“Tears are words that need to be written.”
— Paulo Coelho
“Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.”
— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
“Some things will never change. Some things will always be the same.”
— Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again
The short: 4/5 ✦. A beautifully written novel about failure and growing up and friendship and love, all while an potential apocalypse is happening to other people.
I recommend all adventurous youths who abandon vessels in romantic islands during the rainy season to provide themselves with umbrellas.
— Herman Melville, Typee
“Life is full of surprises.”
— John Major
The short: 3/5 ✦. A tough nut of a novel that may only interest fans of the equally weird (but more hilarious and insightful) podcast.
“And now, Gawain: think.
Danger is yours to overcome
And this game brings you
Danger. Can this game be won?”
— Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
“Where there’s tea there’s hope.”
— Arthur Wing Pinero
The short: 4/5 ✦. An excellent beginning to another exciting and hilarious mythology series from Rick Riordan.