On My Bookshelf: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Title: The Denial of DeathAuthor: Ernest BeckerGenre: Psychology, PhilosophyMy Rating: 2/5 Becker posits that humans have a deep, innate fear of death and that all human action stems from attempts to mitigate this fear in various ways. I read this book ten years ago for a college class and thought I’d pick it up againContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker”

On My Bookshelf: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Title: AbhorsenAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 5/5 Abhorsen is a continuation of the previous book, Lirael, and picks up where the last one left off. The Destroyer, an ancient and terrible evil, has been released and is intent on the destruction of the world. Lirael, sent away from her home in the mountains,Continue reading “On My Bookshelf: Abhorsen by Garth Nix”

On My Bookshelf: Lirael by Garth Nix

Title: LiraelAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 4/5 Lirael is a daughter of the Clayr, a matriarchal society in the northern mountains. All the Clayr have the gift of Sight–except Lirael. Abandoned by her mother when she was a child, she feels alone and irreconcilably different from the rest of her kin. She findsContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Lirael by Garth Nix”

On My Bookshelf: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Title: SabrielAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 5/5 Sabriel is eighteen and about to graduate from private school in the country of Ancelstierre. However, she is from the Old Kingdom across the Wall, where magic runs wild and necromancers can command the dead to rise. Her father is the Abhorsen, sworn to combat necromancersContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Sabriel by Garth Nix”

We die a little every day

I turned 31 last weekend. Society tells me I’m supposed to feel something about that. Panic, maybe, that the good years are behind me. Forty is fast approaching and after forty is basically death. The thing is, we die a little every day. Am I preoccupied with death? I… don’t think so, although perhaps theContinue reading “We die a little every day”