Dean Koontz

Brother Odd * Dean Koontz * Odd Thomas Series

Loop me in, odd one. The words, spoken in the deep of night by a sleeping child, chill the young man watching over her. For this was a favorite phrase of Stormy Llewellyn, his lost love, and Stormy is dead, gone forever from this world. In the haunted halls of the isolated monastery where he… Continue reading Brother Odd * Dean Koontz * Odd Thomas Series

Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas series * Odd Apocalypse

Once presided over by a Roaring ’20s Hollywood mogul, the magnificent West Coast estate known as Roseland now harbors a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants—and their guests: Odd Thomas, the young fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, and Annamaria, his inscrutably charming traveling companion. Fresh from a harrowing… Continue reading Odd Thomas series * Odd Apocalypse

Poetry

LOVELY WATER LILLY BY JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Im Wasser wogt die Lilie, die blanke, hin und her, Doch irrst du, Freund, sobald du sagst, sie schwanke hin und her: Es wurzelt ja so fest ihr Fuß im tiefen Meeresgrund, Ihr Haupt nur wiegt ein lieblicher Gedanke hin und her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4PRS7lMGyY Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical… Continue reading LOVELY WATER LILLY BY JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Art

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Did you know that how you write can indicate more than 5,000 personality traits? The size of your letters, spacing between words, shapes of letters and more can all signify different characteristics. Handwriting analysis (also known as graphology) can even be used for detecting lies and revealing possible health ailments. //cdn.playbuzz.com/widget/feed.js The study of handwriting… Continue reading What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Excerpts

The worst sex scene in 1Q84 – Extract from Haruki Murakami

Book 1 (1Q84 – Book 1 * Haruki Murakami) He was naked when he awoke, and so was Fuka-Eri. Completely and totally naked. Her breasts were perfect hemispheres. Her nipples were not overly large, and they were soft, still quietly groping for the maturity that was to come. Her breasts themselves were large, however, and… Continue reading The worst sex scene in 1Q84 – Extract from Haruki Murakami

Book Reviews

Enchantment * Orson Scott Card Book Review

"He stopped short at the edge of the clearing and looked around. Shouldn't it be a meadow here, where the sun could shine? Tall grass and wildflowers, that's what it should be. But instead it was just like the forest floor, dead leaves thickly carpeting the undulating surface of the clearing. Nothing alive there. What… Continue reading Enchantment * Orson Scott Card Book Review

Places

A Brief History of the Russian Language

"Where do you come from?" was a question I heard often during the nearly two years I spent living in Russia. "I’m from America," I would always answer, but this reply rarely satisfied the innate "Russian curiosity" of the inquirer. "Yes," they would say, "but where are your roots?" I would then explain that my… Continue reading A Brief History of the Russian Language