My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780199267170 If you're wondering where the hell Henry VI, Part I went as a review, I haven't done it yet. When tackling this reading-and-reviewing Shakespeare thing, I had a tough job to do. I was initially going to try and get the plays reviewed in chronological order by historical event. However, with the myriad … Continue reading “Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.
My Copy: 9780199267170 (Note: Amended 1/9 due to info lost with internet connection last night.) This is reputed to be Shakespeare's first credited work, and I have to say it's not that bad of a start to his prolific career. At least it's mostly a comedy. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" refers to Valentine and … Continue reading “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare
If I had balls, they'd well and truly be busted to glass shards by now. Yesterday was a "quicksand day" (I got that from Keanu Reeves in "The Replacements."): Okay, that was about football, but mine was about work. The analogy still works. When I screw up at work, it's one thing. When I can't … Continue reading Surviving a day made out of quicksand…
As a recovering recluse, this is a tough topic to approach, but it needs to be done in some way, shape, or form. It hit me when I was least expecting it--passively listening to The Croods when it happened to be on TV a few months ago. Toward the end of the movie, when things're … Continue reading The Difference Between “Living” and “Not Dying.”
I bet some of you were wondering if I miscounted again, but nope--apparently this is Arthur Conan Doyle's last collection of Sherlock Holmes. The very last--complete with the "I mean it this time" from the author. Hell, I'll let him tell it in his own words:
Well, looks like our duo's at it again, though the timeline varies between our gents being relatively young or much older and "retired." I have to say, though, for short stories, I couldn't stop until I'd read them all, and ended up doing so in one day.
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Ah, yes, the master of deduction has returned (by popular demand, I can assume, if the stories of poor A.C.D.'s rabid fanbase are any indication). From the first story of "Adventure of the Empty House" to 12 more spanning different facts of Holmes and Watson's partnership, it's a fun bunch … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 of 8)
"Memoirs" is all over the map regarding the stories and how they're told. I wonder if this is where A.C.D. was getting tired and wanted to end Holmes because he didn't want to be known only for Sherlock Holmes (hey, Doyle, there are far worse legacies, you know).
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from Abebooks.com) I am not writing these reviews to spoil the stories for you. However, if you're like me, you've probably heard a "Sherlock-ism" and then tried to remember where it came from. If you tend to go on reading binges, after a time you may get them mixed up. This is … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”(#2 of 8)