Monday, October 13, 2014

Isis

Douglas Clegg


I found this one at the Dollar Tree.

New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg brings us Isis, a beautifully illustrated, unforgettable novella that is sure to become a classic tale of the supernatural. If you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead?........ Old Marsh, the gardener at Belerion Hall, warned the Villiers girl about the old ruins along the seacliffs. "Never go in, miss. Never say a prayer at its door. If you are angry, do not seek revenge by the Laughing Maiden stone, or at the threshold of the Tombs. There be those who listen for oaths and vows.... What may be said in innocence and ire becomes flesh and blood in such places." She was born Iris Catherine Villiers. She became Isis. From childhood until her sixteenth year, Iris Villiers wandered the stone-hedged gardens and the steep cliffs along the coast of Cornwall near her ancestral home. Surrounded by the stern judgments of her grandfather-the Gray Minister-and the taunts of her cruel governess, Iris finds solace in her beloved older brother who has always protected her. But when a tragic accident occurs from the ledge of an open window, Iris discovers that she possesses the ability to speak to the dead... Be careful what you wish for ...it just may find you.

A quick little novella that I devoured in an evening. I didn't know it at the time, but this is the prequel to a series; Harrow House. I also had never read Douglas Clegg before, and was just struck by the cover art.

There are more lovely illustrations inside.

It struck me as heartbreaking yet beautiful; a tale of love, loss and superstition.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MOOCs for Me...A Lot of Reading

I am insane.

I have taken on online college courses in my exploration of further education. This really seems like the only way I will be able to actually "go" to college, so I am testing the water at Coursera.

I am in two literature classes. Between the two of them, I will definitely be expanding my horizons. Reading books I never heard of and classics I keep meaning to read or re-read.