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The Bedford Shakespeare

This copy of a selection of Shakespeare’s plays was required by my Early Shakespeare professor.  It is based on the New Cambridge Shakespeare Edition, and is not complete.  It includes significant portion, though: The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV.I, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV.II, As You Like It, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, and the Tempest.

It is an acceptable version, for sure.  The type is larger than my Dad’s copy and is easily read, there are lots of pictures of performances of the plays and quotes from actors and other people on certain parts of the plays, and the copy includes side bars, asides, and context ‘essays’ for lack of a better term, along with the footnotes.  The footnotes are not as complete as my Dad’s copy, the are not noted in the text it self, and there are certain details, such as scene breaks and lines, that are different between the two.

Specifically, with regard to the footnotes, Shakespeare frequently makes references to ‘rubs,’ which is a reference to the game of bowls that Elizabethans would have been familiar with.  My Dad’s copy points the reader to an appendices that discusses bowls so that the reader has a deeper understanding of what Shakespeare was trying to evoke by using the term.  This copy does not note references to ‘rub’ in such a way.  It is a small instance, but it’s there, none the less.

All in all, I think it is a good copy for studying.  There is a lot more room for note taking, so I give it 9/10.  Not my favorite, but it has different strengths.  So, having both is very helpful.

Is there a book you have were you prefer one copy over another?  Are you nit-picky about footnotes and how they present in a book?  Share your thoughts!  Until next time, keep reading and stay kind!

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a charming book about Artemis Fowl II, 12 year old leader of a familial criminal empire that he inherited when his father disappeared.  He believes that he has found evidence that fairies exist, finds a fairy, and procures the fairy holy book from her.  Artemis decodes the book and comes up with a plot to capture a fairy for a ransom of gold.  Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police Recon force (LEPRecon, get it?) has been tracking a troll below ground in the fairy city, Lower Elements.  When the troll has been subdued, she goes above ground to perform a ritual to replenish her magic.  Before she can complete the ritual, she is taken by Artemis and his butler/bodyguard, Butler (literally, his name is Butler).

Will the LEP pay the ransom?  Does everyone survive this rather tense interaction?

I really like this series.  The characters are all quirky and funny.  Eoin Colfer is a fantastic author that I really enjoy.

9/10, simply because it’s been a long time since I read it.  If I read it again, I’ll update my review.

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Artemis Fowl, Books, Library Updates, Series

 

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

If you like wacky literary books with lots of references, this  book is for you!

The Eyre Affair is set in an alternate universe 1980s England where the Crimean War went on for 100+ years.  Our hero, Thursday Next, fought in the Crimea, has come home, and is now a member of the LiteraTecs SpecOps.  The LiteraTecs deal with all kinds of literary fraud and crime, including a fraudulent Hamlet sequel.  However, a new bad guy, Hades Acheron, is trying to get inside Jane Eyre and change the story.  Can our hero save Jane Eyre?

Side note, one thing I super love about these books is that Shakespeare is pretty much a religion in this alternate universe.  Different people believe certain authors actually authored Shakespeare’s works, and some go door to door trying to convince people they are right.  There’s plenty of other stuuf for the Shakespeare enthusiasts among us.  So, check it out!!!

10/9, cause I love it, but it’s been awhile since I read it.  I may update the rating some other time.

 

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