“Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to stories about royalty, war, family, and marriage. I felt a lot like I was reading the first draft of several Disney fairy tale scripts, and/or a recycled mish-mash of Shakespeare's own earlier plays regarding fantasy and coincidence. There are some visuals in this … Continue reading “Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

The Paradiso (The Divine Comedy #3), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My Copy: 9781593083175 (image from bn.com) I heard before that The Paradiso is the great one, just overshadowed by the more famous The Inferno. It's the one that is uplifting and fantastic in its vision and whatnot. There's much more action in this one than in The Purgatorio, in the sense of description and all. … Continue reading The Paradiso (The Divine Comedy #3), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My Copy: 9781593082192 (image from amazon.com) Well, after The Inferno, I was curious how the rest of Dante the Pilgrim's journey was to play out. Maybe it's because The Inferno is so well known in comparison, but I was a bit disappointed with this one. The Purgatorio is the continuation of Dante and his guide, … Continue reading The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Inferno of Dante: a New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky (Bilingual Edition)

My Copy: 9780374524524 (image from amazon.com) I bought this version for one good, simple reason: I wanted to learn Italian that summer and figured once I'd learned a bit, I'd be able to read this one and get the gist of the language. Well, that was the plan. But I still had the book, the … Continue reading The Inferno of Dante: a New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky (Bilingual Edition)

2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

I do my damnedest never to include spoilers, though I will reference some bits of the film to make my point regarding the book. So if you've seen it like half the world has, then you've already spoiled some of it for yourself (ha ha). Seriously, I will minimize the spoiler exposure for the rest of you, but that's the curse of reviewing a pop culture staple--it can't be helped.