Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.  (p. 357) ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is a series consisting of three books, and this one is the first one in line. The story is set during World War… Continue reading ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

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‘Misery’ by Stephen King (1987)

[H]e had seen this look... or, more precisely, this unlook. The word which defined it was catatonia, but what frightened him had no such precise word – it was, rather, a vague comparison: in that moment he thought that her thoughts had become much as he had imagined her physical self: solid, fibrous, unchannelled, with… Continue reading ‘Misery’ by Stephen King (1987)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

Because the yard of this house is a graveyard of moments, and everything left behind is a reminder: sandpaper, a bracelet, a love note, some letters, a match, a movie ticket stub, a postcard. All of Door County is a burial ground. All of the world. And I am here to dig. The story begins… Continue reading ‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

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‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)

Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do. I know I’m only a faerie, a tiny speck in the world, but then I look at the things I’ve seen and… Continue reading ‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)

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Classics: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde (1891)

’Each of us has Heaven and Hell in him, Basil’, cried Dorian, with a wild gesture of despair. Hallward turned again to the portrait, and gazed at it. (...) It was from within, apparently, that the foulness and horror had come. Through some strange quickening of inner life the leprosies of sin were slowly eating… Continue reading Classics: ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde (1891)