Pictures of light The shadows form a lattice on the wall The wall that glows in afternoon light Light which picks out the many-coloured bricks Bricks that stand so tall against a fearless sky Sky of a bright and everlasting blue Blue that will nonetheless fade... Fade like the shadows on the wall.
Not quite a poem?
A girl and a boy walked over the bridge hand-in-hand and the air around them glowed while the wind whipped past a lonely bus-stop.
a fraction of the whole: fine filigree twigs against a liquid sky, brittle being in the immutable immortal.
So often it is that it is when you have a million other things you should be doing that you find a bunch of good things on the internet. And so 'tis that amid assignments, busy work days etc. I have some links for you!
Firstly- Sarah Rees Brennan on murder mysteries. I found myself saying yes! That! And that! Her description of the type of novels that do not appeal, yes! Her impression of Dorothy Sayers talking to her editor about the character of Harriet Vane- yes again! All the way up to when she starts talking about the Ice House, and other books I haven't read. But maybe should, now.
And a great post on Evening All Afternoon (first I've ever read of this blog, but will read more now) about A.S. Byatt's Possession and the various voices therein. Yes I do think I am displaying my biases in my choice of links today, but any talk about why Possession is great is fine by me.
And lastly something very light-hearted: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books ran a competition to win a bed through getting readers to share wedding night stories. Many are hilarious, some sweet, some horrifying (but don't worry, none are particularly TMI) anyway an entertaining way to spend some time. EDIT to add one of the sweet examples: CarolPie "Finally, we got to our hotel at around 1 in the morning. Waiting in the lobby, me in my homemade dress and flower crown, my husband in his two dollar suit, I felt like we were two kids running around holding hands and playing dress up."
I honestly think that I read much more prolifically when I was a kid than I do now. At least, that's my excuse for having forgotten so many books. But not all forgotten books are forgotten in the same way. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld: there are books I remember, books I remember I have forgotten and books I forget I have forgotten altogether. For example...
Witch Week- Dianna Wynne Jones
I knew part of the plot of this story, but I'd forgotten the book. It drove me crazy, the story as I remembered did not match with 'Witch Week' so I knew it couldn't be it. Until I read it one day.
Turns out it was...
Indian Captive: The Mary Jemison Story- Lois Lenski
I read this book back in year 5 or 6, but completely forgot its existence until the other day. Reading a website dedicated to finding forgotten books, I came across one that reminded me of the existence of this book, reading something like 'girl is kidnapped by Indians'. There are millions of books with this plotline, it turns out, but this is my one. It's based on a true story! A girl on the American frontier is kidnapped by Native Americans, at first bitterly resenting her captors but later choosing to stay with them as part of the tribe. Apparently the real Mary Jemison narrated her life story at age 80 (check out her story on Wikipedia, pretty interesting). Anyway *ahem* I had totally forgotten this book existed, so pleasant surprise to remember it again.
There are a number of books like 'Witch Week' still that I haven't found (if you think you can help, one of them is up here in hope of identification, although I am beginning to think I imagined it), but the ones that are really exciting are the ones you stumble across, having forgotten them, and are able to greet them like old friends.
Some books that I lost, and found again, and really count as childhood favourites include:
Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles
A princess wants to avoid getting married, so sets off to be 'captured' by a dragon and away from princely suitors. Adventures follow. Read these books in the library, loved them, returned then lost them and found them after much searching. I've borrowed and read them many times, but only the other week found that there's one I haven't read! Need to hunt it down...
Jenny Nimmo Snow Spider series
Kind of cheating- I can't remember if I forgot it? I own 'The Snow Spider' but kept forgetting the sequels. As I recall these books were amazing (I'm actually planning to reread them soon). Based on the Mabinogion + Welshness. I could probably right a whole post on childhood favourites incorporating various aspects of British mythology.
As for the rest... I forget. Hopefully they will turn up again some day.