Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker

The Silence of the GirlsThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker




Somewhat complicated. I loved the book, the characters are believable. The story... we all know the story. Or rather, we all think we know the story. This is told by a former princess who is now a slave. Or at least the first half of the book it is, then longer and longer episodes in the third person appear. This jarred a little bit for a while, although I got used to the style and could see the reason for it. Also the role of Greek mythology, which at first appears as such and as the book progresses becomes more 'real'. Finally, this is called the 'Silence of the Girls' but it is for the most part the story of one woman but centred around men -and most of what she has to say is about those men. Understandably, perhaps, given her situation, but it did strike me that most of the women in this story were for the most part still silent. Only Polyxena, about to die, seems to have a voice even as she is gagged and muzzled. Another thing that bothered me a bit although again it can be explained in the context is the sort of Stockholm's syndrome that she develops. It was, nonetheless, a very compelling read, very well written.



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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] 'The End of Everything' by Katie Mack

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)The End of Everything by Katie Mack

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What's the worst that could happen? Funny how exhilarating it can be to read about the end of the world. Or possible ends of the world. Katie Mack turns this -which surely starts as long rows of numbers and calculations based on observations that lead to more numbers and calculations- into a very compelling read. I loved it.



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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] The Stone Sky, N K Jemisin

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Loved this series. Was left wanting more, which is quite something after three volumes of it. In the intersection between science-fiction and fantasy, it reaches a good conclusion to the story, although the future is still open.



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guitar

web page things

Adding a guitar reference page to my little guitar lessons website. Not a lot in there as yet, and almost all of it classical guitar related but both things may change, time allowing (and time, alas, may indeed allow for the next couple of weeks)
Guitar Reference Links | Flavio Matani Guitar Lessons:



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teaching guitar as a form of Russian roulette

Teaching at that school in Highbury today. Well, not a lot of teaching as all Years 7, 10, 11 etc have all been sent home to isolate. There's been quite a few cases in the school -including the music dept. Am I worried about this?


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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] The Obelisk Gate by J K Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I liked this one even more than the first one. Now I'm half-way through the third instalment. Bit grim at times but a very good story and the characters are credible -if a lot of what they do break a lot of laws of physics! and the geological setting is a bit improbable. But it is a very good story, very well told.



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[ Guitar ] - 'Yacambú' by Antonio Lauro (excerpt 2)

Flavio (me) playing a quick take at home of 'Yacambú' by Antonio Lauro (excerpt 2)
Currently doing online guitar lessons!
for info on guitar lessons/presentations:
flavio_matani@mac.com
https://www.flaviomataniguitar.com


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hopefully barking up the right tree

Something I'd posted about on Facebook but maybe this si a slightly different audience.
There have been a few enquiries about guitar lessons (through Bark dot com, when I had given up after spending quite a bit of £ on them without getting any results thus far) and a couple of new pupils starting. One is a young woman having done Gr 8 piano & theory and wants to do same on guitar. The other two enquiries were equally interesting. At least some good things happening in these strange, strange times! I still need more pupils, mind but for once I can hope that that light at the end is not an oncoming train..

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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] Into the London Fog (various, edited by E. Dearnley

Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City (British Library Tales of the Weird Book 16)Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City by Elizabeth Dearnley




A collection of short stories based around the theme of the London pea-super fog. I found it rather uneven and perhaps oddly I found the couple of essays (one by Virginia Woolf, one by Claude McKay, fair more interesting than the stories, which I would have loved when I was 14 but at this point I found rather predictable and so-so; not terrible but not that very exciting. Still, enough of the book is a good read that it is work the while. And of course you might have different tastes and not agree with me.



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