Enlightening Symbols, by Joseph Mazur
This volume revolutionized my understanding of mathematical thought. Following the development of symbols walked me through our primal, unstructured mental evolution of grasping intangible concepts that nevertheless apply to everyday reality, through the human context which fostered their understanding. Connected me to the great abstractions of communication. An incredible way to encounter mathematics, revealing a deep level of global research and reference. For instance, I now credit Virahanka for the golden ratio number addition sequence! And I also credit Joseph Mazur for the insightful education presented here.
Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce
I was completely engrossed, to a time of casting aside other responsibilities, and finished it with a rare quickness. Between a new heroine, familiar though changed characters, and identifiable animal personifications, Wild Magic is everything I was hoping for in another Tortall adventure. Running opposite of anthropomorphization: animal mind.
This is the current interest list from May’s Literary Salon at the Friday Harbor Public Library.
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
The story of a hero worthy of allusion, told in bravado style. Street life, college life, and the performer’s role each make their phase as we see a young man’s life develop by wizardly leaps. The ballad-like narrative made me cringe and care.
The phaeton chariot crosses the sky, with dragon behind.
Review: Three Great Lies, Vanessa MacLellan
by Eva L. Elasigue
Three Great Lies is as though a single tourist stumbled through the stargate, finding herself mixed with the destiny of the monstrous and magical. Once joined, they attempt to find their ways through a world differently strange to them all – one from the past (Abayomi, the mummy), one from an alternate future (Jeannette, scientist), the other from the mystical realm of the gods (Sanura, cat-headed) – each with an unknown destiny they must solve. Cleverly characterized with a strong atmosphere backed by historical research, Vanessa MacLellan’s writing is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
89 by e.e.cummings
read by Eva L. Elasigue
Ornate, sensitive and intricate, set inside a wellspring of original and hearkening mythos. Lyrically-based characters reflect both intriguing and classical, with ancient-art-nouveau-deco illustrations that could adorn a room. Looking forward to further developments!
Princess With The Black Bow on Amazon
Alan Moore’s Promethea
art by John Coulthart
Green sap of Spring in the young wood a-stir
Will celebrate the Mountain Mother,
And every song-bird shout awhile for her;
But I am gifted, even in November
Rawest of seasons, with so huge a sense
Of her nakedly worn magnificence
I forget cruelty and betrayal,
Careless of where the next bright bolt may fall.
– Robert Graves, The White Goddess