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Next Up: Red Harvest

Breathe, Robert. Breathe.

I’m finally done with Possession and can once again enjoy reading and writing on this blog. And there’s no better way to follow up a stuffy, academic novel about Victorian poets than with a 200 page detective novel.

Enter Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett. Great name, by the way.

Here’s a few facts about Red Harvest and Mr. Dashiell Hammett: Read more

Book #69: Possession

Let me tell you about Possession.

In fact, I’ll give you a quick outline of the novel in case you were considering reading it. No real spoilers, but here’s the breakdown: Read more

It was an April Fool’s Joke!

I learned a lesson recently.

I’m a web writer, so I’m very familiar with reading tendencies on the web. And one of them is simply this: Most people won’t read to the end of your article.

They just won’t. They’re busy. They’re moving. And you’re story is full of too many words with letters that go on and on and on in the form of sentences that take up the whole page. That kind of sucks, so people aren’t going to read all that nonsense.

I’ll put myself into that category. I don’t always finish reading articles on the web.

So when a bunch of people missed my April Fool’s Joke a couple of weeks ago, I shouldn’t be surprised. And I’m not.

But I do want to clarify that I WILL NOT BE READING FROM A LIST OF MEDIEVAL LITERATURE WHEN I’VE COMPLETED THE 101 BOOKS. Read more

5 Literary Legends That Just Aren’t True

You’ve seen the chain emails and the Facebook posts that spread urban legends and myth like they are truth.

Maybe your crazy Tea Party Aunt posts something like “Barack Obama is actually a Pakistani Muslim working undercover for the Pakistani government!!!” Then she’ll link to some whacked-out conspiracy theory site. Doesn’t that stuff just drive you crazy?

Well, it drives me crazy. And the literary world is no stranger to conspiracy theory, myth and urban legend. So I thought I’d use our old friends at Snopes and a few other sites to compile some literary myths in this post.

Here’s some of the better ones that I could find. Read more

I Got Nothing.

I will review Possession on Tuesday.

Until then, every word I write on this blog zaps any potential energy I could use to write that review. How I do dread writing that review.

Consider this an off-day courtesy of A.S. Byatt. New post tomorrow.

Possession: You Hate It Or You Love It

Last week I told you guys I was out of things to say about Possession and/or A.S. Byatt. I’m saving the tiny bit I have left for my review. I really hate this book.

So I thought I’d let the sometimes-friendly reviewers at Good Reads tell you a little more about it.

The book has more than 42,000 ratings and 2,600 reviews, with an average rating of 3.85 out of 5.

As I highlight some of the reviews below, I’ll be fair. I’ll include 3 one-star and 3 five-star reviews of Possession.

Who cares what I think? Let the reviews speak for themselves. Read more

What’s The Best Book You’ve Read In The Last Year?

All of us love a good book recommendation.

Except for me. You can give me book recommendations, but I can’t really act on them right now because of some stupid book list I’m reading through.

But you’re not confined to a list. You are a free reader, are you not? So this post is all about you.

Tell me and everyone else what’s your favorite book you’ve read in the last year. Read more

This Novel Has Left Me Speechless

Possession has left me speechless. But I’ll still write 296 words for this post, because I like you guys so much.

Or maybe I should say “unable to write”—or whatever the synonym for that is. I feel like this novel has sucked all the life out of my creative bones. It’s a literary Ambien that leaves me in a daze.

I want to finish it badly so I can move on to the next novel and cleanse my bookish palette, yet moving forward is so painful and there are so many other more worthwhile things I could be doing—like trimming my sideburns or spending two hours on the phone with AT&T’s customer service. Read more

The Harvard Library Owns Books Bound With Human Skin

Some creepy stuff’s going on over at the Harvard Library, or at least it was in 2006 when this article was originally written.

According to The Harvard Crimson Magazine, at least three rare, extremely old books were bound by human skin. Yep. Human skin.

The three books—about medieval law, Roman poetry, and French philosophy, respectively—date back to as early as 1605.

Here’s the skinny on the medieval law book: Read more

Here’s What’s Next For 101 Books

This is it, friends.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I want do with this blog when the 101 Books project is over. That’s still probably two-ish years away, but it’s coming.

And, today, I’d like to announce where I’ve landed on that decision.

If you’ve followed the blog for a few years, the new direction might come as a surprise to you, but at least you have a while to let it marinate in your soul so you can, hopefully, continue on with me on this blog.

I’ve always had a passion for medieval literature. When all my friends had posters of Michael Jordan, I had one of Chaucer over my bed in high school. Medieval literature just gives me the happy itches, and I don’t even know what that means.

So here’s the list I’ll tackle after I’ve completed 101 Books.

Drumroll… Read more

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