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My Birthing Playlist

Stars The Night Starts Here
Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body
James Blunt – Out Of My Mind
Nobuo Uematsu – One-Winged Angel
Taylor John Williams – Falling Slowly 
Sixpence None the Richer – There She Goes 
The Cure – Lovesong 
Gigi D’Agostino – I’ll Fly With You 
The Presets – Girl and the Sea
James Blunt – High
Solange – Rise
Sondre Lerche – Sleep On Needles
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
James Bay – Let It Go
Holly McNarland – Beautiful Blue
Placebo – Pure Morning
Maroon 5 – Secret
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Aqualung – Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You)
Five For Fighting – 100 Years

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Review: Hyperion

Hyperion
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hyperion transcends time and genre. This book is a tale of tales. Seven pilgrims on a journey towards the same destination, but each with their own agenda and motives. The only way to learn more about the futuristic universe of the Hegemony is to take a trip through each person’s past. With each tale shared, the mystery shrouding the Shrike and the Time Tombs is revealed–little by little–yet leaves you with more questions. A fleshed-out, alluring piece of literature that any reader with a love for Science Fiction must experience.

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Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

If a book cannot be immoral, is it the fault of the man that is corruptly influenced by it? This is one of the many questions that Lord Henry– an unlikeable but fascinating character that Oscar Wilde dreamed up– provokes in The Picture of Dorian Gray. As he succeeds in influencing the thinking of Dorian Gray– who is beautiful and pure when we first meet him– I sense my own thinking altered by Lord Henry, the incorrigible intellectual.

I very much enjoyed Wilde’s prose, which was decorated by pleasant fragrances and hyperbolic utterances. The ideas this book proposed were fun to think about, even if I ultimately did not agree with them. This is not the type of book that gets on with all kinds of people and I won’t fault it for that, but I will admit that it got pretentious and dry towards the end, when years pass for Dorian Gray and he becomes more corrupt. The first half and the ending to the book had a lovely mix of philosophical waxing and an interesting plot to keep the characters going. It’s the 3/4 section of the book that read like a Philosophy thesis and dragged on too long for my taste.

Wilde did one other thing beautifully: he created imagery that is sure to stay in my head for a long time.

What of Art?
-It is a malady.
–Love?
-An Illusion.
–Religion?
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
–You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
–What are you?
-To define is to limit.

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