The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
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D.Q. is dying from a physical illness. Pancho is dying from a soul illness. They are thrown together due to circumstances outside of both of their control and the following weeks are weeks in which both boys learn just what it means to be a Death Warrior.
What is a Death Warrior? Put aside all those pictures in your mind you might have of teenage boys with weapons out on a rampage. These boys are learning what it means to battle death – the big Death. They are learning what it takes most people years upon years to learn and, as usual, Francisco Stork tells the story so perfectly well I found myself walking away from the book with a renewed sense of faith and purpose – seriously, what is it about this guy?
Like Marcelo in the Real World, this story is one that kids need to read. There’s so much happening out there in the world and so many ways to make a difference. At one point in this book, D.Q. talks about how the first rule to being a Death Warrior is that you are not allowed to whine. Whining is not allowed in any form, including that little voice inside of you that complains that no one hears. Not allowed. There’s no use for it. And D.Q. struggles with that voice – we all struggle with that voice.
This book is beautifully written and filled with insights. I loved it, but for different reasons than I loved Marcelo. Marcelo made me really think about the corruption of a pure soul and how tragic it can be. Death Warriors took a corrupt soul in Pancho and began a path of redemption with it. Both are excellent novels and should be read and recommended.
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Taking another break or so to clear my mind and do some household chores – but thought I should do a midday update.
Time started: 8:30 AM – June 4
Current time: 1:53 PM – June 5
Time spent reading: 14 hours
Time spent blogging/networking: 1.45 hours
Books finished: 4 (Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney , The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman , Hand of Isis by Jo Graham , Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael)
Pages read: 1461
Currently reading: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel by Juliet Gael
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I must admit something – I’ve never read Wuthering Heights. Are you shocked? You should be! I am. This summer I intend to remedy that – in fact, I am making plans to read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. Romancing Miss Bronte struck home with me and I am desperate to read and understand all three books with the light shed on these sisters.
This year I read Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler and was fascinated by the story being told.. but Juliet Gael goes even further – and I found myself falling in love with Arthur Nicholls, Charlotte Bronte’s eventual husband.
But first, I want to say that there were parts of this book that were so perfect that I got chills. A scene is described in which Anne and Charlotte are being accompanied home by a gentlemen who is absorbed in reading Jane Eyre. At this point in time, Charlotte has not been revealed to be the author and the scene unfolds in such a beautifully written, graceful way that it brought a smile to my lips and such a sense of serene satisfaction that, for a moment, I understand the Bronte sisters’ desire for anonymity.
At another point in the book, Gael describes a scene which must have been common for these three girls – the quiet room with just the scratching of quill on paper; an occasional shifting of paper from one set of hands to another in search of opinions. Oh, how I would have loved to see this scene.
The story of Charlotte Bronte is so incredibly romantic and tragic it’s no wonder that her books were so successful. This was a powerful, insightful look at the sisters and a new favorite of mine.
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Getting ready to crawl into bed here .. but planning on getting in another hour of reading before I cannot fight off sleep any longer. Here’s a bit of a summary for you for today’s work.
Time started: 8:30 AM
Current time: 11:54 PM
Time spent reading: 9.30 hours
Time spent blogging/networking: 1.15 hours
Books finished: 3 (Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney , The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman , Hand of Isis by Jo Graham)
Pages read: 1045
Currently reading: Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael