Day: June 17, 2017

Review: The Three Sisters

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The Three SistersBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to The Three Sisters, a Russian play published in 1900 by Anton Chekhov. What an introspective work, but then again, Chekhov is always at the top of this particular game, that is, presenting a slice of life we know dear to our hearts. In this one, perhaps his most famous play, three sisters are stuck in a small Russian village, but year to be back in Moscow. Circumstances prevent it. If you don’t know any Russian history, you might want to brush up on it before taking this one on. I struggle to recognize this book came about less than two decades before the famous Romanov family was executed. It feels so very different yet so much the same. I digress. This story is about choice. Or lack of choice. Or more appropriately denying yourself the ability to choose because you lack the confidence to do what you need to do. The three sisters, arguably quite different, might indeed by the same woman inside. Life is hard. Seeing what happens around you when someone else controls the minutes, can be difficult. And you feel stagnant. But when this happens, a writer can capture the beauty of something known as nothing. It’s the little things… that make life so interesting… and this book so wonderful.



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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Sister Carrie

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Sister CarrieBook Review
3 out of 5 stars to Sister Carrie, one of the greatest American novels of true realistic cum naturalistic tone, published in its final form in 1900 by Theodore Dreiser. Some of my favorite literature comes from this time period in American history. Writers took extreme liberties with creating the most realistic point of view and portrayal of characters who were living the American dream, or at least attempting to. All details were painfully described when it came to what was going on in their lives. It wasn’t about how you brush your teeth from left to right, but it certainly came close. Feelings were clear. Words were prolific. It was less about the plot and drama, the shock and the surprise, but more about how people felt and interpreted all the actions around them. People wanted to know what was going on all over the city, the country and the world. Authors delivered. In this book, Carrie and her family, loved ones and friends, face all the experiences thrown at you when you become an adult. How you make decision. How you spend your day. It shows thru comparison and contrast what happened versus what could have happened. While I normally love this approach, this one was a tad bit dry for me. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it was just a good book. I didn’t feel connected to it as much as everyone else at the time. But if you want to know how things were during the 1870s – 1890s in American life, this book will show you.



About Me


For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Iliad

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The IliadBook Review
3+ out of 5 stars to The Iliad, a Greek lyrical work written around 800 BC by Homer. Ah The Trojan War. We all know of the horse, but how did it come together? Who was at war? And why? You’ll need to read The Iliad & The Odyssey to figure all that out… of the two, I preferred the Odyssey. I still found the story fascinating and enjoyed the read. But it’s a lot to digest. It’s amazing when you realize these works are almost 3000 years old. Such beauty in his words. And to think about everything we’ve learned over the years… about war… and the Trojan horse… both the virus and the trickery. There are some valuable lessons in this work. If only more would give it a chance!



About Me


For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Paradise Lost

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Paradise LostBook Review
3.5 out of 5 stars for Paradise Lost, the first of a two-book series, written in 1667 by John Milton. I’ve only read the first book in this series, but would like to read the second piece at some point. These are epic poems telling of the battle between Satan and God for control over the human soul. It’s truly an introspective piece, as I believe Milton threw so much of himself, as well as people in general, into this work. It’s captured the attention of so many people, and not just readers. It’s the foundation of several films and television adaptions. Some argue it loses focus on the religious aspects; others praise it for being very open to different experiences. It’s the kind of literature that pushes you to think about voice and characters. About different sides to a story and alternative opinions. How does it feel to agree with Satan? Do you accept being disappointed in something God says because it’s something you thought was OK to do? So much in the words, but also the message is even more powerful. It’s a lot to digest, but if you haven’t read it, look up a few passages to see if the lyrical tone is something you can absorb while reading the words. It may help give you some perspective on different aspects of life and death.



About Me


For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Treasure Island

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Treasure IslandBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to Treasure Island, a coming-of-age-of-sort novel, written in 1882 by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read this book as a young adult when I received it as a Christmas present from an aunt and uncle. At first, although I knew it was a classic, I wasn’t too anxious to jump into it. I wasn’t a big fan of pirates and boats. I wasn’t a normal kid, what can I tell you. But… it was a gift and I thought I should give it a chance. And once I did, I loved it. I had read Peter Pan recently and felt a kismet connection of sorts between them. From the adventures to the bonds, to the test of good versus evil, the book had so many wonderful moments. And since then, I’ve sampled many different iterations, from movies to other books with pirate stories, all the way to Once Upon a Times interpretation. It’s truly a remarkable story that helps young adults figure out how to approach a world full of fears, hopes and questions. And to think it’s a pirate and a cook who help you to figure some of it out. But it’s more. There’s bonding. And team work. And treasure hunting. And challenges. And mystery. All culminating in reaching one’s goals in ways you didn’t necessarily expect.



About Me


For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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AWARD: Sunshine Blogger #2

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sunshine-blog-awardMany thanks to AvidObserver for nominating me for this wonderful award for those blogs that bring sunshine to your world everyday. Please check out the site by clicking on the link above, as it’s all about motivation and how to have a wonderful and happy life. Great stuff. 🙂


 

Rules

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


 Questions asked to me:

  • A quote or any saying that you love and follow.
    • “Do unto others as you wish done unto you.” It’s really the only one to live by. And it applies across the board. Generally, people inherently do the things to/for other people that they wish someone would do for them. Of course there are exceptions, but think about it… your mind naturally does the things you think are what should be done — what you like. And if we all did that, we’d all be happier!

 

  • If you get chance either to go into the future and know what’s there for you or to go back in past and change something, which one would you choose & why?
    • There isn’t anything I would change in the past, as I am a firm believer in the connection between events. If I changed one thing, there may be detrimental effects that I’d be even more unhappy over. So… I’d peak into the future, which is something I already do now whenever I (a) go to a psychic, (b) read spoilers about TV shows or films, or (c) read the end of a book before the first few pages (yes, I do that sometimes).

 

  • A superpower that you think everyone should have.
    • To freeze time. There are so many moments that I either need more time to get something done, or I want more time with someone else, or I want to stop everything around me so I can fix something without anyone knowing about it. But that’d be changing the natural flow of things, which I just said I wouldn’t do in the above question, so… oh… my brain hurts now. To eat whatever we want and never get sick or gain weight. That works.

 

  • Mountains or Beaches?
    • Mountains. I hate hot weather. I love cold weather. Put me at the top of a mountain to look over the whole valley or city. I’m a happy boy.

 

  • Is there anything that can/might make you stop blogging?
    • Rude people. If too many people had negative comments and it was work to keep up with the positive approach, I might step away and take a break.

 

  • If you get a chance to watch any war that happened in the past live, which war would you choose n why?
    • I’d choose the American Revolution, as it’s what gave my country our freedom. I’d want to know what the founders were thinking on good and bad days, how they eventually came to their final decisions and what their hopes were for the future. Some books and documents tell us this, but to see their discussions would be a whole new world of information.

 

  • Share any adventurous or risky thing that you ever did. 
    • I quit a very promising job and moved cross-country for a relationship and a change in my life. There were too many events going on, which made me think I needed to start over in a new place. I moved to California and stayed for 1 year. My former job called and asked me to come back at an even great salary and position. My significant other and I talked about it and decided it was the right thing for us. So we moved back to NY. Unfortunately the relationship eventually ended, but then I met my current partner and nearly 6 years later, we’re very happy!

 

  • What gives you goosebumps every-time?
    • That moment in a movie or a TV show when something good and positive happens, and you’ve been waiting since the beginning for it to work out. I start tingling a little, get the goosebumps, my eyes grow heavy and a few tears form. Then I think about something really silly so I can laugh instead of let anyone see me cry. I’m a cold emotionless stone, I tell ya!

 

  • A gift that you would love to receive anytime.
    • Money? Peace? Time? End to hunger and abuse? Since that’s not about to happen unfortunately… gift cards.

 

  • Your favorite topics to have a conversation on.
    • Genealogy. I could talk all day. Books too, but those can be confrontational, and I prefer not to argue. So… family history wins out!

 

  • One thing that you want to eliminate from your life completely.
    • Oh… where to go with this one. I need to ask about the rules here… QC = Question Creator.

 

Me: Is this something I eliminate from just my life or from everyone’s?

QC: Read the question.

Me: Oh, OK. Just me. Is this something that I should keep but don’t want to? Or something I need to get rid of?

QC: Does it matter?

Me: I guess not. Just trying to do this correctly. Is this something tangible or theoretical?

QC: Are you always this difficult?

Me: Yes.

 

Final Answer = My Indecision

 

Note: I didn’t ask Avid Observer these questions. Just imagining how it might go.

 


My Nominees:

 

Congratulations! I so enjoy seeing your blogs every day and look forward to your responses.

 


Questions for nominees:

Note: Also… besides providing the answer, also explain why for all of them! 🙂

  1. Which of the 7 deadly sins could you absolutely live with if you had to?
  2. Which of the 7 dwarfs are you most similar to?
  3. What state haven’t you lived in but would like to?
  4. Where do you see yourself in ten years that you believe you might actually achieve?
  5. Where do you see yourself in ten years that you hope happens but don’t think it will?
  6. Who do you not know in person but think you’d best friends with?
  7. What Greek or Roman goddess or god is your favorite?
  8. When in time would you want to live that you have not been alive for?
  9. If you could only travel by 1 mode of transportation in the future, what would it be?
  10. What website do you visit the most?
  11. How many cookies is too many cookies in one single sitting?

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!

TAG: Soul Ripping Romance

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Many thanks to Nel @ ReactionaryTales for this awesome new tag. Nel and I met a few months ago and chat every day through our blogs. She’s very funny, smart and knowledgeable about lots of cool things. Go check out her site.

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

 

Brace yourselves:

When Nel tagged me… I thought… so many of the couple I longed to see together were in books that maybe weren’t huge in popularity. And while it’s a chance to promote something new for someone to read, it’s hard to capture it without reading it or seeing it. So… I’m taking the easier course and highlighting 5 couple whom I felt were magic.

  • Matthew and Mary from Downton Abbey:  There were quite a few couple to choose from this show, and this is probably the most obvious of them. For me, they came close too many times, and the difference between their thoughts and actions nearly a century ago caused the pain and heartache throughout their days together. I loved their relationship, felt it had a power unlike most others… and when she said no to his proposal, I was so devastated but understood why. And then the last few episodes happened where they finally get together but not all is meant to be… that rips your soul when it’s permanently lost.

 

  • Estella and Pip from Great Expectations: No pictures for this one as I’m talking straight out of the book. Pip is all of us at some point in our life. Caught between the love of someone who won’t return it and the parental figure who tries to teach you how to get through it. But the moments they have together, with the time period of this happening, and the echoes of the wedding that never happened generations before… you really want something to work out.

 

  • Christine and The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera: I may be in the minority here, but I wanted them to get together. I have a thing for someone who is dangerous and almost controlling you. Part of me thinks while it may be obsession at first, it would gradually reduce itself to the power of love. When she says goodbye to him, and he disappears… I cried.

 

  • Claire and Jamie from Outlander: I have not seen the TV show nor read anything beyond the first book in this series. So it’s not like I’ve just jumped on a bandwagon. I also understand some people look at this relationship and feel she was taken advantage of and/or hurt. I didn’t interpret it that way. I saw two people destined to be together, who had a powerful connection… and sometimes it got a bit wild. I choose to believe that it was something they both wanted and felt and went after. And when she steps in and out of the past, my heart felt the pain of choosing between two things in your life.

 

  • Molly and Sam from Ghost: I really enjoyed the movie and the relationship between these two characters. How can you not feel the pain of a love separated by death, when one comes back as a ghost to say goodbye to the other. A few cheesy moments, but when you step back, the entire package was presented in such a soul-crushing way… love like this one is strong and powerful.

 

I tag:

 

If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Have a great day thinking about romance.

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!