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review 2019-05-02 02:42
Inferno?
Inferno - Dante Alighieri

Okay, I apologize! What was I thinking? A few illustraations would help? They did but it is still quite boring. I consider my classics experiment at an end. Too many other ENJOYABLE books out there. If I say I'm reading some old classic, feel free to start throwing tomatoes. The illustrations were quite good though!

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review 2019-02-28 18:28
Tales From the Crypt, Vol. 2 (EC Archives)
The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt, Vol. 2 - Al Feldstein,Joe Dante

An issue of 'Tales From the Crypt' was one of the few comic books lying around my house growing up. It was sick, it was gruesome, and I read it all the time. I was never sure where it came from and my parents refused to get us any more, but it stayed with me. I remember my siblings and I loved to watch the cartoon on Saturday mornings and later watched the TV show and movie.

 

These are just as fun to read now as when I was a kid. Even with the overuse of exclamation marks - literally there's one at the end of every sentence even on the most mundane of statements! These stories have vengeful corpes, premonitions of death, voodoo dolls, curses - you name it! The vibrant colors on these reissues makes them really pop. I can see why my parents raised their eyebrows at this stuff in the early 90s, so yeah, this was controversial in the 1950s and led to some pretty heavy restrictions on the industry.

 

EC Comics Archive

 

Previous: 'Vol. 1'

 

Next: 'Vol. 3'

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text 2019-02-09 19:37
Resurrecting my classics read
Inferno - Dante Alighieri

I had to share that I have restarted my goal of reading classics. However, rather than just picking some random book that I happen to own, I'm reading ones I think I'd actually enjoy. First up is Dante's Inferno. NO not the dumb Dan Brown repetitive story (have you noticed all the stories (with who most people really think is Tom Hanks) are actually all the same? They all involve Hanks (see even I don't recall the Professor's name) and some beautiful girl running together around Europe with solving some mystery connected with the catholic church. Only the girls and the locations change so Brown can show off his world knowledge. NO, I'm talking the real book by Dante. I'd started it in the past but never got very far. But after finding this illustrated edition by Fall River Press at Barnes and Noble (Oops, should I have said that? Will Amazon now hunt me down and kick me off the site?) I am certain it will be much more enjoyable and less taxing on the mind trying to picture all of these evils. 

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text 2018-10-31 19:54
Monthly Run Down - October 2018
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know - Retta
The Magic Misfits: The Second Story - Neil Patrick Harris
The Cad and the Co-Ed - L.H. Cosway,Penny Reid
Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - Dante Fabiero
How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - D.L. Hughley
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Whiskey Dick - Ryan Ringbloom
Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: Th... Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Life Style for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - Don Colbert
Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story - Shannon Hale
Ever After High: Hunter Huntsman's Story - Shannon Hale



Books I Read:

 

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know - 4 Stars - Retta is my cousin, she doesn’t know it but I’ve adopted her.

 

The Second Story: The Magic Misfits - 3.5 Stars - I like the way this series is going.

 

Ashlynn Ella’s Story - 3 Stars - Ugh what a sad story she is signing up for.

 

The Cad and the Co-ed - 4.5 Stars - I loved these characters.  

 

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - 5 Stars - Super cute.

 

Hunter Huntsman’s Story - 3 Stars - A little ridiculous and a lot cute.

 

How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People - 3.75 Stars - Gave me a ton of emotions and supported a conversation that needs to happen across the country no matter how unwanted.  

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 5 Stars - ReRead:  I had so much fun rediscovering this fabulous book.  It still stands as my favorite of the series

 

Whiskey Dick - 4.5 Stars - I really enjoyed getting to know this couple. Their story was funny and sexy.

 

Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great - 4 Stars - Full of yummy easy recipies






DNF:

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Put on hold until I can get the audio version.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly…. still.

 

Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter - listening to the audiobook

 

Whiskey Chick - Ryan Ringbloom - Thanks to my sister’s KU

 

Snowbound with the Single Dad  - Cara Colter - Thank you Netgalley




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

October: 10 books

 

2018: 86 books

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review 2018-10-27 18:25
Since I'm not reading for spirituality's sake
The Divine Comedy - Eugenio Montale,Sandro Botticelli,Peter Armour,Dante Alighieri,Allen Mandelbaum

Done! *cheers* (and an abrupt end it was)

 

I confess I started to loose my enthusiasm by Purgatory, and Paradiso veritably dragged for me.

 

Inferno is indeed the most interesting, likely because it concentrates more on describing the poetic (and in many cases gruesome) justice inflicted there.

 

Purgatory gets a bit wishy washy because we are even more deluged with contemporary examples, which was exhausting from a "pausing to research WTF" whenever I needed context to understand the grade, and felt like self indulgent page bloating when I didn't. And then we get to Eden, pretty cavalcade of symbolism lead by the still much discussed mystery that is Matilda, and meet Beatriz. Ahhhh, the lady herself, that symbolizes theology. Maybe it is no wonder I found her supercilious and overly jealous.

 

I have to praise Dante's balls: first he aligns himself equal among Homer, Ovid and Virgil in that Limbo chat, and here he places his lady love highly enthroned in the Empireum, representing the Dogma by which he knows God.

 

If I could leave Paradiso just taking away that love has been his salvation and his way to heaven, we'd be good. But no, he had to insist on hammering until rigid conformity to scripture was reached. Thorough what felt like endless proselytizing (hey, I know it is my fault, because what was I expecting, right?) and pointing fingers of doom everywhere (the amount of eggs thrown the church's way! And his political enemies... you bet this got him the exile prophesied to him here).

 

Also, even considering some pretty descriptions, the spheres felt lame and boring reward (and here I'm reminded of Huxley calling happiness undramatic and boring, and Le Guin criticizing those that think "Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting"). Where is the imaginative poetic justice of the first third? Methinks Dante got too tangled in the discussion of virtues and splitting hairs on their display levels. So yeah, I get the whole "watching god and feeling his light is rapture beyond comprehension", I'm still contending that the theological got in the way of the literary, and there goes one star. Sue me.

 

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