Category Archives: Literature

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers by Dumas started off great; a young man with a chip on his shoulder dreams of becoming one of the king’s musketeers. Lucky for him, short-tempers were in fashion. One by one he meets the Three Musketeers … Continue reading

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Unabridged: Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a story written by the French novelist Victor Hugo in 1862. It is set in the years following the French Revolution, and details the story of a released convict from the day of his release until his … Continue reading

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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe was written by Sir Walter Scott in 1819. It is set in 12th century England when king Richard was returning from the crusades and prince John was attempting to usurp his throne. Ivanhoe is perhaps the best knight that … Continue reading

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Rethinking Reading and The Darksword I

I recently decided that my reading was a bit haphazard. After completing a list of must-read of books I was left to my own devices trying to discover profitable reading material from the vast storehouse of literature. That was frustrating, … Continue reading

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Frankenstein

We have this story all wrong. Frankenstein is the creator, not the monster. He is a college student, not a mad scientist. There is no hunchback named Igor. There is no lightning. Whatever we think we know about Frankenstein, we … Continue reading

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Phantastes by George MacDonald

George MacDonald is probably best known today for his influence on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. For that reason I decided to give this work a shot. Phantastes is a about a man who enters into fairy land (yes, with … Continue reading

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Emma

Emma is the third Jane Austen book I’ve read. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, loved Mansfield Park, and Emma was a joy from start to finish. I can see why this is one of her most recommended works. To begin … Continue reading

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Amusing Ourselves to Death

In this book Neil Postman helps to expound the meaning of the expression, “the medium is the message,” or, as he rephrases, “the medium is the metaphor”. While I have long pondered the inherent meaning behind the forms of media … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

I always enjoy reading books that I remember watching as cartoons or movies when I was a kid. It is fun to consider the differences between them and why those differences exist. The motion picture is a vastly different medium … Continue reading

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The Idiot – Dostoyevsky

The Idiot is the second book I have read by Dostoyevsky. This book is dialogue driven, at times confusing (in a good way), and insightful. To say that it does not rely heavily on action (swords fights, conquest… movement) would … Continue reading

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