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text 2017-07-20 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1142 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

People in disguise, mistaken identity, nobles in the countryside, frustrated romance - must be a Shakespeare comedy, right? Except it's not actually very funny...

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text 2017-07-17 17:58
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 414 pages.
The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron,Unknown

Jonah can't hide; God stirs up a storm!
Once again the Pearl Poet demonstrates great powers of description.

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text 2017-07-15 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 1139 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Time comes along and eats up 16 years in less than a minute!

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text 2017-07-13 21:30
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 1020 pages.
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete tales and poems - Edgar Allan Poe

Poems

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

Frankly, I gave a better rating than the entirety of Poe’s poems deserves when really thinking back to everything I read the last few days.  Honestly the highlight of the collection is “The Raven” and that’s probably were most of the rating comes from, but really besides a few other poems there isn’t really much here I enjoyed.

 

Politian

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

 

This unfinished play is all over the place and one can barely make out the barebones of a plot.  The highlight is some nice dialogue in a few spots beyond that, it’s an unfinished play with parts that don’t go together.

 

Metzengerstein

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

Two noble rival families, a prophecy about both, and throw in supernatural horse.  An intriguing short story that isn’t very coherent with an ending that weird.  Probably over rated the story, but it felt painfully close to being good if only…

 

The Duc De L’Omelette

My rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

 

The titular French nobleman sees a bird fly over him and dies then beats the devil in a card game, I think.  A lot of French in the text and since I don’t know the language I’m guessing on everything, glad it was a short story.

 

A Tale of Jerusalem

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

Three priests go to the walls of a besieged Jerusalem to pay the besieging Roman army for animals to conduct their sacrifices, after dropping the money they haul up the animal which turns out to be a pig.  The twist ending ALMOST makes up for the stereotypical Jewish characters that borders, if not crosses into anti-Semitism.

 

Loss of Breath

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A wife-beater literally loses his breath while hitting her, but doesn’t die though throughout the story people believe he is when not seeing him move.  A satirical look at “life” from a living corpse that would have been better if the reader didn’t get confused several times about what was going on, oh and of course if the jerk wasn’t a wife-beater.

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text 2017-07-02 09:31
Reading progress update: I've read 1138 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

And at last I have context for that most famous of stage directions, "Exit, pursued by a bear."

 

Now for my monthly update on my mission to finish the Complete Works by the end of the year:

 

I am two Acts behind schedule, which pace, if maintained, would put me 4 Acts behind by the end of the year. I also have 64 sonnets and a few pages of miscellaneous poems to go.

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