The estate of H. G. Wells authorized an official sequel to the classic invasion novel. This is my review.
My review of the ancient Homeric epic.
As I did with The Iliad, this prelude will serve as an introduction to both Homer's epic poem and to my understanding of it in historical context.
Before we begin, I'd like to point your direction to a prelude I did, The Iliad in Perspective. It is crucial to this review, especially regarding the concepts of Glory and Honor as it relates to Homer's era as opposed to our own. It's designed to offer an introduction and context to both the epic … Continue reading The Iliad by Homer, Caroline Alexander (translation)
Settle in for a long one. Dare I say it, this one is epic. In the extremely near future, I'm going to be revisiting Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I used to read these epics frequently through my childhood and into my teens, along with all manner of other Classical mythology. Then somewhere along the … Continue reading Prelude: The Iliad in Perspective
From The Odyssey of Homer to the pages of Wonder Woman comics, Circe is a name with which I'm extremely familiar. Thanks to following a number of other readers' blogs out there, I'm also familiar with the name Madeline Miller, though as of this writing, I've not read her debut novel The Song of Achilles. Forgive me in … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller
When a friend drops a new and highly anticipated story on me with a request for a review, it's a good day. Even though I attempt to be as fair as possible in such reviews, I'm not entirely certain I can claim to be unbiased at this point. For those keeping track (or need to), … Continue reading Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole by Samantha Wilcoxson
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child! -- King Lear, Act I, Scene 4 With the Bard's histories behind us, it's time to start diving into those plays marked as the tragedies. As with the histories, I'll be working chronologically according to the time in which the story is … Continue reading King Lear
Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies. -- Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII, Act III, Scene 2 The English Renaissance ended with the death of Elizabeth. As throughout Europe, the Reformation gave rise to the Baroque era, … Continue reading Henry VIII
He was five-foot-four and barely 100 pounds soaking wet. If you saw him on the street, he was scraggly, unkempt, and often covered in white dust. He was a loner with virtually nothing resembling social graces. Despite this, his was "an awesomeness that cowered popes." He was praised and cursed in equal measure in his … Continue reading The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone