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Freshman year: How NOT to Deal with a Breakup, by King Shahryar

Step 1: Acknowledge the existence of this thing called 'rebound' and don't give in to it. Step 2: If you have completely disregarded Step 1, then in the name of sanity please don't murder your rebound wives after being married to them for twenty-four hours. It makes everything just super awkward between you and your … Continue reading Freshman year: How NOT to Deal with a Breakup, by King Shahryar

Freshman Year: Let’s do the time warp

It's just a jump to 1462, and then a step to Krakow. So due to something, no idea what, Mom had us jump from the sixth century to the fifteenth for the brief space of one book, The Trumpeter of Krakow, by Eric Kelly. Or maybe my list is mixed up. Who knows. It's okay. Not … Continue reading Freshman Year: Let’s do the time warp

Freshman Year: Attila the Hun actually, not Charlemagne

All images fangirled over in this post are from this website via google. Turns out I was mistaken when I said in my last post that the next post would be about Charlemagne. I thought Charlemagne was next, but I looked at my list and it turns out I've got a few books to go before we … Continue reading Freshman Year: Attila the Hun actually, not Charlemagne

Freshman year: St. Brendan the Navigator. Also Nanowrimo and writing

First things first, hello! So obviously I didn't get around to posting anything in November like I meant to.  Last month was kind of like the aftermath of a train wreck. Not in a destructive death way but more in a 'great glow cloud I agreed to do way to many things which do I … Continue reading Freshman year: St. Brendan the Navigator. Also Nanowrimo and writing

Freshman year: The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Photo from broadwaymusicalhome.com. I don't own it, Professor Google just found it for me. Sorry for the delay with this one... I've been working crazy hard this past week getting a story ready for submission to the podcast Cast of Wonders' flash fiction contest over at the escape artists forums, and now I'm sick.  But … Continue reading Freshman year: The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Freshman year: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Today we've got a situation very much like the Beowulf one last week: Once again, I forsook Tolkien for another translator.  Ghastly of me, yes, but as with Beowulf, Tolkien's translation felt needlessly flowery and complicated next to a translation we found by poet Simon Armitage. Again, Tolkien is wonderful, but reading his translations of Sir Gawain and Beowulf  kind … Continue reading Freshman year: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Freshman year: Beowulf

Sorry for the slight delay with this one. Life got busy and the family vacation sprang up on us all of a sudden. Not an auspicious start, having the second blog post a few days late, huh?   Beowulf! Everyone's heard of Beowulf at some point, probably.  Hardcore Tolkien fans will recognize this poem, thanks to the … Continue reading Freshman year: Beowulf

Freshman Year: The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff

So, I have not read nearly as many of Rosemary Sutcliff's books as I should. To be specific, I have only read one of her books even though I have three in my bookshelf waiting to be read at this moment.  The fact that The Eagle of the Ninth was my first of Sutcliff's books made … Continue reading Freshman Year: The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff