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text 2017-03-28 10:25
Reading progress update: I've read 334 out of 536 pages.
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Day 4 is over. 

 

Thank god day 4 is over.

 

Day 4 was spent with Adso mooning about in the most melodramatic, angst-ridden fit of romance that has, possibly ever, been committed to paper.  

 

In the midst of all this mooning, he and William make a map of the library.

 

That's it.

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text 2017-03-28 05:43
Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 536 pages.
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Day three.  Are we there yet?

 

Day three started off refreshingly concise with clues and questioning; some sections were even just two pages!  We're making progress, I thought.

 

And then god Eco laughed.  Obviously he realised he was focusing much too strongly on the plot, and immediately corrected himself with pages of mind-numbing, hair-splitting, theological and philosophical monologues.  Context or not, plot-related or not, I'd argue nobody needs to know this much 13th century theology.  

 

Then all of the sudden, and I do mean all of the sudden, Adso sins.  Sins HUGE - at least two commandments were shattered and several vows were definitely tarnished.  And the whole thing happened as quickly, and as unbelievably, as though he'd slipped on a banana peel.  All I can say is he's lucky to have had William as his confessor; if he'd confessed to anyone in the church when I was growing up, he'd still be saying rosaries 10 centuries later.  

 

After confessing and not getting more than a cuff on the head (!!), the day ends with the discovery of another dead body.  They're dropping like flies at the monastery and I can't help thinking that if only they'd stop with the theological tangents, they'd have caught this guy by now, and I could be reading something far more entertaining, if also far more shallow.

 

I do have to say though, William and his glasses make me chuckle, as do some of the chapter headers.

 

Let day 4 begin!

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review 2017-03-25 15:37
The Wizard of Oz #4
All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Ben Caldwell,L. Frank Baum

What a unique adaption of the Wizard of Oz and I have to say, that this graphic novel moves quickly. I thought that the frames were easy to follow and I liked the bright and bold colors that were used in the illustrations. I was disappointed that some of the classic features of the novel were left out but the author added some his own adaptions that I think younger children will enjoy. I found a few illustrations hard to decipher, the chaos inside them overlapping and the features hard to distinguish from one another, I decided that bedlam was taking place and I moved on to the next frame. Some of the characters had some interesting characteristics to make them stand out while other characters I wasn’t too fond of. This mix of characters created a fun and entertaining read.

 

The graphic novel opened up just like the classic novel that we all love with Dorothy and her beloved dog touching down in the Land of Oz. Finding out that she has just killed the Wicked Witch of the East, the munchkins inform her just how wicked the witch was including how the witch had cut the library funding. Dorothy doesn’t immediately find herself in the ruby slippers in this adaption, the munchkins tell Dorothy that she can remove the magical slippers from the witch and she then become the new Witch from the East. Dorothy is not sure if she wants to be a witch but the shoes are rather tempting and after explaining to them that she wants to go back home to Kansas, she puts on the sparkling shoes. The munchkins explain to Dorothy her best option to get back to Kansas and send her and her dog on her way with the golden bricks under her feet, the picnic basket swinging from her arm and her dog running beside her. With new adaptions to this classic, I found that this novel would be entertaining to younger children.

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text 2017-03-25 06:26
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 536 pages.
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Day two is over.

 

Oh my god the theologising.  So much theologising.  And Latin; my grade school latin was stretched to the breaking point. Tam theologica disceptatione.  I enjoy a good theological debate, but this is not good theological debate; most of this is a pissing contest between characters.  And all due respect to Eco, because it's obvious he wrote brilliantly, but I'm on page 180 and 165 pages of what I've read so far have had nothing to due with the plot.  'Setting and context!' I hear some you say, and to that I say 'overkill!'.

 

Still and all, day two has brought a dead body, labyrinths, invisible ink, coded texts, hallucinations, illusions and the mythical library, so all is not hopeless, and I'm charging into day three. 

 

Besides, I have passed my personal point of no return and have reached the point of seeing this as a personal battle of will.  I will not let this book defeat me ::shaking fist::!

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text 2017-03-24 04:24
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 536 pages.
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

I've finally made it though the first day with Brother William.  

 

That was a long day.

 

Unless things pick up soon, I don't like my chances of making it through the week.

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