Legs folded beneath my lean frame. A cup of tea resting in my palm. Fingers wrapped around the mug as if it were my only life line. Remnants of its flavor coated my tongue. The sun creeped its way from the horizon to fill the sky with shades of red, orange, and yellow. A soft sigh escaped my lips as the light filtered in.
A brown ball of fur strutted its way across the room and leapt onto the lengthy window seat. Its body rubbed against my knees begging for attention. My hand felt as if it was weighed down by sand as I stroked her behind the ears. I supposed the gesture sated her because she soon became distracted by the ball of yarn in the corner. Continue reading “Short Story: The Silence”
Title: Who Fears Death
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 419
Stand Alone or Series: Series
Publisher: Daw Books, Inc.
Release Date: 2010, Reprint (February 4, 2014)
“International award-winning Nnedi Okorafor enters the world of magical realist literature with a powerful story of genocide in the far future and the woman who reshapes her world.
In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways, yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different–special–she names her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language. It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her violent conception.
She is Ewu–a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by both tribes. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm she learns something terrifying: Someone powerful is trying to kill her.
Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately teaches her why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.” (Source) Continue reading “Review: Who Fears Death”
Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Type: Stand Alone
Publishing Date: April 25, 2006
“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. (Source) Continue reading “Review: The Alchemist”