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BOOK REVIEW: William Shakespeare Without the Boring Bits: A Brief Guide

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
BOOK REVIEW: William Shakespeare Without the Boring Bits: A Brief Guide

by Peter Ackroyd.

This might have been better written by Dan Ackroyd. If you take out the 'boring bits,' you pretty much have Cliff Notes (i.e. Spark Notes for the younger folks). After a brief biography of the Bard and his times, which was interesting, each play gets the same treatment: Sources Shakespeare used for background, Main Characters, and Plot Summary. Some add excerpts from the play. Tragedies are covered in depth, but historicals not so much. Includes complete texts of all 154 sonnets. To me, those 'boring bits' of Shakespeare make for brilliant theater. This book certainly will not foster any enjoyment of classic literature.

Tags:  Historical Fiction 

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Book Review: 1945: What If Japan Hadn't Surrendered in World War II?

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
by Robert Conroy.

This novel posits US, USSR, and Japanese moves if Japanese plotters kidnapped Hirohito and prevented him from making his radio broadcast calling on Japan to surrender. Reads fine and most events and responses seem reasonable except for the American POW escapee turned commando, but it is a novel. Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Asia-Pacific  Historical Fiction  WW2  WWII 

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