April 25th, 2011

El Corazon

43. The Life and Death of King John

The Life and Death of King John
by William Shakespeare

Started: April 16, 2011
Finished: April 25, 2011

Mildly entertaining. I liked most of the characters in this one and the story made basic sense. Plus there were a few standout lines. 26 pages. Grade: B-
Total # of books read in 2011: 43
Total # of pages read in 2011: 10,770
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7. The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard

A good read that explores the what-ifs and what-might-have-beens of growing up. Did we become what we thought we would become? Did we fall short? What would have happened if we had only (fill in the blank)? We all need to reconcile our true lives with our adolescent dreams. It can be sobering and yet comforting. This novel explores the process of growing up. It follows a group of boys from the day one of the town's girls goes missing. This girl symbolizes their lost youth and lost possibilities. They all struggle with this during their adult years, as we all do from time to time. This is a thought provoking and enjoyable read.

5/5 stars
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The Vampyre

The Vampyre
Author: John William Polidori
Genre: Classics, Gothic, Dark Fantasy
Pages: 40
Summary from Goodreads (edited down and linked above):The Vampyre - is a short story written by John William Polidori and is a progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction.

Polidori transformed the vampire from a character in folklore into the form we recognize today - an aristocratic fiend who preys among high society.

Comments: This is a quick, interesting read. It's nice to see the short story that inspired a lot of other vampire fiction (Dracula included!). It was a bit clunky for me to get through though but that's mainly because I don't particularly enjoy the style of writing that was used, but it was still short and good. Reading other reviews of it made me really want to read Carmilla now.

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

1547 / 15000 pages. 10% done!