My Copy: 9780553593716 (image from bn.com) I was not planning to read this book yet. I hadn't even planned to buy it until last month because I wanted to get ALL the books before reading them one at a time. But seeing as how this book originally was published in 1996, and we're in 2020 … Continue reading Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1), by George R.R. Martin
Funny how this is the stereotypical day for "new life, new you" thinking, and the day when everybody posts their goals and the things they want changed at the turn of the calendar. Mine's a little different. I am going through my book list and seeing what I should tackle this year (leaving some lee-way … Continue reading Being overly ambitious with your goals, & getting away from that.
I think Coriolanus has the longest Act 1 I've read so far, but the long setup is useful--and needed--in setting up the characters and the situation in a dwindling Rome. Coriolanus begins with citizens griping about the recent famine and grain stores of the wealthy which are full. They call one of them out, Martius … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Ah, definitely one of my favorite plays, if only for its intense mockability and length. Oh, and should I say "the Scottish play" instead? I already asked what the hell that was about in this question post, but for the sake of fun, read and feel free to watch that Blackadder segment I linked to … Continue reading “Macbeth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I fondly remember this play, and was more than pleased to revisit it on Christmas (though instead of the fabulous Laurence Fishburne's voice from the 1995 film version, I heard Idris Elba. And why not--the man's excellent!). It's a great tragedy that I'd love to see on the stage over and over again. And without … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.
Maybe it's just been a bad time, but I tried for two weeks to read and get into this play. I think I should read it again another day, but honestly, I think I'm a bit tired of these "comedies of errors" that keep cropping up. Week after week of romance, pining, mistaken identity, tricks … Continue reading “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
I have to say, maybe the story's so well known that it makes this play easier to understand than I thought it would be. Now I'm wondering why we never read the complete play when I was in school, though every 10th grader had to deal with it. Guess the teachers thought the parts after … Continue reading “Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
It's kind of odd how I got the gist of this one better than 1 Henry IV, and yet it just didn't feel as good. It felt a bit muted, as if Shakespeare was having fun experimenting and biding his time, but ultimately, there wasn't much cohesiveness to it. 2 Henry IV is about King … Continue reading “2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare