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Karrie

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About Karrie

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  • Biography
    I am married with two children - girl & boy.
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    Bridgend, Wales
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    Reading, listening to music, walking (usually with our two dogs)
  1. Can funny books be great literature too?

    Like Grammath I love The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy which I first read as a teenager. My son has read the first book and is currently reading the second - Restaurant At The End Of The Universe. A series of books which has stayed this popular for so long, and I am sure will continue to be, has got to be considered great literature. After all, the whole purpose of a book is to be read. My son laughed the whole way through Hitchhiker's Guide and is currently doing the same with the second. To me this just proves how truly great they are. Just because a book is funny does not mean it is not great literature. If after 30 yrs it is still funny and loved by the current generation, then it is absolutely has to be considered great - if not amazing - as that is not an easy thing to achieve.
  2. Poetic Wanderings

    Pan came out of the woods one day,-- His skin and his hair and his eyes were gray, The gray of the moss of walls were they,-- And stood in the sun and looked his fill At wooded valley and wooded hill. He stood in the zephyr, pipes in hand, On a height of naked pasture land; In all the country he did command He saw no smoke and he saw no roof. That was well! and he stamped a hoof. His heart knew peace, for none came here To this lean feeding save once a year Someone to salt the half-wild steer, Or homespun children with clicking pails Who see so little they tell no tales. (first three of six verses)
  3. Poetic Wanderings

    God of the golden bow, And of the golden lyre, And of the golden hair, And of the golden fire, Charioteer Of the patient year, Where - where slept thine ire, When like a blank idiot I put on thy wreath, Thy laurel, thy glory, The light of thy story, Or was I a worm - too low crawling for death? O Delphic Apollo! (first verse)
  4. I bought my daughter this book and she thoroughly enjoyed it. She is a huge fan of Darren Shan and is currently waiting for the last book of the Demonata series to come out in paperback. To fill the space I bought her Witchfinder and she is now looking forward to the second book. It did not grab her as quickly as the two Darren Shan series (Cirque Du Freak & Demonata) did, but after she had read a couple of chapters she became completely engrossed in it. She has now recommended it to all her friends that also read Darren Shan.
  5. Present shopping

    Both my Dad and my husband love trivia, so I am always on the look out for unusual books. Luckily I only have to buy a book once as they borrow from each other all the time. Recently they have enjoyed: Loose Cannons by Graeme Donald. 101 Myths, Mishaps and Misadventurers of Military History. Pot Goes the Weasel by Albert Jack. The Secret Meaning of Nursery Rhymes. Another one they loved is called '365', but can't tell you who its by as it has disappeared into my kids bedrooms and hasn't been seen for a while. It tells you interesting things that have happened on each day of the year. I have now been requested to buy '366' which is the follow up book.
  6. Poetic Wanderings

    Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew old- This knight so bold- And o'er his heart a shadow Fell as he found No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow: "Shadow," said he, "Where can it be, This land of Eldorado?" "Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride," The shade replied, If you seek for Eldorado." Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Thank you, Squirls. My daughter practically locked herself in her bedroom for two days after the announcement, as she said I was over doing being the Proud Mother.
  8. Poetic Wanderings

    When I wish I was rich, then I know I am ill. Because, to tell the truth, I have enough as I am. So when I catch myself thinking: Ah, if I was rich-! I say to myself: Hello! I'm not well. My vitality is low. Riches by D. H. Lawrence
  9. Congratulations The Maid. Is it the Young Writers that are publishing your child's poem? They are absolutely brilliant and are always encouraging children to write - whether its poetry or stories. They recently ran a schools competition for secondary school kids to write a 'lyrical poem that broke the stereotype'. The best would be published in a series of books (which are due out about now). My teenage daughter is one of those whose poem will be published and I was curious if was from this that your's would be done too. My son has had to try writing a poem for school (not a competition) and found it very hard, as its 'not really his thing'. Although, he did find it an interesting experience as it was a War Poem and said it made him think more about how the soldier's felt during the battles.
  10. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    This is not strictly a 'just bought/borrowed/received' thing as the book was just returned, but I had completely forgot I had it. My friend borrowed from me the book 'Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Time Of Our Lord' by L Wallace. It was given to me about three years ago as I love the film, but I just cannot seem to get into it. It is clearly an old copy with no date in it that I can find, which is why I have tried starting it quite a few times. However, each time I have quickly put it down again for another book and just forgot about it. My friend was unable to finish it too despite many attempts. She had put it aside to return to me as soon as possible and only recently rediscovered it while sorting through her own books. So now I have it back on my TBR pile for another attempt, although I am not sure I will - I may just stick with the film and forget about it again.
  11. I have to agree with you about the poetry done in schools today. I have two teenage children and they have both been recently studying poetry in their English lessons. My daughter happens to already have a love of poetry (and has quite a few books on it) but said that her teacher had made a 'rubbish choice' with what she had picked. She said that most of her class were bored and said they absolutely hated poetry. My son, however, does not particularly care for poetry but will read it. There are a few poems he likes and agrees with his sister that the teachers often make wrong choices. I think it is a shame because they are slowly turning children away from something that could give them a great deal of enjoyment.
  12. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Yesterday I bought: Zulu Hart by Saul David
  13. Poetic Wanderings

    Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming, Snatched from the alters of insolent foes, Burning with star-fires, but never consuming, Flash its broad ribbons of lily and rose. Vainly the prophets of Baal would rend it, Vainly his worshipers pray for its fall; Thousands have died for it, millions defend it, Emblem of justice and mercy to all; Justice that reddens the sky with her terrors, Mercy that comes with her white-handed train, Soothing all passions, redeeming all errors, Sheathing the sabre and breaking the chain. Born on the deluge of all usurpations, Drifted our Ark o'er the desolate seas, Bearing the rainbow of hope to the nations, Torn from the storm-cloud and flung to the breeze! God bless the flag and its loyal defenders, While its broad folds o'er the battle-field wave, Till the dim star-wreath rekindle its splendors, Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave! God Save The Flag by Oliver Wendell Holmes
  14. Book recomendations

    Hi booklover 22. I read a lot of non-fiction (and fiction using fact as a basis) but most of them are historical and I don't know if you like that genre. I have also read a number of biographies and autobiographies. However, I tend to choose them by having an interest in the person they are about - I do not know who you would be interested in. I never read romance novels and only read books with a central romance if they are in another genre as well, eg Twilight series, so will not really be able to help you there. As megustaleer says, if you provide a bit more information we may be able to give you some good or interesting recommendations.
  15. Poetic Wanderings

    I think it better that at times like these A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth We have no gift to set a statesman right; He has had enough of meddling who can please A young girl in the indolence of her youth, Or an old man upon a winter's night. On Being Asked For A War Poem by W. B. Yeats
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