Book in my bag review
Book: GOLDEN REFLECTIONS
Author: Fred Saberhagen; edited by Joan Spicci Saberhagen and Robert Saberhagen
New stories by David Weber, Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, Jane Lindskold,
John Maddox Roberts, Daniel Abraham and Dean Wesley Smith
Number of pages: 656
Publisher: Baen (December 27, 2011)
Qatar National Library call number: PS648.S3 G55 2011
Find on Amazon: click to purchase Golden Reflections
The first 190 pages are Fred Saberhagen’s articulately written Mask of the Sun, a story about a mysterious mask which foretells the future.
The novel takes you to ancient Cuzco (modern day Peru) You go on a treacherous journey with Mike Gabrieli, Willak Umu and Cori.
There are 7 new short stories. These stories take you to Ancient Egypt, a 2032 AD German parallel universe, Mexico in 1675 and the Texan Alamo in 1836.
The Fate Line is about an incredibly lucky Pharaoh who is torn between being free and following the instructions of a Mask found in an Egyptian tomb.
Wax, Clay and Gold is about a lowly slave who discovers the power of the googles and uses it treacherously.
The Conquistador’s Hat was my personal favourite. It was set in a parallel universe where Germany had conquered most of the world and become a superpower. It’s a “closer you look, the less you see” tale which ends with a deception so clever I couldn’t help smiling.
Like the Rain, set in 17th century Santa Fe, tells of a priest desperate to rid his land of Castillian rule and return power to the natives.
Eyewear is a concocted story about how Spaniards Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions had help on their journey from Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of California.
Remember is a tale of a man ravaged by cancer, who sacrifices the rest of his short life in the battle of the Alamo.
In Washington’s Rebellion, Dunstan Carmichael rises above self to get his team to safety.
What I thought
First off, there is a character called Tupac, who I kept imagining as Tupac the rapper, which made for some interesting imagery.
The Mask of the Sun started out quite incredulous, but I slowly got into it especially rooting for Mike Gabrieli’s character. The story has quite a few unexpected twists and turns.
The 7 additional stories are cleverly written and leave you truly intrigued, wondering if indeed there are parallel universes out there.
Page 193: Mask of the Sun “It didn’t pay to reach too fast for gold”
Page 279: Afterward to the Conquistador’s Hat“we dwell too much on the doing of great and important people.
The fact is that idiots, morons, fools, clowns and losers have probably had as much influence on history; they are just underappreciated.”
Page 460: Washington’s Rebellion “An advantage is only as good as the use someone makes of it.”
Golden Nugget rating (out of 5)
Bag: GAIA’S ARK – NATURAL
Cult Gaia’s ark is a show stopping piece. The bag is modelled after old Japanese bamboo picnic bags. It is a conversation starter piece as everyone wants to know where you got it, what its made of or if your keys fall out through the holes.
It comes in 3 sizes. The mini measures 9″ x 2.5″ x 9”. The small measures 11″ x 3″ x 8” and the large measures 12.5″ x 4″ x 10.5”.
The Gaia is versatile and can be worn during the day or out for drinks with the girls … and yes, your keys may fall out, so do be careful!
Be Modular, Stay Gold
8 favourites for a halcyon holiday
The holidays are here! Looking for the perfect gift for your golden girl? Here are some ideas.
Dior reflected aviator sunglasses available at Optifashion Doha Festival city from QR 2650; Dior’s innovative gold-tone metal aviator sunglasses is a conversation starter. “ Can you see clearly wearing those?” The rose-gold logo print make these modular. Art to go with your apparel.
N°21 Micro Bow Bag in gold metallic wrinkled leather (online exclusive) available online at N°21; The Micro bag trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Go for gold and have everyone bowing with the Micro Bow bag. Each bag will come with respective numbering 1-21 stamped in gold accompanied by a personal message by Alessandro Dell’Acqua. A personal message from Allesandro, yes please and thank you!
Eva Fehren Hexagon hoops QR 13,459; 18 K rose gold with champagne diamonds, because diamonds are a girls best friend. Enough said.
Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold -Illuminating Highlighter QR185 available at Charlotte Tilbury Doha Festival City; this best selling illuminating highlighter from the make up goddess will have you looking like Theia, the goddess of light!!
Carl Kapp Aerosphere sleeveless jacquard dress QR 8,230 available online at matchesfashion.com ; This flattering midi dress is great for the holiday party season. Dress it up with heels and diamonds for a haute couture look or go tough with a biker jacket and metallic accessories.
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman ; riveting read about Eleanor who is completely fine, but is she really?
CKOne gold fragrance from QR325; available at all Woojoh stores in Doha ; fresh scent reminiscent of the golden allure of youth.
Vetements Lighter- heel leather ankle boots QR 3,335 available at matchesfashion.com ;The AW17 ankle boots are set on a cigarette lighter-shaped acetate heel. Picture this with a flirty floral dress. Vetementastic!
noun re·flec·tion \ ri-ˈflek-shən \
:an instance of reflecting; especially : the return of light or sound waves from a surface
:a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation
:the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
Once upon a time, there was a little golden-haired boy who loved to play,
He loved to make the most of the day.
Laughing, singing and chatting, he had a lot to say.
He would skip and run around
His mother would sit and watch, reflecting on her love,
She hugs him and prays for blessings from above,
Asking for a better place, devoid of the complexities of race,
Black, white or gray, she hoped for better days,
As she sat, on the rocks at MIA, bathed by the sun’s golden rays.
Be Modular X
The Museum of Islamic Arts Parks Doha Qatar
Photos by Vanessa Althea
Style Assistant : Fatima Ala- an
8 pieces from the collection that scream “lady with a diadem”