June 14th, 2012

andrew potter

Edward FitzGerald (March 31, 1809 – June 14, 1883)

Edward FitzGerald (31 March 1809 – 14 June 1883) was an English writer, best known as the poet of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Edward FitzGerald was born Edward Purcell at Bredfield House in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1809. In 1818, his father, John Purcell, assumed the name and arms of his wife's family, the FitzGeralds.

This name change occurred shortly after FitzGerald's mother inherited her second fortune. She had previously inherited over half a million pounds from an aunt, but in 1818, her father died and left her considerably more than that. The FitzGeralds were one of the wealthiest families in England. Edward FitzGerald later commented that all of his relatives were mad; further, that he was insane as well, but was at least aware of the fact.

In 1816, the family moved to France, and lived in St Germain as well as Paris, but in 1818, after the aforementioned death of his maternal grandfather, the family had to return to England. In 1821, Edward was sent to school at Bury St Edmunds. In 1826, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. He became acquainted with William Makepeace Thackeray and William Hepworth Thompson. Though he had many friends who were members of the Cambridge Apostles, most notably Alfred Tennyson, FitzGerald himself was never offered an invitation to this famous group. In 1830, FitzGerald left for Paris, but in 1831 was living in a farmhouse on the battlefield of Naseby.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_FitzGerald_(poet)

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Soldier, A Scarcity Sanctuary Book, by AKM Miles

Soldier and Dillon have both physical and emotional scars, but instead of hiding in fear, they both decided to help other scarred people on their own way. Dillon is taking care of 7 foster kids, and Soldier decides to help them; Dillon was given the use of one of Soldier’s properties, and when Soldier arrives to the house to check on it, it finds Dillon and the kids needs a lot more than only a roof above their heads. Soldier is a wealthy man, even if he has never used any of the money he inherited by his parents; he instead decided to enlist, and now he is retired, no more able to fight, but still scarred by what he saw. When he meets the kids, he understands what will be his next fight, help them, and in helping them, he will heal his emotional scars.

Dillon’s himself got badly hurt, but he has still an open and trusting heart, and it’s even too easy for him to fall for Soldier. Dillon doesn’t see Soldier’s physical scars, probably since Soldier doesn’t see his either, but he is aware that allowing Soldier to help the kids, will also help Soldier to reconcile with the world around him. Plus Dillon has taken a very personal interest in Soldier.

The novel is very much heavy on the emotional layer, and I don’t hide that I shed a tear or two reading it. I was not really worried about these characters, the average feeling was that Soldier was always ready to find a solution, pretty much helped by all the money he had, but nevertheless, there were small kids, and puppies, and well, it was impossible not to be touched by all of them.

In the end it was almost a fairy-tale with a dark side, but if all the real life stories had an happy ending like this one, I would take the dark side and even more. I really hope somewhere in the world there is a safe house for small kids like the one of Dillon and Soldier, I bet it’s a wonderful place to be.

http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=AKMSOLDR

Amazon: Soldier
Amazon Kindle: Soldier
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608203360
ISBN-13: 978-1608203369

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Petit Morts 2: Food of the Gods by Sean Kennedy, Josh Lanyon and Jordan Castillo Price

Pretty Ugly (Petit Morts 6) by Jordan Castillo Price

All the authors in the Petit Morts series have their distinctively style, and that of Jordan Castillo Price is to be biting (and yes, considering we are talking of sweets, the pun is very much intended). She has a little horror touch, nothing overwhelming, more or less like an aftertaste, something that is lingering on the palate after you finish to read one of her novella.

Here we have Dominic, forty something interior design photographer, that, mostly due to his work, is used to judge everyone from their looks. It’s not that he is particularly searching for beauty in a partner, but it’s sure that he judges people from their looks and if they are not beautiful, then they are not important, and for that reason, he more or less doesn’t give a second chance or a shot to a long-term relationship. Problem is that Dominic himself is not handsome, actually he thinks he is ugly, and every possible relationship is always tainted from that from the very beginning: since Dominic is ugly, no one can be really interested in him, probably they are with him for a chance of mingle with the very important persons Dominic works for.

Chance, the magic chocolatier that is the common link in all these novella, will give a gift to Dominic, more or less a different perspective, a concept of beauty that is different from the cold interior design style Dominic is used to. Beauty is in the eyes of who is looking, and so if Dominic knows how to look, he will find it everywhere. But he has to be carefully, because beauty is an elusive thing, and if he gets distracted, he can lose that magical deeper sight.

Amazon Kindle: Pretty Ugly (Petit Morts)
Publisher: JCP Books, LLC (October 26, 2010)

Sort of Stranger Than Fiction (Petit Morts 7) by Josh Lanyon

Nice and sweet, this novella is also unexpectedly “innocent”; Ethan has lived all his life in a less than 500 people small town and he believes he is the only gay man among them. Not the ideal situation if you want to have a boyfriend, and so twenty something Ethan is pure like the day mum did him, and he tends to fantasize like a teenager girl on “boys”. Ethan’s latest crush is Michael, the owner of the dojo two doors after Ethan’s coffee bookstore, a former soldier who arrived in town six weeks before. Michael is a mystery, and the wanna-be writer in Ethan like the mystery and the man.

Ethan is so naïve that he doesn’t realize that, not only Michael is interested in him as well, but there is another man who is trying to make a move on him. So from not having any prospect boyfriend, now Ethan can pick, and the lucky guy will see his dream comes true.

Usually this series has some paranormal element, something “magic”; Sort of Stranger Than Fiction is instead an “ordinary” story, just boy meets boy, boy gets boy, and happily (for now) ever after. I think than, in the end, I prefer it like that.

Amazon Kindle: Sort of Stranger than Fiction (Petit Morts)
Publisher: JCP Books, LLC (October 26, 2010)

Amazon: Petit Morts 2: Food of the Gods
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540238
ISBN-13: 978-1935540236

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