My Copy: 9780553582024 (image from bn.com) Well, this one seemed to have too much and too little in its pages, all at the same time. Many characters are missing, which is disappointing because I kept going further and further, wanting to know what happened to X, or Y, or Z. This is a book for … Continue reading A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice & Fire #4), by George R. R. Martin
My Copy: 9781935429043 (image from bn.com) Whew! This might be one of the shorter volumes--page wise--but not on impact. The players all seeking Akira out are starting to meet in the middle, and there's a helluva lot of damage that's going on in about a 24 hour span of time. And there's a big difference … Continue reading Akira (volume 3), by Katsuhiro Otomo
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 think there's not much to say about this play that hasn't already been said by ardent fans of Shakespeare. I did find it surprising that Henry himself (sorry, "King Harry" in the casting) didn't have as large a part as I imagined he would have in his own play. Then again, that seems par … Continue reading “The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
So, now we've drifted back to the events that helped lead up to the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster, with the rise of the Lancasters in this one (and for a few more). For fans of The Hollow Crown--King Richard uses this particular phrase to good effect, actually, in this play. The Tragedy … Continue reading “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” 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: 9780143120933 This is the 2nd time I read this book--the first time, the movie was just coming out and I really wanted to finish the book before seeing it (didn't happen, I admit). As I read this time, I had more hours to dedicate and was able to take my time absorbing it. … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John le Carre
In the past few years, several books have been written about an event I'd only heard of in the fantastic BBC documentary series Secrets of World War II. Suddenly, there are plenty of books detailing "Operation Pastorius," a unique one in that German agents were sent to the United States in 1942 to perform sabotage operations and spy on the American war effort.