person is the same.

Also, how we cringe is different.  Some people are very physical and some people it can only be a twitch.  Others don’t show any physical sign.

What makes you cringe?  How do you cringe?  What do you notice when people around you cringe?