the 5th element

January 28, 2015

the first 4 books of the Death Gate Cycle series is consistent with the Greek notion of the composition of the world: air, fire, earth, and water,  If one is ‘serious’ about the craft of writing, there’s no going beyond the classic reference of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.  Sure, some may find the sections on grammar quite tedious, but these are necessary building blocks in attaining a level of proficiency.

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the good book

January 22, 2015

there are several books that I think my son should read (that I’ve read in one form or another.)  Not just because I think it’s good for him academically, help him read more advanced texts. or help him understand his roots better but, ultimately, assist in making himself better.  This is by no means an exhaustive list or in any particular order:

a.) Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterisimo (the English versions, of course – I’m not that cruel)

b.) Nation for Our Children

c.) The Spirituality of Imperfection

d.) Social Things (this doesn’t read as a text book)

e.) The Forgetting Room (One of his names is partly inspired by the protagonist)

f.) The Death Gate Cycle series (it’s a total of 7 books – the first 4 are independent followed by a trilogy that relates the “worlds”)

While books in themselves, don’t have all the answers – they’re a tool that helps us think more about things.