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This Is Skiing, by Lito Tejada-Flores & Linde Waidhofer

This Is Skiing – The Impossible Romance of Sliding Over Snow, by Lito Tejada-Flores & Linde Waidhofer (www.WesternEyePress.com, 2012)

I had another lovely visit to the Isle of Serendip, with the discovery of an e-book, This is Skiing – the Impossible Romance of Sliding Over Snow, by Lito Tejada-Flores and Linde Waidhofer. I stumbled upon when searching on-line for tips on skiing in Spring “crud”. This was obviously written by people who are both serious skiers and talented artists – Tejada-Flores, the writer, and Waidhofer, the photographer. (Continue reading…)


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Love Poems, by Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda – Love Poems (Penguin Books Canada, 2008)

Every so often a couple more books get added to our already overfull home library, as a result of us going for a little browse in a bookshop. Sometimes I buy a familiar author, other times it’s the look and feel of a book that I like, or it is on sale, or it looks intriguing. And to be honest, sometimes those spur-of the-moment book buys are disasters – a real waste of money. Other times, they are a pleasant surprise, like coming upon a little island gem in the middle of an ocean. The Princess of Nowhere by Prince Lorenzo Borghese, reviewed on this website, was one such. It was amongst the sale books, and it was only the author’s name that got my attention. It turned out to be an unexpectedly enjoyable read.

The same can be said of a pretty little publication of Love Poems – Pablo Neruda (Continue reading…)


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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily, A New Hope, by Ian Doescher

StarWars1Ian Doescher decided there were more similarities than differences between the plots of Star Wars and most of the William Shakespeare’s plays. (Consider Hamlet with his father issues, and Luke and Darth Vader.) And because he loves Elizabethan literature, he wrote the Star Wars story in iambic pentameter, with the blessings of Lucasfilm, no less. You might think that would end up being a dreadful bore, but it’s not. It combines the beauty of the form of Elizabethan verse, its rhythm, formal structure and lyricism, with the comforting familiarity of the Star Wars plot and characters (and without the extended complicated metaphors employed by Shakespeare). (Continue reading…)