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Monday, October 31, 2016

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Story telling at its best. Love, anger, friendship. Hope, despair, understanding. Everything a true fairy tale needs.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Winnie-the-Pooh gets a new friend

Karla Pequenino, CNN
(CNN)Winnie-the-Pooh, the fictional teddy bear loved by children worldwide, is celebrating his 90th anniversary with a new feathery friend. The character Penguin makes its first appearance in the book series' anniversary sequel, Winnie the Pooh: The Best Bear in All the World...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016

Jess Denham |@jess_denham
US folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, turned 75 earlier this year. His career has spanned more than five decades and his influence still pervades genres from rock and pop to folk and soul. His stunning lyrical ability has seen him tackle timeless themes from politics to love and he remains a hugely respected cultural presence.

Dylan is the first American to win since Beloved author Toni Morrison picked up the prize in 1993. While the announcement was a surprise, Dylan has been a popular choice for consideration over the years, despite his work not fitting into the traditional categories of novels and poems usually favoured by the judges.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Word of the Day

\muh-VOO R-neen, -VAWR-, -VOHR-\

1. Irish English. darling; dear.

I love you, mavourneen, I love you as no one ever loved you before.
 -- E. M. Dell, "The Honourable Burford," The Novel Magazine, April–September 1906

Origin of mavourneen
Mavourneen comes from the Irish expression mo mhuirnín meaning "my darling." It entered English around 1800.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Word of the Day


1. ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose.

Maybe it was better to evade the issue, to delay, to be ambiguous and equivocal, indulge in vagueness, anacoluthon, and amphiboly?
-- Mallock, The Cemetery of Swallows, translated by Steven Rendall, 2013

Origin of amphiboly
Amphiboly comes from the Latin noun amphibolia meaning "ambiguity," which, in turn, stems from the Greek verb bállein meaning "to throw." It entered English in the late 1500s.

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