Posts Tagged ‘william shakespeare’

18th January
2011
written by Steph

Y’all, I have been waiting to talk about this book for soooo long. I think I first saw it posted on TLC tours sometime back in back in SEPTEMBER, so I’ve literally been sitting on this thing for months. Ok, fine, figuratively, since I haven’t in fact been perched on my galley copy of The Weird Sisters like a mother hen for three months, but it kind of feels like I have. I’ve been nursing a great secret, but now I can let it out: The Weird Sisters is a totally fab book and you must read it post haste. I was initially drawn to this book because of the Shakespearean connotation of the name (the weird sisters being the three witches in “Macbeth”). You know I love me the bard, so any book that alludes to the master of the English language is going to pique my interest. As I read the little blurb about the book, I realized the Shakespeare reference in the title was not mere coincidence but intentional, which thrilled me. Add to that the fact that book involves three sisters whose father is a professor of Shakespeare, and who all return home, beaten and bruised when disasters of various ilk strike, and I was sold. If this were a Cosmo quiz about books, my answer would say something to the effect of “If you chose mostly A’s: You are the kind of reader who loves books set in academia that are chocked full of literary references, and feature dysfunctional family drama to round things out.” If this also describes you, then The Weird Sisters is the book for you. (more…)
14th April
2010
written by Steph

In my first year of university, I took a humanities seminar called “The Monstrous Imagination”, which looked at monsters and the grotesque in literature throughout history, and how these reflected the mores of the time.  It was a lot of fun, and exposed me to the concept of the historical monster, reading things like The Malleus Maleficarum and Dante’s Inferno. We also read Angela Carter’s short story “The Lady of the House of Love”, which was Carter’s macabre interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. After reading it, we were meant to take a fairytale of our own and make it monstrous in a similar fashion.  That was my first exposure to Carter, and it definitely made a strong impression.  In my mind, Carter was a dark writer who enjoyed perverting the conventional, and whose writings were deeply sexual. This month, Claire over at Paperback Reader is hosting Angela Carter month, a month in which she encourages us to explore Carter’s writings and discuss her favourite author.  A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Wise Children at McKay’s, and Claire’s gentle encouragement proved to be the push I needed to finally read Carter’s homage to Shakespeare’s stage. (more…)
1st April
2010
written by Steph

One of the things I find really rewarding about the book blogging community is the way in which it exposes me to tons of books I might never have encountered or thought twice about on my own.  There’s often talk of the abundance of books, and it’s true that this can be overwhelming, but I have found that after a brief period of madness when I was scrabbling to read everything I encountered through blogs, I’ve actually become more discerning reader.  By reading more, I’ve really begun to understand my own tastes as well as make peace with the fact that I’m not going to be able to read every book that’s every published, or even all those that cross my path, and so it’s critical that I seek out the best books.  And by “best books”, I simply mean the ones that are best for me.  The ones I learn from, the ones that make me stretch, and yes, even the ones that simple tickle my fancy and make me laugh.  After all, there’s nothing wrong with having fun when you read! I admit that The Lunatic, The Lover, and The Poet is a book that I probably wouldn’t have read if Trish hadn’t offered it to me (for free) via TLC Tours.  As much as I love Shakespeare, I don’t read historical fiction very often, and I’m always a bit leery of books that take other author’s characters and reinvent them.  That said, I was intrigued by the snippets that I read, and Hamlet is probably the Shakespeare play that I know best, as I’ve studied it twice (and even went and saw the Kenneth Branagh über long film version when it was released in theatres), so I decided to verge outside of my comfort zone and give it a try. (more…)
7th February
2009
written by Steph
Aren't we cute?

Aren't we cute?

Earlier this week I celebrated my 26th birthday.  I’ve been so busy with work stuff lately that I have to admit this birthday kind of snuck up on me.  It felt like pretty much any other day (maybe this is what happens when your birthday happens mid-week?), which might having something to do with the fact that for the past year or so, Tony & I have tried to mark each birthday with a nice little vacation get-away.  Last year we went to the Smokey Mountains and rented a really nice cabin for a long weekend, which was really lovely and relaxing.  This year, however, we decided to forgo that option since we were just up in the mountains over Christmas.  Instead, we decided to stay in Nashville and Tony did all that he could to make sure my birthday was in fact a special day.  I’m happy to report that it was! (more…)