Warning: If you are one of those people that likes to blow everything out of proportion and be a drama queen or king and is easily offended over nothing skip this article, it´s not that interesting.
If you are reading this you are either too curious to let it go or you just like the crap I write. Moving on, sometimes when I read news articles I make the mistake of browsing through the comments people leave on there. Surprised regularly that some of those people even know how to write, a few are actually quite amusing but then there are those comments that just make me shake my head and say `no comment´.
My mother always told me that if I want to keep my friends never discuss, religion, politics or football (soccer for the Americans) and to this day I follow her advice. That being one of the reasons I never leave comments on news articles no matter how much I want to scream my opinion whether for or against what has been written, but you know how it goes, opinions are like assholes, everybody´s got one so I try hard not to be one of those assholes.
Today I was reading an article on Al Jazeera entitled Behind Russia´s ultra-nationalist crackdown and while not an overly interesting read (for me) some of the comments however were fascinating (and not in a good way). There was however one comment and one reply that made me halt and paste it below. As I said, I try not to be an asshole but maybe suggesting building millions of nukes to kill people the reply was well deserved, there are better ways to deal with problems in this world than nukes. But then again, what do I know? You can shake your head, smile, scowl, growl or whatever, your reaction is yours just don´t make it worse, the situation is bad enough as it is.
1. I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
2. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
3. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
4. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
5. The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
6. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
7. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
8. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
9. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
10. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
11. Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
12. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
13. True friends stab you in the front.
14. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
15. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
16. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
17. Genius is born—not paid.
18. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
19. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?
20. A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
21. My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.
22. The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
23. I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
24. There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
25. Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
And one bonus quote about Oscar Wilde! Dorothy Parker said it best in a 1927 issue of Life:
If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
1. At the age of 26, she handled poisons for a living.
After working as a nurse during World War I, Christie became an apothecaries’ assistant, allowing her access to a myriad of toxins. “Since I was surrounded by poisons, perhaps it was natural that death by poisoning should be the method I selected,” she wrote of her decision to include strychnine and bromide in her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
2. Christie did her best thinking while eating apples and drinking tea—in the bath.
Unfortunately, she found modern baths “too slippery, with no nice wooden ledge to rest pencils and paper on,” so she was forced to give up the stimulating habit.
3. She was one of the first British people to try surfing.
Christie got the opportunity on a trip to Hawaii with her first husband, Archie Christie. Already a bodyboarder, she took to the sport quite quickly: “I learned to become an expert, or at any rate expert from the European point of view—the moment of complete triumph on the day that I kept my balance and came right into shore standing upright on my board.”
4. During World War II, MI5 investigated Christie.
The culprit? Her 1941 mystery, N or M. The British intelligence agency was troubled by the novel’s inclusion of a character named Major Bletchley who claimed to possess critical wartime secrets. They worried Christie was actually referring to a real person, her friend Dilly Knox, a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. The novelist insisted the whole thing was a coincidence—”Bletchley? My dear, I was stuck there on my way by train from Oxford to London and took revenge by giving the name to one of my least lovable characters.”—and MI5 eventually dropped their investigation.
5. She despised marmalade pudding, going so far as to use it to kill a man in her 1953 novel, A Pocket Full of Rye.
Though, to be fair, the cause of death was taxine, an alkaloid poison. Marmalade was just the delivery method.
6. At the height of her popularity, Christie saw herself as a “sausage machine.”
She was producing two books per year at the point, and the exhausting schedule led her to declare, “I’m a sausage machine, a perfect sausage machine.”
7. She grew up believing her mother was psychic.
Christie always asserted her childhood had been “very happy,” and maybe Mama Clara’s second sight had something to do with it.
8. No one can confirm or deny that aliens abducted Christie in 1926.
The theory’s not as silly as you might think. (Though, admittedly, it’s one of the sillier ones). On December 3, 1926, the mystery writer kissed her daughter goodnight, got in a car, and disappeared for eleven days. Over 150,000 volunteers combed the area, but she couldn’t be found. Just as accusations of foul play began to circulate—primarily against her husband Archie—Christie turned up in a hotel in Harrogate, England. She never explained her disappearance.
9. On top of being a famous mystery writer, she was a successful romance novelist.
Christie wrote six romance novels under the pen name Westmacott, including Unfinished Portrait, a semi-autobiographical story about a writer who attempts suicide after her marriage falls apart.
10. Christie has sold more books than there are people in China and America.
With 2 billion copies sold in 103 languages, she remains the best-selling novelist of all time.
Taken from Goodreads
I saw this article in The Independent on ten books that kids should read before they leave school, if I look at what (majority) of the kids post on social media, the ghastly grammar, lack of vocabulary and inexcusable spelling mistakes I think that this list of books is optimistic and sadly I have my doubts whether they will have the ability to understand the content. Of course Harry Potter is not that complicated but still requires a love of reading to get through them.
George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 has beaten Harry Potter to the top of a list of books that “every student should read before leaving secondary school”.
The selection, dominated by classic literature, was chosen by 500 teachers.
1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
6. The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
8. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My husband says that my fear is irrational but then again he didn´t read Stephen King, anybody who read `It´ was terrified of Pennywise… right? Or am I the only person that read this book at 14 and hate clowns to this day in fact so much so that none of my kids have pictures of clowns in their rooms or had them perform at their birthday parties when they were younger… sorry clowns any complaints you can forward them to Mr King. And in case you weren´t brave enough to read the book or it simply is not your cup of tea I have added an illustration of Pennywise to defend my case!
You may have heard of a writer named Stephen King. He wrote a few books that are kind of scary? Yeah? With more than 50 books in print, King is insanely prolific. From classic works of horror like Carrie and The Shining to enormous historical / science fiction books like 11/22/63, King’s fans never have to wait too long for his next novel. It seems like the wheels in that amazing (amazingly terrifying?) mind are always turning!
King obviously has a way with words, and his Twitter is no exception. Full of hilarious thoughts and weekly answers to reader questions, it’s always entertaining. He alternates between adorable tweets featuring his dog, Molly (aka The Thing of Evil), and recommending the books he’s reading. Being the master of horror that he is, I consider him an authority on recommendations in that genre. You could make an entire reading list based on Stephen King recommendations, and be set for a long time.
Here are 11 books that scared the unshakable Stephen King, and so are pretty much guaranteed to keep you up at night and/or give you nightmares. But hey, that’s the fun part!
A Head Full of Ghosts By Paul Tremblay
After 14-year-old Marjorie Barrett starts acting strangely, her parents are devastated to find out that she is showing signs of acute schizophrenia. But when doctors are unable to help Marjorie, the Barrett home turns into a house of horrors, and the family turns to the Catholic church, which suspects demonic possession. The family’s plight is made into a reality TV series, of course, and things only go downhill from there. Fast-forward 15 years, and Marjorie’s younger sister is interviewed about the terrifying past, opening old wounds and psychological horror.
What Stephen King Says: “Scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.”
Bad Country By CB Mackenzie
King recommends a fellow Edgar Award nominee with Bad Country, a novel about Rodeo Grace Garnet, a retiree scraping by as a bounty hunter. When a body shows up near Rodeo’s home, police are brought right to his front door, and he can hardly say no when offered to help solve such an unusual case. What unfolds is a mystery of suspense, betrayal, and (of course) murder.
What Stephen King Says: “Terrific crime/suspense/mystery novel, but the real revelation is his fresh and original voice.”
Day Four By Sarah Lotz
Four days into a five-day voyage, the cruise ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no signal in the middle of the ocean, there is no way to call for help. At first, it seems like no big deal. Surely, someone will come looking for them. But as days go by, food runs out, and a body is found in one of the cabins, it becomes clear that something sinister is happening.
What Stephen King Says: “The new Sarah Lotz novel, Day Four, is really good. USA edition comes out June 15. It’s the cruise ship from hell.”
Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies follows three women at various points of heartbreak. Madeline’s ex-husband and his new wife have moved to her beach town, and their daughter just so happens to end up in the same class as Madeline’s daughter. Meanwhile, Celeste and her husband are trying to become the king and queen of the PTA at their children’s school, but just how far would they be willing to go? Then Jane comes to town, and that might just change everything.
What Stephen King Says: “Trivia Night is the climax of Big Little Lies, by Linda Moriarty. It’s a hell of a good book. Funny and scary. She nails the feuding moms.”
You By Caroline Kepnes
When a beautiful woman walks into Joe Goldberg’s bookstore, he Googles the name on her credit card — Guinevere Beck — and finds out that she’s the only one with that name in New York City. Guinevere’s social media accounts tell Joe everything he needs to know, and a chance encounter with him will change her life. As Joe moves from stalker to boyfriend, things take a turn for the terrifying.
What Stephen King Says: “Hypnotic and scary. A little Ira Levin, a little Patricia Highsmith, and plenty of serious snark. Cool stuff.”
Frankenstorm By Ray Garton
King calls this one “old school,” and for once, that is a good thing. Ray Garton delivers a thrilling novel about the storm of the century. The storm of a lifetime, probably. As a storm brews off of the coast of California, residents have been told to prepare for the worst. But what do they do when the worst is only the beginning?
What Stephen King Says: “Remember when paperback originals were cool? Sex, action, suspense? Try Frankenstorm, by Ray Garton. It’s old school.”
Broken Monsters By Lauren Beukes
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen more than her share of dead bodies. But then a body shows up that’s half human, half deer. As more and more of these disfigured corpses pop up, it’s everything Gabriella can do to hold on to reality. Broken Monsters features an amazing cast of characters, and a chilling plot that will keep you up at night.
What Stephen King Says: “Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn’t put it down. Next month. I’d grab it, if I were you.”
Niceville By Carsten Stroud
What do you do when a town called Niceville becomes something not so nice? Ask Nick Kavanaugh, a cop must investigate both a robbery and a disappearance. But Nick has a dark side of his own, and as he and his wife look further into these crimes, they stumble onto a shadow world which has a different idea of justice. Something is wrong in Niceville, and readers won’t be able to put this book down until they find out what.
What Stephen King Says: “crazy-good supernatural/crime/horror epic. Blew me away.”
The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins
One of the most talked-about books of the beginning of this year, The Girl on the Train is still on the bestseller list months after its release. Rachel loves to people-watch on her commute to work everyday. She loves it so much that she makes up a story for her favorite couple. She names them Jess and Jason and dreams up an entire happily-ever-after life for them. Until “Jess” goes missing. Then Rachel becomes implicated in a crime, but she can’t figure out how.
What Stephen King Says: “really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect.”
The Accident By Chris Pavone
A literary agent in New York finishes an anonymous manuscript that the CIA wants destroyed. Meanwhile, the author is in hiding in Zurich, trying to atone for a lifetime of regrets. The Accident takes place over the course of a single day, as the lives of its characters collide as the book approaches publication. Suspenseful and impossible to put down, The Accident is the perfect book for King fans.
What Stephen King Says: “if you like real nail-biters, this is the best one so far this year.”
The Killer Next Door By Alex Marwood
The people who live at 23 Beulah Grove have secrets. They must. Beulah Grove is the kind of place you go to when you’re completely out of options. Sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel, doesn’t it? I thought so, too. The residents of Beulah Grove keep to themselves until a grisly accident forces them together. But what they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. Dark, twisty, and perfect for King fans, The Killer Next Door is a thriller you can’t miss!
What Stephen King Says: “If you read Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls, her new one—The Killer Next Door—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters.”