I just came back from one of the best vacations of my life, but of course, the Universe has its way of balancing things out. Between a mountain of work awaiting my return and a sudden sinus infection, I’m calling it close to ‘even,’ Universe!
Alright, enough shaking my fist at the clouds. I’m playing catch-up with the writing, but I managed to squeeze in my reading regimen during the trip. Here are the past week’s picks.
A Poison Tree by William Blake
I was angry with my friend;I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe:I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Of Riches by Sir Francis Bacon
For certainly great riches, have sold more men, than they have bought out. Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly. Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.
Getting rich ain’t a bad thing. It’s what you do with those riches that marks your moral character.
How Ryan Got Out of Russia by Lord Dunsany from Gods, Men and Ghosts
It was tough picking a good short story this week, but How Ryan Got Out of Russia has got to be one of the best I’ve read in the past few months. If you are fan of fantasy and all-around weird fiction, and you haven’t read Dunsany…pick this up! Only one more story left for me in this anthology and I can’t wait to grab another one with his other stories. It’s obvious why he was such a huge influence on many a fantasy writer, including Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.