Had a little spare time this weekend so I gulped down two books. One was an old favorite, Barry Hughart’s Bridge of Birds. The other was a recent purchase off Amazon, Jim Butcher’s White Night.

Both are really great books. Not good books. Great books. Books to savor. Books to read and re-read and think about and let them change your life. Here’s a wonderful passage out of White Night that if I think about it enough could do just that:

โ€œLife’s easier when you can write off others as monsters, as demons, as horrible threats that must be hated and feared. The thing is, you can’t do that without becoming them, just a little. Sure, Lasciel’s shadow might be determined to drag my immortal soul down to Perdition, but there was no point hating her for it. It wouldn’t do anything but stain me that much darker.โ€ (310)

Something I’ve known, mused about, tried to write about, but not encapsulated as neatly as this. Hating something violently, passionately, makes us that little bit more like the thing we hate. Draws us that much further down in to the darkness. It’s love, compassion, understanding that sets us free.

Now to write it half as well as Hughart and Butcher do . . .

Author: ejfrostuk

Writer of sci-fi, urban fantasy and hard romance.

5 thoughts on “Humility”

  1. Now to write it half as well as Hughart and Butcher do . . .

    Herro me Em-Peep! This may just be ’cause I’m biased and all, but I think ya can write that better than they do. ๐Ÿ˜€


      1. I loves ya too! But ‘sides me biaseness, ๐Ÿ˜€ , ya a talented Em Peep! Just as much or more so than those two peeps, only difference is ya haven’t been published yet. But one of these days… and I want a signed copy too. ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Amen to that! I agree wholeheartedly! I wish I could write like that!

    And Em, THANKS for the Vgift! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, it IS my 39:th birthday tomorrow… GAH!



    1. You’re both biased, but I appreciate the support. And there will be free, signed copies for anyone who wants one if any of these monsters make it to print, or eprint.

      Happy birthday, Nic! 39’s not so bad — it’s been a pretty good year for me so far. ๐Ÿ™‚



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