BOOK REVIEW: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

So, another life goal of mine is to read all the books recommended in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon.  This list fell out of fashion (in many ways, thank goodness) because it’s basically “the dead white guys who wrote stuff” list.  However, someone told me it used to be the indication of a well-read person… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Poetry

I had every intention of writing & posting this last week.  Then, my Dad’s car crapped out & I had to be his driver.  I would’ve rather re-read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, to be honest. Shakespeare’s poetry isn’t as well known as his plays; not by a long shot.  However, many of us… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Poetry

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Tragedies

William Shakespeare’s tragic plays are some of the best known.  Almost everyone has encountered one or another at some point – either in school or, far more likely, in popular culture. Or, maybe if you’re a weirdo, you had your Barbies® act out Romeo and Juliet as a kid.  Or so I’ve heard some people… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Tragedies

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Histories

I’ll admit – I tried tackling The Complete Works of William Shakespeare once before.  It was sometime while I was in college, between 2003 and 2009, which was foolish in itself – I was an English major.  It’s not like I didn’t have enough to read! However, during that attempt, I reached the historical plays… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Histories

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Comedies

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare has fourteen plays in the “comedies” section. Most – if not all – share some of the same themes & characteristics: Separations of family or loved onesDisguises & mistaken identities, often leading to humorous situations & big revealsMain plot deals with love, relationships, sex,etc.Secondary plots deal with a variety of… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Comedies

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Introduction

Dear Lord – this book took me forever to finish!  But, now that I’m done, I feel like I’ve accomplished a life goal.  It might even be an item on my bucket list. I made a poll asking if I should split this post up &the consensus (from two people), was a resounding, “YES.” Suffice… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Introduction