Happy New Years To Everyone! (And Happy Birthday To Me!)

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Yeaaah, that’s right. I’m a New Year’s baby. 🙂 Turning another year older just sounds so much fun, huh? Well… I like to look at it as “Another Year Wiser” and all that jazz. 🙂

It’s a wonderful thing, don’t ya think? The start of a new year, a fresh start, another chance to get things right?

As I counted down the seconds to the gong, I was unexpectedly filled with a lot of joy. That hasn’t happened in a LONG time, and… well… I’m hoping its a sign. 🙂 Let’s all truly have ourselves a wonderful new year!

2014 was… undoubtedly one of the more turbulent years of my life. Certainly not the worst, but it sucked more than rocked 85-90% of the time. But, there was still quite a bit of good sprinkled in-between the bad, and I can’t possibly forget about that!

So since 2014 was shitty enough without me having to recount all that happened to make it so, here’s the list of all the good (that I’m willing to share with all of you, that is xD) that happened in the last year:

  • I graduated with my first Masters. Finally.
  • Saving Mr Banks came out. (This was a good AND a bad. That movie sorta ruined AND made by last birthday)
  • CAPTAIN FUCKING AMERICA 2*
  • “YOU SAID IT, BITCH. WE’RE THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.”
  • ……BABY GROOT*  dnjksnfjnfjsknjlngsnglk
  • JOFFREY DIED. (And all the people rejoiced!!)*
  • THE SONG OF ACHILLES (Don’t get me started. This will be the first new book-review post of the year. Me being a spazztasic fandude over the perfection that is TSOA. *rains glory down upon it*)
  • Finding out there WILL BE ANOTHER BOOK IN THE SCARLET AND THE WHITE WOLF series!!! (Where, oh where, are you The King of Forever????)
  • CLAYMORE  (….also a good and a bad. Since it ENDED.)
  • INTO THE WIND
  • UNHINGED
  • OF LAST RESORT
  • This blog and ALL OF YOU. 🙂 I have made so many friends here and you guys are just awesome.
  • NETGALLEY (Holy gods how did I live without you???)
  • ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSELL AND JAMES
  • NaNoWriMo will always be perfect
  • Had operation. Finally. (Also a good and a bad.)
  • Signed up with a new agency.
  • Actually had some gifts under the tree (Was not expecting this AT ALL.)
  • The Librarians. Nuff said.
All instance of * means If you don't know what I'm talking about then we can't be friends. EVER. XD

Let’s hope for a better year filled with good things and so much more!

And welcome 2015! Year of the Sheep! Year of Evangelion! Please make this year’s birthday as FANTASTIC as it should be.

 

 

Does anyone actually fall asleep reading?

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I’ve heard the stories, and of course the quips (like, “I read in my sleep” etc, etc…) But does anyone actually fall asleep reading?

I haven’t. Well… at least not consciously, anyway. I don’t think “while being stuck in a hospital bed as they slowly pump sleeping aides into your veins” counts. I’m talking about not under the influence of anything. On a train, or on a plane, or even in bed. You might get a little sleepy. (I have, fer sure!) But how do you actually FALL ASLEEP WHILE READING? Furthermore, how do people even fall asleep in a chair? I don’t know how people do that! It’s just NOT COMFORTABLE. AT ALL.

Don’t get me wrong here. There’s nothing wrong with it! I just want to know if it really happens to people. And if it does, then how does it work?

Are you just… too tired to keep your eyes open? Or do you slowly drift off into the world of your book and eventually fall under? Or was the book too fucking boring so you just nodded off?

I’d really like to know, because this is really beginning to bug me. XD

I miss the good old days when I would come out of a store with a bag (or two) full of books…

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…or even a cart-full, as the above image accurately depicts… *EHEM, COUGH COUGH, scratches cheek*

Yeah, that’s right. I was one of those. Borders was my second home and favorite store in the whole wide world because of just how much I could get with a minimal amount of cash.

$100 — hell, even $50! — went a long way for a valued customer who got special discounts, was able to make special orders and not be charged extra for it, and was constantly on the prowl for the latest deal I could snag. $100 went a long, LONG ass way to filling my library to the extent it is today. That, and friggin’ AWESOME parents who understood that their child only wanted one thing from them…

And that was BOOK MONEY.

I mean, I even forewent lunch for days on end, saving up all my allotted lunch money so that when I saw a bookstore from the passenger or backseat of my parents’ Hyundai, and the car was abruptly swerved in said direction of bookstore — I, lo and behold, would emerge a hour or two (or three…) later with enough books to make the Library of Congress green with envy.

That’s the kind of kid I was. And that’s the kind of person I still am today.

Just with a shitton less money to spend on books.

Now it’s all bills and college loans and more bills. Which is why I put my long-cultivated talents to good use and stay on the lookout for those amazing deals, those book signings with free book giveaways, those libraries that have 50 cent to a dollar book sales, those ARCs you can try to swindle from author or publisher friends, and conventions and other events where excessive promotion and advertising = free (or nearly free) books and merchandise.

Of course when I do have the money for it (and even when I don’t… *quiet sob*), I will go out and buy the books and support the authors/artists/publishers/etc to my fullest. But when I can’t do that, I try to give the head’s up to others who can afford to splurge and get themselves a bag or cart-full of books.

And I will make my TBR (To Be Read) and WTRO2 (Want To Read Or Own) and SIWTGI (Series I Want To Get Into) lists… and I’ll share them with you.

And maybe, just maybe, one day the books listed on those “someday lists” will switch over to the Already Read or Own list.

Until then, I guess we just keep the faith.

And the excessive book drooling.

Is There A God or Goddess “of Books”? [Book Ninjas, I Need Your Help!]

Strange that this seems to be a difficult question to answer.

You would think, for all the different kinds of deities out there, there should be at least one, definitively for books ALONE, or at least for writing and literature right?

Well… maybe not so much.

The Greeks — who are our all-time favorite culture for having a god or goddess for EVERYTHING — seems to fall short in this category. Thus far, my findings show it could be a toss up between Apollo and Hermes. Or even Athena, who is goddess of wisdom. Maybe even the Muses – if you want to go with the idea that they are the inspiration which create and inspire books, writing, and literature into existence.

Other cultures might propose deities such as:
– Anansi, who is actually a West African spirit (and not actually a deity), is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.
– Baalat, who was the chief deity of Byblos, and is associated with books, libraries, and writers.
– Seshat, who is an Egyptian goddess, and a patron of writers and builders.
– Thoth, who is an Egyptian god, is considered patron of scribes and writing.
– Saraswati, who is a Hindu goddess and a patron of artists, writers, students, poets, and musicians.
– Ganesha, who is the Hindu god and patron god of writers, could also be a good choice.

 


I did find some information which I’m going to quote in its entirety for better understanding and consideration:

SOURCE: an answer given by Richard G. on Yahoo
Apollo was the divine patron of Poetry (among many other things). The Muses, however, were more directly involved with the creation of literature and other various forms of “writing.”The Muses were the daughters of Zeus, King of Olympus and leader of the Olympian Gods, and Mnemosyne, a Titaness (and Zeus’ aunt on both sides, Zeus’ parents being Mnemosyne’s brother and sister, Kronos and Rhea, who were also brother and sister to one another) who was known to be the divine patroness of memory. These nine goddesses inspired mortal men to create great works of art or contribute to various sciences, each in her own particular area, and all nine were associated with various fields and areas of knowledge that were recorded in writing.

Calliope: Epic Poetry (Epic Poetry is a form of poetry that does not really exist in modern times. Epic Poems are long poems that tell the deeds of a particular hero or of a particular legend or myth, such as the Ramayana, Beowulf, the Illiad and the Odyssey, or Paradise Lost.)
Clio: History
Erato: Love Poetry
Euterpe: Song and Elegiac Poetry (Elegiac Poetry was poetry that either was an elegy, or was composed in the meter and rhyme scheme in which elegies were normally composed in Ancient Greece)
Melpomene: Tragedy
Polyhymnia: Hymns
Terpsichore: Dance
Thalia: Comedy
Urania: Astronomy

Most of these goddesses, through their “inspiration” of mortals, made significant contributions to the collected recorded knowledge of Ancient Greece, but as you see, several of them were dedicated specifically to arts or fields that were SOLELY written (or initially written, then performed aloud): Calliope (Epic Poetry), Clio (History), Erato (Love Poetry), Euterpe (Elegiac Poetry), Melpomene (Tragedy), Polyhymnia (Hymns), and Thalia (Comedy).

I say that Hymns were primarily written before performed because the Greeks had a well developed system of music theory, compositional style and musical notation that we do not entirely understand, but that was nevertheless written down for the purposes of recorded music to be reproduced later on. If you want to be more strict in your definition, then perhaps restricting your “goddesses of literature” to the Muses who inspired the various forms of Poetry, Drama, and History would be best.

I hope this was helpful.

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However, regardless of how we try to validate our answers, the fact remains that there is NO SINGULAR DEITY FOR BOOKS. SPECIFICALLY. 

Which is complete shit and baffling beyond belief, if I do say so myself.

Unless the idea behind not having a singular deity was to imply that the act of writing and formulating of books and literature was too complex a job for a single deity to fulfill and thus have total ownership and claim to… If that is in fact the reason… then kudos to whoever thought of it.

If not, then back to what I was saying about it being complete shit.

We need to come up with our own deity of books, coffee, and reading. It’s complete nonsense such an important figure doesn’t exist as of yet.  –A–;;

Are there any references to Book Gods or Goddesses that you know of? Who would you nominate? I can’t even think of anyone who might fit the bill, but it’s insane that no one’s thought to make one yet! There’s gotta be someone, SOMEWHERE.

Can any of you book ninjas out there find some references to book deities in novels, mythos, or folklore and share it here with us? I’m super curious about this and NEED. YOUR. HELP!

I have no prizes for winners, only my eternal gratitude and the ever-wish to pass on knowledge to those who want to accumulate more of it, like myself. So go forth! And try to find some answers. As I find any, I’ll comment below with links and excerpts from books. Let’s see what we can find! 😉

Sorry for being so MIA lately…

Last month I had a long overdue procedure done… and after the operation things were going well—then not so well.. and now they’re better! That’s about all I gonna say on that.

On a much brighter note, I got in a LOT of reading while being stuck in bed in agony for days on end. 😀 😀 😀  So be prepared for lots of book reviews, short quick reviews, ranting, and general commentary shenanigans to follow in the days ahead!

For now, let me share with you a new favorite song that got me through the worst of… everything. Recently. Here is Nico & Vinz, “In Your Arms”

Laterz~

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Remember, Remember The Fifth of November… (It’s That Time of Year Again)

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Typically I celebrate this day with a long overdue showing of V For Vendetta, followed (or preceded) by the reading of said graphic novel of the same name… And dancing. Lots and lots of dancing. But this year, I think a little poetry is also in order, don’t you agree?

DISCLAIMER: I’m implying no hatred for the current Pope (since he’s proving to be a pretty awesome guy) by posting this. People were just really angry back then. Still are. But can you blame them?

 


The Fifth of November (1870)

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove England’s ovethrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

English Folk Verse, c.1870
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How will you spend your Guy Fawkes Night? Fireworks? Celebration? Bonfire? Dancing? Movie and a Book? Will this be just another day for you, or will it be remembered… as the lyric goes:

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