Yesterday I finished Neil Gainman’s Stardust.
In the edition that I’ve got there’s also a prologue to Stardust; The Story of Wall.
It’s just a few pages but it’s about a girl who’s out on a field and sees a magpie land beside her. Then comes another one, and another one, and another one until there are seven of them.
It the book the girl remembers a rhyme that goes like this:
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for girls,
Four for boys,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told
As I read the rhyme I realised that that is also part of one of my favourite Counting Crows songs, A Murder of One. This got me thinking that they must’ve gotten the rhyme from somewhere and perhaps so did Gaiman, unless of course he actually wrote it himself, I find that somewhat unlikely though.
Since I can’t a find a good answer to this question on google (all I found there was people debating whether the rhyme went up to ten or not, something I seriously doubt the original rhyme does but that’s a different story) I’m now stretching out to you, my few, earnest readers in an attempt to clarify this. So the question is, who originally wrote this rhyme and how does it actually go?
I bought 8 books today. 7 of them are written by Andy McNab and one by Chris Ryan, both part of the SAS mission with the call sign Bravo Two Zero that I’ve mentioned before.
* Agressor – McNab, Fiction
* Dark Winter – McNab, Fiction
* Deep Black – McNab, Fiction
* Recoil – McNab, Fiction
* Liberation Day – McNab, Fiction
* Immediate Action – McNab, Documentary
* Seven Troop – McNab, Documentary
* The One That Got Away – Ryan, Documentary
Previously in my list of McNab Books:
* Bravo Two Zero – Documentary
* Firewall – Fiction
* Remote Control – Fiction
* Cross Fire – Fiction
* Last Light – Fiction
I have to admit that the thought has crossed my mind. I have some kind of fascination for the SAS (Special Air Service) that I can’t really explain. Would I make it? I don’t know. Physically I’d need to get some exersice but the real question is if I’d handle the mental agony, I guess I’ll never really know.
Why am I suddenly blogging about the SAS? The reason is very simple really.
I’ve read a couple of books by author Andy McNab recently. He’s a former SAS soldier and has not only written a couple of books accounting for real life missions but also several fictional books about former SAS soldier Nick Stone.
Anyway, I started off by reading Bravo Two Zero. This book is based on an actual mission in Iraq which went to the crapper and several of the eight-man squad were captured or killed. It’s a very intresting read and I’d recommend anyone to do it regardless of what your facination of war and the likes might be.
Once I’d finished Bravo Two Zero I wanted more so I started reading some of his fictional books. I had one available, Firewall, and I read it it just two days. Firewall is one of ten books about Nick Stone who used to be an SAS soldier but now he’s a ‘K’, a soldier whom still works for the British government but only get the kind of shady missions that no one will ever admit is acctually taking place. And would he fuck up, well, then noone knows who he is and no one will be there to help him. When I finished Firewall I got on to reading Crossfire and now I’m completely hooked.
Andy McNab has written two more real life accounts and 8 more books about Nick Stone and I’m going to read them all.