18 November 2013

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: The Count of Monte Cristo – By: Alexandre Dumas

I’ve always suspected that Dumas was a bit of a feminist, because his novels have some of the best women in classic literature. In “The Count of Monte Cristo” we have Mercedes. She’s the only person who sees past Edmund’s little charade, and she forces Mr. Angry Eyes to lay off her son. In 19th century novels, that makes her one badass Mama. Not only that, but in the end she takes care of herself, better than anyone else took care of her.

Besides all that, we have: betrayal, the world’s most thorough revenge, and true love. I do realize that it’s a big book, but this classic is jam-packed with awesomeness. I think it’s time you read it.

Bookwyrm Rating: Meat & Potatoes

03 November 2013

M is for Magic – By: Neil Gaiman (Short Stories)

If you’re looking to add just a hint of oddity to your day, this is the book for you. It’s an eerie collection of short stories from one of my favorite authors. Each story is vaguely unsettling. Even in small doses, they're strong enough to put you in a new mindset. They’re clever and sad, perfectly satisfying, and startlingly frustrating. Neil Gaiman’s writing is hypnotic, and breaking free from one of his short stories makes reality just a little too crisp.

Bookwyrm Rating - Dessert