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review 2018-11-24 20:03
Theories Galore: "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
The Complete Illustrated Works Of Lewis Carroll - Lewis Carroll

(Original Review, 1994-08-10)

I’ve always interpreted “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” as a (modern) Fairytale.

In a way most of modern commercial movies are more like classical fairytales: very elemental stories set in a simplistic moral universe, with stereotypical characters. The movies may seem to be more complex but that is mostly 'effect'. Movies are very good at the dazzle part of the story telling business. Complexity of story: very much less so.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-10-18 20:07
What to read next?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine - Lindsey Fitzharris

I got my flu shot today and I´m a bit tired tonight because of it. I have finished my Halloween bingo reads, though, so I have to line up my next reads (I don´t want to fall into the reading slump trap). I´m not too tired for that. After perusing my shelves, I went for two books:


  1. I´m in the mood for a classic and I picked a short one with Alice in Wonderland.
  2. The Butchering Art is a new addition to my TBR and the subject matter is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read it. So off it goes onto my currently reading list.


And maybe Michael Connelly´s The Black Echo will arrive in the mail tomorrow, so this might be jumping on my reading list as well. I think that´s a pretty neat line up for the weekend.








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review 2018-09-27 03:19
Baba Yaga's Assistant - Marika McCoola,Emily Carroll
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A delightful read about a young woman applying to be Baba Yaga's assistant. I love the idea of this book and I especially liked Baba Yaga's character in it. She is so feisty and fierce. 

Going into it, you really don't even have to know much about the traditional Baba Yaga stories. The story does a good job of introducing her character throughout the story so it is easy to learn as you go. 

The story incorporates flashbacks as well as scenes from traditional Baba Yaga stories. There is a lot going on. However, it is really easy to keep everything straight because the artwork varies for each story line. Great way to keep the reader engaged and interested.

Great book. I really enjoyed the retelling.
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review 2018-09-09 23:20
Baba Yaga's Assistant
Baba Yaga's Assistant - Marika McCoola,Emily Carroll

I love Emily Carroll's art and I love Baba Yaga and Slavic folklore, so I HAD to read this one.


Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It played on a lot on the traditions of the folklore and I love the twists and the ways Masha was able to "outsmart" Baba Yaga. The biggest critique is the stakes really weren't that high. It was more of a steady pace, rather than becoming particularly intense. Still, it was a cute and heartwarming story and I'd be happy to read it to my baby cousins. 


Final rating: 4.5 out of 5

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review 2018-08-08 16:33
Not as packed with info as I expected
Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked - Rachel C. Vreeman,Aaron E. Carroll

I have issues with this book.


On one hand, there is a lot of research and a wealth of studies referenced to support what is proved or debunked. The overall tone is also pretty irreverent and entertaining, the writing easy, and acceptance is the name of the game.


Thing is, there is a lot that is biased, too local or just plain inconclusive in this book.


There are many inconclusive chapters where the bias of authors colour the wrap up. Even when I agree with the bias, it gets irksome. Oh, and I'm unconvinced some of the studies results can be parsed into proving or disproving some myths. There is a lot of talk of "linked" that sounds more like correlation than causation.


I'm not from USA, so the local bent sometimes makes the polling (specially the health ones) not as strong a prop.


Inconclusive chapters make sense where there is not enough data and studies, but it grates to see the myth counted and addressed when the final verdict is a shrug and a cheery opinion.


Still, I left with some curious facts not previously in my radar (though not nearly as much sheer info as I expected). Two come to mind: that the G spot has not been physiologically identified (like, seriously?). That PVH vaccine is to be ideally administered before any sexual activity, but can be gotten whenever (context: there is free vaccination here, and campaigns, but they are aimed at girls under 13, and the notion passed around is that getting vaccinated after certain age is useless, not that you can get vaccinated whenever, it just happens that once you are being sexually active, there is a high chance that you won't finish the rounds before contracting the virus).


All around? A bit superficial, but not bad.

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