Friday, February 27, 2015
Filled with citations, footnotes, and untranslated words, this work is for the more seasoned reader of Norse mythos. While some find untranslated words make the reading more difficult, I found that in many cases the choice to stick with the original word is helpful because English translations have connotations that the original words do not. While informative, it can be overwhelming at times due to being so densely packed, so I found it best to take it in small pieces. A fantastic piece aimed for the scholarly reader.
Roles of the Northern Goddess - Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson
Prose Edda - Jesse Byock (translator)
Rune Song - Edred Thorsson
Monday, February 23, 2015
I originally read this when I was in my late teens and now as I reach my thirties with more life experience, I find that I relate to this novel in different ways. The desires and goals of each woman in this novel are familiar to me in my own life. Gwenhwyfar's desire for a child and her feelings of helplessness in her situation, Morgaine's desire for independence and regret of participating in certain events, and even Vivienne's determination to guide the fate of the isle (the world) are situations that I can relate to in my own way. I looked forward to getting back to the story every day when I hopped into my car for my daily commute.
If you're the type who likes alternative tellings of Arthurian legends and a feminine point of view, this is the novel for you.
Books in the Series:
Mistress of Magic - Book 1
The King Stag - Book 3
The Prisoner of the Oak - Book 4
Friday, February 20, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Worship and understanding of the Gods changed as philosophy became a popular past time. And as Christianity grew in popularity, the cults and their gods had to go into hiding because of persecution. While the gods disappeared as religion, they reappeared in the pursuit of astrology and astronomy, which used references to mythology to identify constellations or star formations. In the renaissance, they saw a revival in sculptures in chapels, reimagined as saints or demons. Or in paintings of artists who were sometimes haunted by their presence.
For anybody who is interested in the history of the Greco-Roman Gods and Goddesses, this is a fantastic book that will provide insight into the ever-changing world.
Mythology - Edith Hamilton
Bulfinch's Mythology - Thomas Bulfinch
Monday, February 9, 2015
When Sally and Sonic embark on a mission to stop a train, they don't expect to encounter Geoffrey St. John, Sally's old flame. Even worse, they find a A Robot Rid[ing] the Rails. In a solo story, Knuckles plays a game of Lost...And Found as he seeks out who is holding the Chaotix hostage. After receiving a distress call, Rotor sets off in search of his family on Tundra Road.
The Freedom Fighters get a Blast from the Past, when a chunk of ice melts unleashing a Mobian cave bear on Knothole Village. The Chaotix finally discover who has been keeping them as Prisoners!. And Rotor finishes his mission on Tundra Road by rescuing his family.
The Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning series was on the air around this time, and you can see the influence in the comics with the inclusion of places like The Void and characters like Uncle Chuck and Muttski. The comics overall also started taking on darker and more serious themes, though mini-stories kept their more humorous tones. Those who enjoy the more serious side of the series will enjoy this archive.
Books in the Series:
Sonic the Hedgehog Vol 7
Sonic the Hedgehog Vol 9
Sonic the Hedgehog Vol 10
Friday, February 6, 2015
I watched the movie version of this many years ago, and I just now finally got around to reading the novel it was based on. The novel is much gorier and I appreciated that it delved so deeply into Bateman's psyche. While reading this I felt fascinated, sickened, and amazed at the activities Bateman so gleefully engaged in to torture his victims. Even though I wouldn't read it again, it was worth reading once.
American Psycho 2005
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Monday, February 2, 2015
Many other martyrs are covered in this book and it ends with a final section titled Anecdotes and Sayings of Other Martyrs.
When I originally read this during my Confirmation class back in High School I found it inspiring for a number of reasons. Although I had read about many witnesses and martyrs over the years it was always single person studies, so reading about a number of them together had a huge impact on me. It made me thankful to not only live in the times I do but also the place I do. Over the years I've had the opportunity to read similar texts, many of which were inspired by Foxe's book.
It's been about 15 years since I originally read this and it was interesting to return to it. After reading so many stories over the years, these stories seemed repetitious as I listened to them, but I still found their loyalty and belief inspiring. Foxe's Book of Martyrs will undoubtedly continue to inspire Christians for generations to come.
Josephus - The Complete Works
The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan