Friday, April 29, 2016
The first novel started out as light romance reading until the end and the series has progressively gotten darker and more war orientated as it's gone along. In this final book magic and war takes over, leaving only small bits of romance between the intense scenes of diplomacy and battle. I enjoyed this last book, but also noticed a few loose ends that hadn't been addressed by the end with some minor characters, but the major plot lines were complete. I'm curious if she left it open-ended for spin-offs. The one pitfall throughout this entire series is her terrible use of simile, like "death was playing with her like [a kitten] playing with a jingle ball".
This is a intense romance fantasy read complete with magic and action. It's sure to satiate many reading palettes.
Books in the Series:
Lord of the Fading Lands
Lady of Light and Shadows
King of Sword and Sky
Friday, April 22, 2016
|How did Tammie Willis, a deaf woman, earn her Masters in Music in 2003 without being able to hear? Having not always been deaf she knew what music sounded like, but learning music theory is an entirely different matter than just listening.|
Music is made of rhythms (sequences of beats), pitches (the highness and lowness of tones), and vibrato (variation in tone). Music theory has been taught for generations, but with new technology we can study it from a mathematical perspective providing a whole new view of how music works and what gives it its appeal. In a series of 12 lectures, Professor David Kung reveals these secrets the listener.
From the beginning Professor Kung grabbed my attention. The first lecture on Overtones where he isolates a single note down to its base note is fascinating. Pitch and Auditory Hallucinations is another fantastic lecture showing how composers trick our brains into hearing what may not be there. Self-Reference from Bach to Gödel is another favorite of mine in this series, showing how various composers made certain that everybody would know who wrote the piece.
Since the version I borrowed from the library only had audio, no video, I often had to make a mental note to look up items like certain waves or rhythm sequences when I got to computer. I feel with this series of lectures, it is beneficial to have the video alongside the audio because of all of the visual components he includes. For anybody who wants to learn more about music this is a must-watch.
More Audio Lectures:
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain - Oliver Sacks
Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook - Joscelyn Godwin
Friday, April 15, 2016
Journeying and The Trinity chapters felt especially strong with the amount of prayers, many of which I was familiar with myself. Dark Forces includes a number of powerful prayers for protection and a wonderful bit on the understanding of confession. A variety of readers will find this book a delight to read for its spiritual content and down to earth understanding of faith.
Fire in the Head - Tom Cowan
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Friday, April 1, 2016
Plot Twist David J. Schow is a disturbing tale of what goes wrong when the situation gets dire.
Benjamin Percy tells the disturbing tale of a man who Unearthed more than just historic remains.
Little Red's Tango by Peter Straub tells the curious tale of the sometimes saint.
Of the 24 stories collected in this anthology, I only found the six above memorable. Although Ramsey Campbell and Peter Straub delivered, the other four big names, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Thomas Ligotti, and Joe Hill fell short. My other four favorites were from those I hadn't previously heard of. I was disappointed and don't recommend this anthology.