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Review: Sasha Plotkin's Deceit, A Novel by Vaughn Sherman

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Review: The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde

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The Earl of Hamilton is a popular and handsome man. Women find him irresistible. He has no qualms about loving them and leaving them. He does not want to be tied down in marriage, but would prefer to continue his dalliances with beautiful women. He then meets Emma Grey. Emma is a "well-packaged, wood-nymph."
The Earl and Emma fall in love. The marriage ceremony is to be detained, Emma is sent to stay with her uncle. A plan is created so that they will not need to spend this time apart. A wager is created between the two. Meanwhile Emma's cousin Catherine and a friend of the Earl's meet. This friend is Lord Raikes. He is a handsome man and he and Catherine do their best to stay apart, although they are both attracted to each other.

When I first began reading this short Regency romance story I was not sure I'd like it, much less be able to finish it. It does not have a sweeping storyline, nor strong vivid characters, nor an environment or setting that is describe…

Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I prefer to read the book, before the movie comes out. The movie The Hobbit premiers 14 December 2012. There is a blog and website aptly titled:
The Hobbit. 
and
The Hobbit.


The Hobbit is considered children's literature, but aren't we all children at heart!

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit. He is happy in his respectable, predictable, habitual, life. When Gandalf a wizard comes to visit Bilbo along with several dwarves. They encourage Bilbo to make haste with them in a plan to take back gold from a dragon, Bilbo is more than reluctant. While acting as the hospitable host for his unexpected guests, Bilbo grows temporary bravery. On the morning they are to leave, Bilbo dawdles, his fortitude for adventure has expired along with his sleep. Gandalf hurries Bilbo along. Bilbo leaves his happy little home unprepared--- without even his walking stick. Bilbo's adventure to Lonely Mountain will be life-changing.

This is the first time for me to read The Hobbit. Although I've seen The …

Review: Poems by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Burns

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House of Bronze is hosting a Romanticism in Autumn Challenge for October-November 2012.

So far I've read the following poems by Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Burns. 
This completes my poem reading portion of this challenge. I don't believe I'll have time to read both Ivanhoe and Wuthering Heights, but I'm going to try. Look for these reviews in November 2012. 
Where you see a star to the right of the title of poem, consider this a favorite of mine.
My favorite poem above all others is by Robert Burns (listed below), makes me feel romantic just thinking about it!


William Wordsworth (1770-1850). From the book The Norton Introduction to Literature 4th Edition---1973:
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways*
Scorn Not the Sonnet
Nuns Fret Not
London, 1802
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey*

From The Best Poems of the English Language From Chaucer Through Frost---2004 by Harold Bloom
Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known*
Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower
Sl…

Review: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde was first performed at St. James Theater 14 February 1895. It is a comedy of high society. A farce on Victorian standards of dating and marriage.
The play opened with great reviews, yet it would also be the end of Mr. Wilde's ability to live amongst Victorian England. I'm choosing not to go into details about Mr. Wilde's personal life (which I wouldn't do anyway), because this is a review of his work, not a judgment on his life.
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, 16 October 1854 and died in Paris, France, 30 November 1900. It was to Paris he moved after his arrest, trial and imprisonment in England.
It has been several years ago that I read The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

The Importance of Being Earnest is a play about two men who attempt, but bungle in hiding identity. Jack or is it Earnest wishes to marry Gwendolen. Algernon is her cousin and he does not think this engagement will go as well as Jack believes it…

Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a re-read for me. I first read this book several years ago and it became one of my top ten favorites. The number one reason (I have several reasons) I love this book, is that it was a shock at how different it was than the movies I'd seen "loosely based" on this book. Not only in the "creations" appearance, but his intelligence as well. In the movie adaptions he usually has a square head with buttons on the side of his neck, he wears chunky black boots, walks like a robot, and makes mono-syllable unintelligible sounds.

My favorite adaption of Frankenstein is Gene Wilder's Young Frankenstein.


From 1931, which frightened my mother (back in the day). Frankenstein with Colin Clive as the mad doctor.


The story on how and where Mary Shelley came to write FrankensteinorThe Modern Prometheus is almost as interesting as the story itself. A young Mary Wollstencraft Godwin and her lover and later husband Percy Byshhe Shelley, were livin…

October Question From The Classics Club

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For the month of October The Classics Club meme is 
"Why are you reading the classics?"

I am a lover of quotes and while I'm expressing my answer to this question of "why am I reading the classics?" I'll add-in a few of my favorite quotes on this subject.

"A classic is a classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions "of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is a classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness."
Edith Wharton

I read the classics because they've stood the test of time. Their stories have resonated through the years with readers who have loved and cherished them. I want to read for myself why so many others have loved these books and have called them classics. 

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it."
James Bryce

I read the classics because I want to learn of other people and cultures and travel to other lands and…