Ahh the topic that will never die. Recently on book twitter (because it’s always on twitter) there was a flaming row debate about how people that write negative end of year posts (ie worst of the year/most disappointing etc) were evil and should burn in hell wrong to do so. So here we are again. Even though I’ve discussed this before (more than once), I feel like there’s still more to say on the topic. Because I would go further than saying “negative reviews aren’t that bad”- I think there’s a lot of positive things to say about them too.
Negative reviews make positive reviews more meaningful. The whole point of reviews is to get an honest reaction from a reader- otherwise it’s not a review at all. As Briana from Pages Unbound pointed out in her brilliant post on this topic, sticking to purely positive reviews…
Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.
Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.
Henry Dark has long believed that the world around him is a thin veil masking the true reality of existence. Strange events start taking place, inducing him to take a trip West with his beloved wife Alice. Their trip leads to the Lagoon of Lost Loves as well as a riddle duel with the King of the Trolls.
Is there such a thing as meaning? Henry asks himself, as he struggles to understand the very words he uses. Is language a Cage of Light that captures meaning, or has the meaning escaped? And does the trip they’ve taken draw Henry and Alice closer together, or is she to be a sacrifice in his search for the truth?
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What is it with all these words and do they have anything to do with meaning?” then this is the book for you. Surreal and absurd, using language to express what can’t be expressed with language, Cage of Light will have you wondering if you ever understood anything in the first place.
Scroll back to the top and start your voyage with Henry and Alice. You never know where it’ll lead.
Arjun, a young man, doesn’t know what he wants from life. He seeks spiritual wisdom for seeking the answers and happiness. Arjun realizes that his mind is not pure, so he isn’t worthy of ancient wisdom. Arjun decides to purify his mind so that he becomes worthy of achieving the ancient wisdom and divine powers. This starts the spiritual journey of Arjun. In his quest for ancient wisdom, Arjun meets many wise masters. He seeks answers to various important questions of life from them. With the help of practical examples and small stories, these wise people help Arjun in getting free of common human weaknesses. Arjun goes past his weaknesses and purifies his mind and heart. These teachings from Yoga and Psychology are useful for everyone to resolve the troubles caused by jealousy, ego, attachment, religion and discontentment.
Arjun, in the guidance of various masters and wise friends, learns to overcome his weaknesses. He learns discipline, contentment, and how to go past his ego. He becomes capable of seeing the reality in the midst of all illusions. Arjun becomes aware of the difference between love and attachment. He understands how to bring unconditional happiness in life and see it separate from pleasures. All this training makes his heart pure and mind calm.
Here Arjun represents a modern confused man who wants to achieve the material pleasures and spiritual wisdom both. The readers will relate themselves with the questions of Arjun. Author firmly tells that readers will find the solutions of their own problems too. Be ready to be a part of Arjun’s spiritual journey.
Synopsis: What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.