Book Review: The Last Battle

The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis. The seventh book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

King Tirian faces an unexpected enemy during his peaceful reign of the Kingdom of Narnia, however he must be courageous in the last season of Narnian history.

A stable door, a clever ape, and two children bring about an unexpected closure to an epic battle, a glorious past, and an enchanted kingdom. 


“Further up and further in”

Book Review: The Fly on the Wall

The Fly on the Wall, written by Tony Hillerman.

The beginning of this mystery thriller was slow, but it soon became riveting and suspenseful, with chase scenes, murder plots, and good old fashioned politics.

John Cotton slowly unravels the truth behind a commercial conspiracy to steal millions of dollars, and soon becomes the target of an unknown entity whose politics and pilfering he must publicize.


“Cotton watched, fascinated. He felt no panic now. Instead, for the first time in his life, he knew the complete measure of fear.” (173)

” ‘…would you publish that story knowing what I’ve told you?’ ‘I don’t know ,’ Cotton said. ‘Not for sure. I’d have to think about it. But I guess I would. Who am I to be judge and jury? I don’t think I’d have the right not to print it.’ ” (325)


Book Review: The Magic of Getting What You Want

A family member recently provided me with some excerpts from a book titled “The Magic of Getting What You Want”, by David J. Schwartz

I would like to share some of the most salient points:


  • Parents should take responsibility for the actions of their children, instead of blaming outside influences.
  • Speak positively of those in your company, and build up those around you with praise.
  • The media celebrates negativity, and promotes more negative behavior.
  • “Bad news really does make more bad news” (104)
  • Terrorists take advantage of free publicity, thanks to press coverage of these tragic events.
  • Ask for help,  and find a mentor who is successful. Asking for help is the greatest praise you can give a mentor.
  • The best advice is advice you request, rather than advice you’re given.
  • Ask, don’t beg.

Marked Collocations

So when you combine two words that usually don’t go together, it’s called a marked collocation.

For example, if I say “peace broke out”, it would catch my attention, because the more common phrase is “war broke out”.

Mona Baker, in her book In Other Words, explains marked collocations and collocational meaning. I found a summary online, and you can find it here.


In the meantime, I’m will ink more of my blog while eating organic mango lemonade.