The Road of Silk: Book Review
"The Road of Silk is an adventure fantasy, with mystical and
magical elements and a high energy feel to it that any
reader will enjoy. Although this novel is written for an adult
audience, I believe anyone over the age of 10 could easily
become immersed in its pages. This is a co-written work
between Matt Afsahi and Barbara Dysonwilliams, who have
written many of their own books in the past. In The Road of
Silk, they successfully combined their wide range of
knowledge in journalism, art, archaeology, literature and
languages into a wonderful piece of work.
Six main characters play important parts in this battle of
good against evil - where there is little hope of survival.
Running is not an option, as it would only result in a
gruesome war. Queen Yasmin, a stunningly beautiful young
woman, is more than willing to sacrifice herself and marry
an evil King whom she cannot love for something bigger
than herself - the safety of her people. For her, war is a
tragedy to be avoided at all costs, even if it means
sacrificing love and happiness.
Queen Yasmin finds love where she did not expect it, and
learns hidden family secrets that alter her future forever. She
discovers a great power within herself and the journey helps
her to find the strength and confidence that will help her rule
justly and wisely. Along the way a deep friendship develops
between unlikely characters that breaks through belief
systems and ingrained feelings of duty.
Forced to make choices in challenging situations helps the
six main characters grow into better (or sometimes worse)
people. They all end up facing their greatest fears and their
choices will determine their fate.
The Road of Silk was definitely an entertaining read. It had a
smooth story line with interesting characters and had a
sense of fun and energy to it throughout. I felt the authors
were trying to tell readers that friendship and honor will seek
us out when we live consciously. Living is about choices,
after all - and few of the choices are easy."
Authors: Matt Afsahi and Barbara Dysonwilliams
Publisher: Synergy Books
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
The 2017 PEN Literary Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 27, with the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Margaret Atwood.
The honorees are:
Fiction: Black Sheep Boy by Martin Pousson
Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Research Nonfiction: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
Poetry: Look by Solmaz Sharif
Young Adult: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Translation: Confessions by Rabee Jaber, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Journalism: The White Flight of Derek Black by Eli Saslow
Drama: Roe, by Lisa Loomer
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In an op ed for the New York Times, Matt A.V. Chaban, policy director for the Center for an Urban Future, discusses how libraries in New York City, and potentially, in cities across the country, could find much needed funds to modernize and stay relevant for the long term through partnerships with housing and office developments:
"In 2014, the city selected the Fifth Avenue Committee to undertake the novel task of redeveloping the Sunset Park branch. There, an eight-story building will rise, with the first two floors dedicated to a library 75 percent larger than the one there now. The floors above will have 49 apartments, all of which will be rented to low- and middle-income families in perpetuity.
Imagine if the city did the same at the branch in Corona, Queens, where cramped quarters force study groups to huddle on the floor; or Red Hook, Brooklyn, where families from the nearby housing projects are eager for more job training; or Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where rising sea levels and storms like Sandy threaten its very operations."
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The Handmaid's Tale won five awards including best drama series, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and best supporting actress for Ann Dowd.
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James Hohmann, national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Daily 202, leads Monday's issue with a look at the many books Hillary Clinton turned to after her election loss:
"What Happened was quickly strip-mined for political nuggets after its publication last Tuesday. As I went through it over the weekend, though, what struck me most was how the wounded Democrat coped after her crushing defeat last November.
In short, Clinton has read voraciously and eclectically for escape, for solace and for answers.
The collection of works that she cites across 494 pages showcases a top-flight intellect and would make for a compelling graduate school seminar..."
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Mrs. Dahl made the remark during a conversation with Donald Sturrock, her husband's biographer, on BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. "It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea when the book was first published to have a black hero," Mr. Sturrock said. "She said people would ask why."
After a nine month dispute, Manhattan's Federal District Court has ruled that Matthew Lombardo's theatrical parody, Who's Holiday! a dark and decidedly adult sequel of sorts to Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas does not violate the copyright of the original story.