Archive for May, 2014

Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe – II

There is really no describing the sensation of being watched. I have heard it called a prickling at the back fo the neck, and even a consciousness of eyes that seem to float in darkness, but it is neither–at least, not for me. It is something akin to a sourceless embarrassment, coupled with the feeling that I must not turn around, because to turn will be to appear a fool, answering the promptings of baseless intuition. Eventually, of course, one does.

Wolfe, Gene. Shadow & Claw. New York: ORB, 1994.

Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe – III

I was miserable before I knew I was no longer happy, and bowed with responsibility when I did not yet fully understand I held it.

Wolfe, Gene. Shadow & Claw. New York: ORB, 1994.

Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe – I

It is my nature, my joy and my curse, to forget nothing. Every rattling chain and whistling wind, every sight, smell, and taste, remains changeless in my mind, and though I know it is not so with everyone, I cannot imagine what it can mean to be otherwise, as if one had slept when in fact an experience is merely remote.

Wolfe, Gene. Shadow & Claw. New York: ORB, 1994.

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.

Snicket, Lemony. The Grim Grotto. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.