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It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9) by Derek Landy (28-Aug-2014) Hardcover
Derek Landy
Progress: 256/597 pages
Top 10 Berin 2018
Jürgen Scheunemann
Progress: 92/192 pages
The Professor
Charlotte Brontë
Progress: 138/260 pages
Ack-Ack Macaque
Gareth L. Powell
Progress: 249/792 pages
Introduction to Topology
Bert Mendelson
Progress: 10/224 pages
Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics)
Katharine Eisaman Maus
Progress: 51/464 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 350/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe

Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Our hero easily buys in to a bunch of negative stereotypes about Flemish Belgians. Also, Bruxellois dates back a long way. Bruxellois is like Quebeqois but closer to Paris...

Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

The Spanish Tragedy is set in...Spain!


The General describes the battle to the King; reminiscent of the same in MacBeth. Though Shakespeare did it better, this is still good! Andrea (the ghost) was killed in Spain's victory over Portingale (Portugal). Revenge has promised Andrea's ghost revenge (what else is Revenge gonna promise some-one, peanuts?) on his killer.

Brickheadz
Brickheadz

How many of these film characters can you identify?

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

Every critical essay involving some other Revenge Tragedy cites The Spanish Tragedy (Kyd) as the first of its kind, which, beyond just liking the drama of the period in general, was why I wanted to read this particular book. So far we have a ghost, revenge personified and a mountain of Classical allusions.

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Our hero is off to Belgium due to Hunsdon's manipulations.

Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 464 pages.

Four Revenge Tragedies: (The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, and The Atheist's Tragedy) (Oxford World's Classics) - Katharine Eisaman Maus

The Introduction observes that Elizabethan-Jacobean Revenge Tragedy has antecedents in Classical Tragedy and descendants in Holywood revenge movies - however the latter often allow the protagonist to get away with mass murder entirely consequence-free which is a distinct evolution away from the English Renaissance dramatic genre.

Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Currently Hunsden is a more interesting character than our hero.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

The other thing the Brontes valued as highly as intellect was moral rectitude and that's being established for our protagonist, too, though he's not a flawless character.

Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

The Bronte appreciation of intellect above almost all else - way above beauty - is already plainly evident.

Reading progress update: I've read 476 out of 638 pages.

I Am a Cat - Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume

The Cat with No Name is a mind-reader!

Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 260 pages.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

I continue my Austen and the Brontes project but wimp out of Charlotte's two remaining door-stoppers, Shirley and Villette, and go for the by comparison very brief, The Professor, instead.

Reading progress update: I've read 465 out of 638 pages.

I Am a Cat - Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume

Yep, Masters, pupils, koans; Zen is mercilessly lampooned.

Reading progress update: I've read 450 out of 638 pages.

I Am a Cat - Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume

Do I detect mockery of Zen and other meditation-based philosophies?

Isaac Newton, James Gleick

Isaac Newton - James Gleick

Newton is not much less of a cypher to me after reading this than he was before, which is unfortunate, because what I really wanted was insight into his character. I'm left with the impression of a man with a big, fragile ego, much less a scientist in the modern sense than I expected because of his reluctance to publish his results, despite his obvious genius, which has come to shape our modern world philosophically and technologically.

 

I don't know if Gleick chose not to focus on character or if there isn't much evidence, but if you want the bare facts of Newton's life and what he acheived, then this book will give you them in a compact, digestible form.

Reading progress update: I've read 241 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Hooste brings us  abruptly down to earth by commenting on his much less saintly wife and the Monk agrees to tell some tragedies.

Reading progress update: I've read 446 out of 638 pages.

I Am a Cat - Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume

An elderly gentleman visits. He grew up under the Shogunate. People were much more formal, then.