Friday, June 24, 2016
Written in 2011, the studies and data used in this book are new and serve to further our understanding of the brain and how it works. With its short-length it's more of an overview than an in-depth look, but it's worth listening to because of the current findings the author uses.
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Leonard Mlodinow
The Seven Sins of Memory - Daniel L. Schacter
The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits - Kent Greenfield
Friday, June 17, 2016
While I always enjoy the realistic narration of the characters' turmoil by Hobb, I sometimes find myself suffering from sympathy fatigue while listening. I liked the strictly mentally-based magic system with its limitations that was eventually revealed to be something much bigger. Despite Fitz's many losses throughout life, in the end the joining of friends and allies gives him a new one.
I enjoyed reading this series and I plan on reading the other books that take place in this world.
Books in the Series:
Friday, June 10, 2016
I've begun asking friends for their favorite media (books, movies, music albums) as gifts. Two of my friends named the Pendergast series as their favorites and gave me this novel to start me with. I was immediately hooked with the supernatural flavor of the novel. I feel I would have enjoyed it more if I had read a few previous books to get a better feeling for the two main characters, but I still enjoyed their company as they took me along for the ride. Aloysius is a character with a flare for theatrics and a plethora of skills, while Constance is better with infiltration and social interaction.
I will be joining them again soon on their investigations, I have no doubt.
Books in the Series:
Relic (Book 1)
The Book of the Dead (Book 7)
Cemetery Dance (Book 9)
Friday, June 3, 2016
While the prayer at the very end titled "The Eyes of Jesus" is obviously Christian, many of the prayers are non-denominational and could readily be used by those of many different faiths. I noted that many of my non-Christian friends would likely find his "In Praise of [Elemental]" series, one for each of the four elements, useful. My favorites from this collection came from multiple chapters, including "For the Senses", "For a New Father", "For Exile", and "On Meeting a Stranger".
The only qualm I have with this book is the gold ink used for the titles of the prayers and the blue ink used for the prayers themselves. While it was easy on my eyes, I could see it being an issue for those who have difficulty seeing. I will undoubtedly be purchasing this wonderful book for my permanent collection and reading more of O'Donohue's fabulous work.
More By This Author:
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong