Day One of Freedom

Dear reader,

As I have mentioned before, I am moving away. I did it. Unfortunately without a kind word and support from my family. Just to continue my luck – as soon as I turned a corner my wheel of suitcase fell off. I had to drag a bag and suitcase for a mile to bus, from bus to strain and then to railroad down the steps. My blisters are amazing and hands still hurt. I guess it is a price of freedom. 

I could only take two books. Note I am not religious. These are the books that came with me: The Books of Enoch, The Apocrypha and Fundamentals of Astrodynamics. My laptop and external hard-drive are with me. It will be possible a month or so until I see my dear books. As long as my mother doesn’t throw them out. 

I am currently reading The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning – unfortunately so far I am fairy disappointing. Was hoping it would give tips. Well this is all I have to say for the day.

Read!

R.H.

Love Stories

Dear Reader,

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Love – feeling that can be experienced by looking at two beavers holding paws while sleeping. Looking at Great Dane trying to jump on its master’s lap and hide there. Kiss on first date – knowing you want to kiss this person again. There are many ways to describe love and I leave it to professionals to do so.

Greatest love stories of all times come from legends such as Bronte, Shakespeare, Austin or E. L. James. The question is “How do you know it’s a great love story?”

Honestly speaking I have read Wuthering Heights – google greatest love stories and according to few lists it is on number one list – I did not like this story. While reading Romeo and Juliet, I do agree that it is a cool story, but not great – yet if to consider that it was one of the first of its kind, it was a great draft for a start.

I personally love Jane Eyre. Something about this Victorian novel that captures me.  I am not saying that it should be everyone’s preference, but it is my experience and desires that drive a need for this kind of romance. Then again as person grows and changes, experiences change too and preference for romance change too.

I like romance novels, I love feeling the excitement of love that is impossible to be felt in real world. The perfection of the moments that my clumsy self would not even nurture of doing. Professional writers are there for us to keep experience the illusion of love, experience which honestly speaking is one of most hurtful.  This is why I constantly seek stories that might give me the next fix of this drug.

So what are the novels that give us the high? Not long ago it was Twilight, the dangerous kind of love of taboo – talking about necrophilia. Vampire stories are not new to the literature world, but it is Dracula and Interview with the Vampire – these stories made vampires into slick and sexy creatures that are dangerous and with a simple flick of jaw can kill the heroine. I guess it is brining on new era that people wanted a new type of vampire, type that is very different from what we have seen before, but lovable non-the-less. This is how sparkling skin comes by, women love diamonds as much as they love sex, men and money… and vampires. To be completely honest: I did like the series when they first came out, before the movie and a complete pussification of a male lead. So Twilight is out, for me at least.

After doing the dead and brining all of the teenage panties down, there is a need for an old fashioned love drama.  Thus is how the stage was taken by Fifty Shades of Grey, Thoughtless and Crossfire novels

-Fifty Shades of Grey – took all of the screaming. I know for a fact that it not a first novel to be written on subject of dominance and sex. I think all of the fuss was on the matter of it being a Best Seller. “How could such vile book reach the front of the stands?!” Well it did and rightfully so. Unlike most trashy $5 novels hiding in the back shelves, it is a well written book. It is not about scenes being wrote out or how sexual they are (they are great thou!), it is a style of writing that is very professional. Gives a sense of reading a classical novel. Other reason for this book to get this much fuss, is that it is not only about sex. By reading one book and getting offended – masses got into protests against the work of fiction. I would say that this book made me cry, laugh and wonder. There were obvious hints on the matter of psychological health of Christian Grey, but it is in the next two books that writer explores the nature of it. First book is not an answer to why so many love it.

-Thoughtless – ah the cheating girlfriend book.  I would put it in the Twilight category, I see it as a teenage love story, of cheating girl – with which we have to sympathize. Like the Twilight heroine has to suffer for everyone to come together and realize the mistakes. I think it is just me who could not feel sorry for a girl that had a hot boyfriend and she could not wait for her man to return. There are better stories of love and cheating, for which I do not have to get a barfing bucket for.

-Ah and finally Crossfire novels – I read a first book, and honestly loved it. It was similar to idea of Fifty Shades; rick man, submission, psychological health and sex. This time it is heroine that has a past of abuse, and it is still up to a man to bring her to her knees, while give her freedom from a choice. I think it is directed towards most people not only sexually. Control is a good thing, but difficult to maintain. To some control comes as a natural, others would rather be controlled. I think this is why the new love stories are about struggle for the control.

After all of the Victorian novel being rewritten with the monsters, it is now that all of the romance is going towards the control and money. Love story with a poor ending, not very arousing – or I have not read one that is, yet.

What is your fix?

Read!

R.H.

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Moving Books

Moving Books

Dear Reader,

Was away for as while, but it is mostly due to my crazy job. I thought it is time to update my blog and rumble a little about reading.
I am currently in New York, a place that I am sick and tired of. Luckily I expect to move to Maryland by Monday or Tuesday. Hot place it is and very different form where I am right now. Catch is that on the first moving trip I can only take so many books – suitcase and bag are the only items going, so imagine my temptation of not taking any clothing with me.
I promised myself that I will not take more than 10 books with me, and that I will only take books I have not yet read, or studying books. Do you guys have any suggestions as to what to take with me? I know you don’t know what I have, but genre can be suggested too!
Thank gods I do have many of my eBooks on My Passport (external hard-drive). I do feel sorry for leaving couple of thousands books behind, but no other way to go about it.
Ok so far I complained about books being left behind. In my next post I will talk about love, topic I think easy to relate to.
Read!
R.H.

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The Host: Book vs. Movie

The Host: Book vs. Movie

Dear Reader,
Yes I am back, still limping after finals, but back. Now mostly listening to 50’s and 60’s music and reading. Atlantic waters are still cold, but I had a swim non the less.
Back to the topic. THE HOST!
Book was fun, I read it during the night, two nights in a row – guess who slept till noon next day?! Whole concept on how Mayer looked of animals inhibit planet and how they see their inhibition of other organisms was interesting.
Movie – oooh it brought a totally different light to a picture, in movie characters were more appealing. Seekers host was much more interesting. In movie it is also how the final host of Wanda was chosen was interesting.
Book vs. Movie: as rare as it is, I would say movie is better. I liked that in book Wanda was telling stories – which most do not like in modern times – “keeping it real” – yeah right!
In book Wanda was too self mutilating. I would think a higher intelligence being would think itself out of most situations. Book also screwed up how people aka children and teens could not be brought back. Then they get nice and stuff and re-posses a critter into the kid. Movie did a better job, they showed a way to bring Wanda back, without “going host hunting”. Poor Ian in the book got a teen, thousand year old bugger on his shoulders.
Anyhow: How did you like movie, book or both?
Read!
R.H.

The Riddle of the Labyrinth

Dear Reader,

I am very excited to tell you, that today during our college lecture, I had the opportunity to hear and excerpt being read from this book. Why is it so special?
A. Book will not be out for sale for another week, and we students of Brooklyn College had the opportunity to buy it today.
B. Author Margalit Fox was there herself, read to us, gave few warm and quite clever words.
C. Person who was of interest in Ms.Foxs’ book is Alice Kober, who was one of first female professors in Brooklyn College. This person is now being credited for the works in deciphering Linear B.
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You can only imagine my excitement: I was a big kid in the store.
The only down part is that book was $31, while I can pre-order it on amazon for $16. Lucky me, I am a poor student who doesn’t carry cash and will but book on Amazon.
I hope you guys check out this book, it is one of the fun topics to read about: history, mystery, untimely death and greatness in struggle. Also do consider that there are few books on the subject, when I mean few, I MEAN VERY FEW! I can find more books on King Arthur or St. George but not enough on Crete and Linear B.

Read dear Reader,

R.H.

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Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Dear Reader,

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does the GIF animation is worth then? While scouting GoodReads I noticed that instead of writing long reviews, many use memes’ and GIF animations to support their reviews. I wondered if it what people like? Well obviously GoodReads is a big reading community, I even have found that reading Manga for some is a sacrilege towards books.
This is why I wonder, do people prefer to see well written reviews or meme? It is obvious that not all of us are writers, I’m not, and cannot do a Master Thesis on every book. There are some books that inspire the living hell out of you, but others – not so much.
I want to know what do you think dear Reader: Is it effective and right to use meme and GIF or we should keep practicing witting out our reviews?

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Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey

It is not a secret that Fifty Shades of Grey was under a serious consideration for filming. One of the hardest tasks is picking the right actor and actress for the lead. For months creators were teasing us as to who should play the lead.
According to US Poll of the Week, 54% said that Alex Pettyfer should play Christian. From I am Number Four to Magic Mikes’ star stripper – do you guys think that Pettyfer can fill the shoes?
Read!
R.H.

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City of Bones Vs.Mortal Instruments

Dear Reader,

Honestly speaking, again, I have not yet read City of Bones, I did read first chapter. The book was bought few months ago and was dusting my shelf for some time now. Yet, now it seems that time is pressing and I should read it before movie comes out. Oh yes, for rock-dwellers: Movie comes out August 23 of this year.
Honestly speaking movie crew reminds me of Beastly and I am number four. Actors are just very similar and their play. So yes, book is about angel fighters against demons. Very typical save the world by very incompetent and unready person type of storyline.
What do you guys think: Will book beat the movie, or the other way around?
Read!
R.H.

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Books you would stay up for?

Dear Reader,
HarperTeen published a video with books that they believe people would stay up late for. I know these books, but have not yet read them. They seem like cool teen books, but for me some of them overused the topics – or I just read too many similar ones.
What do you guys think is it a promotion try or its true and they are this great?
Read!
R.H.