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Cherished Witness(New Orleans Detectives #1)

Kelly Watson, aka Teresa Pastral, threw the Fifth Amendment out the window when she testified against her mob boss husband at his murder trial. Now divorced, she has begun a new life in the Witness Security Program.Only...the mob finds her, thanks to handsome ex-lawman J.T. Romano, who uses her as bait to lure the man who murdered his wife and unborn child to town. To ensure her safety, she is forced to trust J.T., the man who has betrayed her to the mob.

But can she trust him with her heart?

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Аё§аёёа№€аё™аёЈаё±аёЃ аё™аё±аёЃаё”аё™аё•аёЈаёµ 16(Nodame Cantabile #16)

As a xylophone player myself, the fact that Ninomiya-sensei drew Nodame playing this chromatic idiophone instrument and placed it on a cover makes me insanely happy. All these times, the covers are almost always brass/strings instruments. Even percussion only appeared once (a timpani in Volume 14). Im not blaming Ninomiya-sensei though, as percussions are hardly used in orchestra. But wait, cymbals also made appearance on the cover of Volume 22!

(^.^)Nodame Cantabile is the best music slice-of-life manga out here in the world. So much feelings. It makes me laugh, makes me cry, brings me every emotions I could bottle up. Overall, this series is one of the best manga series in my opinion.

I wish Ninomiya-sensei never ended this :(

11.03.2016 Biography

How to Write Tibetan Calligraphy: The Alphabet and Beyond

Oh, I so admire artistic people. Drawing, painting, sculpture, music, and calligraphy. Perhaps, especially calligraphy which I have always found difficult. When I found this wonderful book on learning to write the Tibetan alphabet, I thought I would give it a shot to see if I could somehow progress a bit further than my previous experiments with the brush.The discipline to make lettering look gorgeous is also somewhat meditative.

Or at least it is for me as I mess up countless piece of paper in my endeavour to finally succeed with the art of calligraphy. In this book, you learn not only the Tibetan letters but also mantras, seed syllables, and prayers. In fact, I just enjoyed reading it, hoping I could visualize my way to success.In this pure realm, surrounded by snow mountains,you are the source of complete happiness and benefitThe author, Sanje Elliott (thanks to Goodreader Itai for the video), is a wonderful artist and he brings a sense of calm to the book.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to enhance their calligraphy skills while also learning about another religion.Book Season = Year Round (other side of the brain)

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A legszebb mesГ©im kincsestГЎra

Ebben a kötetben több mint negyven klasszikus mesét gyűjtöttünk össze. E bármely korosztály számára pompás szórakozást nyújtó kincsestárat, gyönyörű, színes illusztrációk egészítik ki.

11.03.2016 Biography

Darkness Visible: A Novel of the 1892 Homestead Strike

Darkness Visible imaginatively recreates a defining moment in American labor history: the battle between strikers and company-hired Pinkerton guards in Homestead, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1892. Disowned by his minister father, university student Emlyn Phillips forsakes the bleak coalfields of South Wales to make a fresh start. Aided by his brother-in-law Gwyn Jones, he finds a job in the Homestead Works of Carnegie Steel.

As Emlyn struggles to find a niche in the New World, he must wrestle with the demons that drove him from the Old.

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Crown of Thorns(Crown of Thorns #1-2)

“Imagine fighting a war with Jesus Christ on your side? You couldn’t lose! You’d be invincible…”“Soldiers always marched into battle carrying religious relics at the head of their army, or praying that God would help kill their enemies. It didn’t matter that the other side was doing exactly the same. Everyone wanted God on their side…”Until chapter 12, nothing happened except that the MC got the idea to clone Jesus Christ and found of a way to get the crown of thorns.The part in chapter 15 on how to seduce someone by doing the right move at the right time, breathing at the same rate than the person you want to seduce, pronouncing the right words in the right order, and so on is something to be read.

I know it works, at least on someone who doesn’t know the technique. If you practice it on someone who knows it, its guaranteed to make you hated by him or her.

The author called it hypnotic suggestion or induction, but I’d call it manipulation. And to hypnotize someone that way for months as Mike did to Louisa... No way!“No, if we cannot prevent the Oxford group from creating a clone, we at least must take the lead in the clone war and create and grow our own first...

and prevent others from doing so in the future. If Jesus Christ is going to come back for a second time, this time round he’s going to be an American!”Even though I am a greedy reader of scientific journals and I can understand a lot about many topics, including genetics, I found annoying the endless pseudoscientific blabla of the novel.

All chapter 22 is about how to make a clone, with all the information about ACGT bases,... Do we really need to know all that? I won’t clone anyone tomorrow anyway.Another part of the book is political blabla, which annoyed me even more than the scientific one. All this blabla should be shortened to tighten the plot.The question is: “Was it the right crown?” It was from the right period of time and the right place, but was it Christ’s crown?

No one knows for sure. And they found two different blood types on the crown. One of them was an unknown type they call G for God. And Professor Matthews put the crown on his head and he broke one thorn that got his blood on it. So who are they really cloning?Another part of the story is about recovering samples of the blood residues from each of the thorns on the Crown.

Personally, I am not much interested in this process itself. What interests me is the result.At 97% of the story, we can read: “They had agreed to start with the A-type blood first and perfect the process on a blood group they understood and were familiar with.” So the MCs have just decided what they should do.

Nothing important happened until then. No little baby Christ, not even the beginning of a Jesus’ clone. From the beginning up to 97%, we only read about people trying to borrow the crown or to steal it, then to find how get the right blood of it.If I had known, I wouldn’t have bothered to read book 1; I’d have bought the book 2, because nothing happened in book 1.If I give 2 stars to this book, this is only because this is not too poorly written.

But it’s supremely dull. That’s sad because it’s an interesting concept.

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El Verdadero Amante

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El Verdadero Amante
 
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Lope de Vega

FГ©lix Lope de Vega y Carpio (Madrid, 1562-Madrid, 1635). EspaГ±a. NaciГі en una familia modesta, estudiГі con los jesuitas y no terminГі la universidad en AlcalГЎ de Henares, parece que por asuntos amorosos. Tras su ruptura con Elena Osorio (Filis en sus poemas), su gran amor de juventud, Lope escribiГі libelos contra la familia de Г©sta.

Por ello fue procesado y desterrado en 1588, aГ±o en que se casГі con Isabel de Urbina (Belisa). PasГі los dos primeros aГ±os en Valencia, y luego en Alba de Tormes, al servicio del duque de Alba. En 1594, tras fallecer su esposa y su hija, fue perdonado y volviГі a Madrid.

AllГ­ tuvo una relaciГіn amorosa con una actriz, Micaela LujГЎn (Camila Lucinda) con la que tuvo mucha descendencia, hecho que no impidiГі su segundo matrimonio, con Juana Guardo, del que nacieron dos hijos.

Entonces era uno de los autores mГЎs populares y aclamados de la Corte. En 1605 entrГі al servicio del duque de Sessa como secretario, aunque tambiГ©n actuГі como intermediario amoroso de Г©ste. La desgracia marcГі sus Гєltimos aГ±os: Marta de Nevares una de sus Гєltimas amantes quedГі ciega en 1625, perdiГі la razГіn y muriГі en 1632.

TambiГ©n muriГі su hijo Lope FГ©lix. La soledad, el sufrimiento, la enfermedad, o los problemas econГіmicos no le impidieron escribir.

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Comeback: poems in conversation

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Peter Esterhuysen

Comeback: Poems in conversation 1984-1989Peter Esterhuysen & Paul MasonSimon’s Town: Bodhi Books, 2009ISBN: 978-0-620-41243-8Pback; 72ppComeback is a collection of poems that celebrate and commemorate the friendship between Peter Esterhuysen and Paul Mason. The book consists of three sections. The first, Remembering Peter, gives some biographical information about Peter Esterhuysen in the form of Paul Mason’s introduction; an obituary published in the Mail & Guardian and a poem Peter wrote in direct response to his illness, called ‘A wreath of sixty-five roses’ and a longer poem ‘A common calling’ Paul wrote retelling their friendship.

Peter Esterhuysen was born with cystic fibrosis, but defied his medical prognosis not only by living much longer, but by leading an inspiring life, contributing to the arts and the South African community through storytelling, film making and a deep dignity he brought to humanity through his life and art.

He worked in the field of television and film scriptwriting and comic literature used in educational entertainment, but also wrote textbooks, plays and poetry. The main body of Comeback is the section called Echoes which consists of a series of poems written by both poets between 1984 and 1989. They are selected and presented in the collection in a way that reflects each other.

Some of the poems were clearly written either together as friends or written in direct response to the other’s poem. The most direct example of this are the two poems ‘It is’ by Mason and ‘It isn’t’ by Esterhuysen. Images that recur in both poems are a mezuzah on a doorframe, a fanlight reflecting light, a landlocked boat, a rearview-mirror, a window lit and darkening. Surprisingly Mason’s poem which is more nostalgic, perhaps romantic, in tone ends in a sense of loss and separation, whereas Esterhuysen’s poem, lighter, slightly self-deprecating in tone, holds out a hand at the end ‘that draws me to your door’.

These poems work as companion pieces and it is the juxtaposition and repetition of images in slightly tilted contexts that provide them with an additional liveliness. Although arranged in a form of dialogue, clearly giving a greater sense of a shared context, not all the poems reflect their companion pieces as directly. More often they reflect each other thematically in concerns with writing, or in contrasting experiences of the self and community.

Mason’s poems tend to be longer (though certainly they are short poems, not often running into more than one page), perhaps more doleful, or occupied with disillusionment and a sense of futility or uncertainty about the value or effect of his efforts or sense of self. I am unable to resume my books,My former resolve rendered desolateBy the image of all those othersWho are each saying I, just like me(the me I imagine myself to be).

(From: I’s images)Mason explores contrasting impulses of the self: towards renunciation - a wish to remain unchanged, still, an essential self - expressed in ‘Don’t speak my name when I am gone….

Ses me as death… Be oblivious of me… Certify me unspeakable… Take me nowhere with you… Leave me still, / unchanging. / Renounce me. This is put against a wish to live in flux, the self shaped by communality and memory expressed in Speak me. / Breathe my every word. Sanctify my life and death./ Be me.Esterhuysen’s poems tend to be denser and though addressing serious issues of self and society, comes across at times as almost playful and at other times as angry and satirical in the after-read thought.

He often uses an ironic tone, rhetoric questions and juxtaposing or repeating images in changed contexts. ‘The poet and the underwriting’ comments on the role of artists in a violent repressive society as apartheid South Africa, but also questions the stance of the poet’s wish to remain individualistic and separate from events. “Be strange to me” the poet demands and is then shown, perhaps the littleness of this wish - “the guns will be strange” the poem says and ‘will tear reality into being’ And this continues: “The dead bodies will be strange, will underwrite every word”….

“the poets most of all, /most of all, will be strange, /will die desperate deaths…” with the wry question “will their cries…. / ne any stranger / than the rest?”Several of the poems expereiment with line and linguistic forms. ‘This and That’ of Esterhuysen is a shaped form with expanding and contracting line length. In “Yet another poem about myself” he uses grammatical terms to express a sense of a fragmentary exisiting within a relation “your marrying stare con-/jugates what I appear/ to you” and juxtaposing a sense of ‘you-ness’ with ‘my amness’.

Mason similarly experiments with breaking off words to give a sense of discordance in ‘The poet is addressed by his public”.

“We are glad your are st/ ill with us” and “capitalising on the bound / less material” are examples of such lines where the second part of the word also stands on its own, taking on a different meaning for a moment, commenting satirically on the attitude of the reading public.

It does not work consistently throughout the poem and with both sections of the broken words in every instance though. Themes addressed in these poems, echoing each other, are friendship, relationships with friends and loved ones, balancing a sense of self with others, urban life, alienation and loneliness, living within a context of social violence, writing as a form of knowing, reading, art, individuality and the longing to share, despair, responding with integrity to one’s inner and outer reality, the role of art in transforming society, the difficulty of finding meaning within daily routines and theories.

Although art is clearly central to both poets, there is a sense of a wry smile at the idea of art transcending the life it is lived in.

Esterhuysen acknowledges in ‘now and then’ that “poetry is a lonely place” The final section – Two Poems – consists of poems written by Paul Mason in 2006, after the death of his friend. These poems use images from classical mythology to express the effort involved in creating meaning from life, friendship, art, love – holding memories and the loved ones within oneself – ‘stilled, known, knowing’.Marike Beyers

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PoesГ­as. Romances. Letrillas. Redondillas. DГ©cimas. Sonetos. Sonetos Atribuidos. Poemas: Soledades. Polifemo y Galatea. PanegГ­rico. PoesГ­as Sueltas. (Sepan Cuantos, #262)

Luis de GГіngora y Argote se mantiene tan fuerte a travГ©s de los siglos, que siempre suscita las mismas acaloradas discusiones que provocГі en vida. Algo muy hondo tiene que latir en el hombre y, sobre todo, en su obra para que su vigencia se haya hecho permanente.Con esta obra, el lector se adentrarГЎ en el mundo poГ©tico de GГіngora, quien fue, en el orden de la creaciГіn, un verdadero revolucionario dentro de la estГ©tica universal, ademГЎs de mГЎximo exponente de la poesГ­a, no sГіlo en EspaГ±a, sino tambiГ©n en la Europa del siglo XVII.

Las creaciones de este autor obedecen a una nueva sensibilidad y a una nueva visiГіn del mundo.La poesГ­a de GГіngora contiene vida a borbotones, esa bullente y eterna vitalidad del hombre y del poeta que vibran en su arte y que justifican que se diga que en la obra de este autor, arte y vida estГЎn de tal modo fundidos que no se sabe dГіnde comienza uno y dГіnde termina la otra.