Books

If Macbeth Met Thor

thor-in-macbeth

I can just picture Macbeth and Thor chatting until Thor lets slip that he’s not only a king, but a god:

Macbeth: (Addresses an invisible audience off to the side:)
Our fears in Thor
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear’d: ‘tis much he dares;
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Books

Creative Book Photography (Plus Four Quick Book Recommendations)

Why recommend books the normal way when you can recommend them with pictures? (Confession: I really just wanted to share these pictures I took.  But I also love each of these stories!)

Batman Tally
My Batman mask fits her face scarily well… In any case, I can’t help but feel that a Batman version of Tally Youngblood would be phenomenal.  Dystopia + Batman = YES.

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Books, The Other Stuff

Literary Quotes About Me

When faced with ten questions and a Liebster award (shoutout to The Library Lizard who tagged me and has a great blog with all kinds of bookish stuff), I decided to answer each of the questions with book quotes (and one movie quote) since I don’t normally like blogging directly about myself.  Plus, I’ll be killing two birds with one stone by posting some great quotes! (I’m violent that way.)

1. What is one of your favourite quotes from a book?

“First Murderer: (Stabbing him) Young fry of treachery!

Son: He has kill’d me, mother.” —Macbeth (I originally posted this quote here.)

YOUNG FRY OF TREACHERY

Also these hilarious quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest.

2. Favourite animal/creature from a book? (e.g. hippogriffs from Harry Potter) Continue reading “Literary Quotes About Me”

Songs For Every Book

Songs For Every Book: Macbeth

Shakespeare headphones

I was jamming to some music this morning but when this song came on it transported me straight into Macbeth:

About Lady Macbeth:

“I was a loner
I was just waiting by myself
When you, warped temptress
Rose to bring me happiness and wealth”

About Macbeth:

“You convince yourself that you want it, but you don’t know
You keep trying to wash the blood from your hands, but it won’t go”

 

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy Songs for Every Book: Romeo and Juliet, Funniest Macbeth Quote Ever, and Songs For Every Book: Ophelia From Hamlet.

Books

The Shape of Grief in Hamlet

Happy Halloween!

Want to read something creepy? Shakespeare’s Hamlet has you covered with ghosts, murder, insanity, and more!

Today my review/analysis of Claudius’s creepy, evil character is featured on Matthew O’Connell’s blog.  He posts atypical book reviews that focus more on a particular aspect of a book.  If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out! Here’s a sneak peak of my post:

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Inspired by Robert Schumann’s “Verrufene Stelle” from Waldszenen, Op. 82, a classical music work (as performed by Sviatoslav Richter).

Hamlet is easily one of my favorite plays for reasons too numerous to go into here. So I’m just going to focus on Claudius: Hamlet’s evil, murdering, and incestuous uncle.

How can we understand his character? He’s obviously committed the horrible crime of killing his royal brother as well as the highly questionable act of marrying that brother’s wife shortly thereafter…We don’t explicitly know what he was like before the murder, but it’s still reasonable to infer that the murder and marriage were his first “large” sins because of the torturous guilt and echoes of remorse he experiences later on in the play. A repeat criminal would perhaps be hardened, but a first-time criminal may struggle with the emotional aftermath of his actions. Actually, such a character transformation also occurs in Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Macbeth originally doesn’t want to murder King Duncan. It’s his wife that incites him with the deprecatory lines:

“I have given suck, and know
How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this”

And:

“But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we’ll not fail.”

Read more here!