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Complex Cliches: A Review of Othello

Othello, a Moor trapped in Venetian society, a respect member and yet an outsider, unable to full bridge that gap. A women who see beyond skin and society a marries Othello anyway. A passed over underling, desperate for a promotion and sans it, desperate for revenge. Temptation, lust, jealous and revenge. The full range of human emotion. Characters who fulfill tropes and yet are flawed and real.

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Posted in 4 star, Book Review

Optimisim Leads to Greatness: A Review of Twelfth Night

Viola washes up on shore, and decided the clear course of action is to disguise herself as a man and join the court of the eligible bachelor Duke Orsino, who has set his heart on the grief-striken Olivia, who basically hates Orsino. But that’s fine cause she has a thing for Cesario th handosme page Orsino sent to woo her in his steady, only Cesario is Viola, and she kind has a thing for Orsino. So I am sure no confusion or mistakes will take place. A plot basically built for humor, Twelfth Night is full of delightful scenes paired with supringly dark realities and musings. Which of course endears it too me greatly.

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Historical, Epic and Comedic Time Compete: A Review of Henry IV Part 1

A man takes the throne through force, and finds himself faced with rebellion and dissent. His son is off getting drunk and playing pranks, not the most inspiring of offspring. What is a King to do? Recruit his disreputabel son of course to defeat the hero of England whose turned against him. Full of political intiruge, drunken jokes, and epic battles. Henry IV Part 1 is a conflicting mixture of confusion and hilarity. We have three differing locations and time set ups, that of comedic time, hitorical time, and epic time, and they all work and combat each other to craft a surprisingly entertaining if not utterly baffeling tale.

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Love and Reason may keep little company but Humor is their closest companion: A Review of A Midsummer’s Night Dream

The girls choices: death, a loveless marriage, or a nunnery, so Hermia of course choses the most sensible option run off into the forest with your totally hot boyfriend. Before she leaves however she tells her good friend, Helena, who is in love with the man Hermia is supposed to marry, of her plans. So Helena hoping to win the heart of Demetrius who is in love with Hermia, tells him his lady crush has run off into the forest with her man crush. I mean if I want a man to love me I’ll try to help him stop his love from escaping with hers. Did you follow all of that? Obviously Shakespeare can set up a plot thats only choice is to result in hilarious endeavors and thats before he introduces the fairies and the flower that makes you fall in love with the first thing you see. Continue reading “Love and Reason may keep little company but Humor is their closest companion: A Review of A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

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Uninvested but amused: A review of The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree didn’t open her eyes for the first three days fo her life, not until her aunt whispered stories to her. Stories of tasting words on tongues and understanding things that many chose not to listen too. Raised on fantastic stories and taught to understand the language fo the birds Ani, is an outcast within her home, misunderstood and terrified by the responsibilities on her shoulders. However, when the threat of Bayern, the neighboring kingdom, grows Ani must accept her duty and face the unknown. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is an original tale of magic and words, about a young girl growing to understand herself and her abilities and rising up to face those who wish her ill.

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Montian men and proper ladies: A review of Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

When her fiancé runs off with her cousin, Taylor is utterly humiliated, and runs off to live with her Uncle in Scotland. But, her Grandmother, Lady Esther– one of London’s wealthiest matriarchs– lay’s dying, and she refuses to allow her money to be passed onto her ridiculous family. Together, Esther and Taylor were going to pull of the scam of the seasons.

Desperate to escape the wardship of her Uncle Malcolm,  she marries Lucas Ross, a devastatingly handsome American Rancher. The agreement was nothing more than a business arrangement, Esther’s money would allow Lucas to return to his ranch in Montana, and Taylor had her one reasons, a precious legacy she would do anything to protect. Nothing more than stranger’s destined to part in Boston, they both hold their own secrets. But as they traveled, and her new husband spoke of the freedom of Montana, and new future is taken shape in her mind. A future where maybe Lucas Ross stuck around. Prince Charming by Julie Garwood is an intriguing tale, of learning to trust, of finding family, and coming to love those you least expect.

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Manipulation is an art: A Review of the Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Sir Horace Lance is a formidable and blunt person and so when he asks, or more accurately demands, his sister Lady Ombersley take charge of his daughter Sophia as he goes on a diplomatic mission to Brazil, she can do naught but accept.

When Sophia arrives on the doorstep of this family, she instantly sets everything unraveling. She is quite surprised to find the family rather in a mess. The cold and tyrannical Charles, rules the family with an iron fist. He is engaged to a rather dull, overscrupulous lady of the ton, who’s own qualities and characteristics seem to bring out the very worst in Charles. Cecilia is rather infatuated with a poet who is as beautiful as he is absent-minded and forgetful. Poor Hubert has found himself tangled up with a money lender and afraid to go to anyone for help. However, they have nothing to fear, for the Grand Sophy has arrived, and she is determined to bring joy and love back into this family that has taken her in. She hadn’t reckoned on Charles, the eldest son and heir of the Ombersley’s, who has one thought from the moment she shows up in her unconventional ways, to marry her off and get her out of the way as quickly as possible. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer is an entertaining delight, full of intriguing characters and even more delicious mischief and manipulation.

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A most convoluted love triangle: A review of A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

She’s found the love of her life.

Unfortunately, he loves her sister.

It’s 1916 and war brews on the horizon, a dark thought in the back of all the minds of the citizens of America, but the O’Connor’s refused to allow fear of the future to hold them back. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to a man entirely wrong for her, Colin McGuire, a rogue, who is forbidden by her family and shares none of her morals, who is also secretly dating her sister. All the beginnings of a doomed relationship. However, when Colin’s affections shift, it threatens to break apart the peace and comfort of the O’Connor family. When the draft is enacted many of the O’Connor’s loved ones are shipped overseas, and they return to Ireland, longing for the return of men who are fighting for their country. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman, is a delightfully expansive tale that deals with the realities of family, passion, genuine love, morals, and religion.

I don’t know if I have mentioned to you guys that I have been on a serious kick for a little ooey gooey romance, and I have been gobbling these novels up recently. Probably to make up for the months of not reading and then devouring a bunch of classic tales and writing one too many literary analysis, that or I am trying to caramelize my brain with all the sugary sweetness. However, this tale, while a romance was not just sugary sweetness, in fact, it was quite a bit more, frustrating to say the least, and powerful.

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Time-Travel ain’t for ignoramuses: A review of The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov 

Andrew Harlan, is an Eternal, a man who resides out of time, and whose job is to make small exacting changes that effect the whole of reality. These Reality Changes are painstakingly calculated shifts, that are made for the “benefit of mankind” but everything has a cost, and some more than could ever be comprehended.

On an assignent, Harlan meets a woman, a gender Eternal’s do not often get to interact with. She is a Timer, someone who exists within real world and real time. He quickly falls in love with Noÿs Lambent. Then he learns that with the next Reality Change the woman he loves will vanish, cease to exist, a casualty in the never ending journey for the good of mankind. He risks everything to sneak her into Eternity and will do anything to save her. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov is a masterful tale of science fiction, and Eternity is a world of wonder and utterly fascinating.

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