Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recently Quoted

  • But Mr. Slide did not know that he was lying, and did not know that he was malicious. The weapon which he used was one to which his hand was accustomed, and he had been led by practice to believe that the use of such weapons by one in his position was not only fair, but also beneficial to the public. Had anybody suggested to him that he was stabbing his enemy in the dark, he would have averred that he was doing nothing of the kind, because the anonymous accusation of sinners in high rank was, on behalf of the public, the special duty of writers and editors attached to the public press. Mr. Slide's blood was running high with virtuous indignation against our hero as he inserted those last cruel words as to the choice of an obscure but honest profession.

    an excerpt from Phones Redux, written by Anthony Trollope in 1873

  • Editors of newspapers are self-willed, arrogant, and stiff-necked, a race of men who believe much in themselves and little in anything else, with no feelings of reverence or respect for matters which are august enough to other men...

    an excerpt from Phones Redux, written by Anthony Trollope in 1873

  • There is no harder life than this. Here and there we may find a man who has so trained himself that day after day he can devote his mind without compulsion to healthy pursuits, who can induce himself to work, though work be not required from him for any ostensible object, who can save himself from the curse of misusing his time, though he has for it no defined and necessary use; but such men are few, and are made of better metal than was Mr. Maule.

    an excerpt from Phones Redux, written by Anthony Trollope in 1873

Recently Noted

  • Am I up to immediately jump to the sequel? Definitely not. But might I one day... if it ever gets translated to English? Probably.

    an note about A Heart Divided, written by Jin Yong in 1957

  • 500 more pages of rambling kung fu battles! This was actually really fun, and I think the most engrossing any of these books have been. Some major plot twists that were legitimately shocking to me, some real character development for our hero (finally), and stake-raising that felt organic and earned.

    I mostly loved the way the much-hyped Contest at Mount Hua turned out, and how it matches a maturing Guo Jing.

    an note about A Heart Divided, written by Jin Yong in 1957

  • I was sick last week (covid, finally!) and so picked this up to pass the time. It was a lot more pretentious than I remembered. I mean, it earns it for sure, but was not as enjoyable as I recalled it being.

    an note about Dune, written by Frank Herbert in 1965

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