Review: Love’s Labor’s Lost

Love’s Labor’s Lost by William ShakespeareMy rating: 5 of 5 stars From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;They are the books, the arts, the academes,That show, contain and nourish all the world. I saw this at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Oct. 11th. I only had time to start readingContinue reading “Review: Love’s Labor’s Lost”

The Sunday Post

Last week I posted reviews of The Red Tree, contemporary horror for the RIP Challenge, and Manfred,  my first book for the Classics Club. I saw Love’s Labor’s Lost on Thursday at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I got a discounted ticket on short notice, but I started reading the play before I went to see it. It wasContinue reading “The Sunday Post”

Review: Manfred

Manfred by Lord ByronMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not sure I had heard of this play until I came across a reference to it in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It is not mentioned by name, but here’s the relevant bit: ” ‘Now I know very little of English magicians. They have alwaysContinue reading “Review: Manfred”

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Reviews on this blog: I posted reviews for On Bullshit  and The Red Tree (also posted on GoodReads). Last week was Horror Week on the GoodReads blog, which posted this list: The 50 Most Popular Horror Novels on GoodReads (the list also includes some short story collections) I’ve read:  CoralineContinue reading “The Sunday Post”

Review: The Red Tree

The Red Tree by Caitlín R. KiernanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been meaning to try a book by and this was the one OverDrive had. The Red Tree is an epistolary novel about a writer with a who rents an old farmhouse near an ancient red oak tree. She ends up committing suicide,Continue reading “Review: The Red Tree”

Book Beginnings

I tried to post about this yesterday. Not sure what happened to that post, so I’m reposting this. My book is The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan. When I finish it, this will be book #2 for the RIP Challenge. “Editor’s Preface I have visited the old Wight Farm and its “red tree,” thereContinue reading “Book Beginnings”

A Poison Tree by William Blake

Illustration from Songs of Innocence & Experience I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not; my wrath did grow. And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears; And I sunned it with smiles. And with softContinue reading “A Poison Tree by William Blake”

Review: On Bullshit

On Bullshit by Harry G. FrankfurtMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Frankfurt discusses the difference between bullshit and lies. Lying is a conscious act of deception, while BSing is distinguished by its indifference to how things really are. The liar, in order to lie, must know what he thinks is true, whereas the BSer doesn’tContinue reading “Review: On Bullshit”

Review: The Accursed (book #1 for the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge)

The Accursed by Joyce Carol OatesMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Set in Princeton, New Jersey, in the early 20th century, The Accursed follows the prestigious family of the minister Winslow Slade, which is under a mysterious curse. The story is presented by M.W. van Dyck, a historian from Princeton. Like Wilkie Collins, Oates reliesContinue reading “Review: The Accursed (book #1 for the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge)”


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