Author: Christopher Moore
Finished: March 30, 2009
A new spin on Shakespeare’s King Lear, told by the fool’s prospective.
I was immediately intrigued when I was given this book as a gift because King Lear is one play I am very familiar with having done a production of it in high school. Knowing the story so well helped me fully understand and grasp this idea of telling the story all over again, but through Lear’s fool’s eyes.
For those who don’t know, King Lear, is about a king who decides to divide his land between his three daughters, based on how much they love him. His youngest, Cordelia, refuses to be like her sisters and is banished from the family. Throughout the story we find Lear going mad at his decision, wishing he had made a different decision as he watches his other daughters fight for all the land.
There are clear differences between King Lear and Fool, but at some point Moore needed to take creative license and he did an amazing job creating a character we hardly know and making him center stage.
You don’t have to know the story of King Lear, to read this book, if fact, you may find it even more enjoyable if you are less familiar. It’s a satyrical piece of work containing vulgar and crude language that you would never hear so expressly pointed out in Shakespeare’s original work.
*Challenges – 2009 Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, What’s in a Name?, Spring Reading Thing
I figure this new challenge hosed by Royal Reviews will help me with my Vampire Challenge, and also add another genre to my extensive reading. I would like to make a dent in the Sookie Stackhouse series, so that will probably be my focus, unless I find something new.
Goal: Read 3 paranormal romance novels between April 1 and June 30, 2009.
- Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris – finished May 24
- Club Dead by Charlaine Harris – finished June 4
- Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris – finished June 7
Another new one. I couldn’t help myself. I’m usually pretty weak on my non-fiction books, so I figure this could boost it some.
All the details are HERE. A challenge hosted by Trish’s Reading Nook, this challenge runs from May 1 – September 30, 2009.
- The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan
- Mommywood by Tori Spelling
- Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
- Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
- Marley and Me by John Grogan
A weekly event hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog, to discuss your recent reads and those you plan on reading in the coming week.
I feel like I have been very productive this week, getting many items for challenges checked off, and reading more than the previous week.
Read Last Week:
Reading This Week:
- Fool by Christopher Moore (almost finished)
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
- Roses are Red by James Patterson
Title: Sin City: the Hard Goodbye (Vol 1)
Author: Frank Miller
Finished: March 29, 2009
I picked this one up on a whim while looking through the graphic novels section at the library. I saw the movie when it originally came out but have been expanding my reading of graphic novels. This was on the list of eventual reads.
Volume 1 follows Marv as he wakes up to find Goldie, the woman he took home, dead in his bed. He finds it’s a set up and has to fight for his life while trying to solve Goldie’s murder.
I found this to be one of the most interesting stories. I didn’t remember much from the movie so it was almost as if hearing it for the first time. I was also excited to see there are many volumes to this story so I can continue reading it as they become available.
*Challenges – Book into Movie Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Author Challenge, 1st in Series Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge