Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?

Which classic book do you wish had a sequel, and why? In trying to brainstorm a list for this post, I was assaulted by the feeling that I have not read enough of the classics of world literature. Which classic book do I wish had a sequel? First off, which classic books have I actually … Continue reading Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?

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My Books of 2018: “Frontier Wolf” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Another rousing, moving historical adventure from Rosemary Sutcliff.

Book Review: “Warrior Scarlet” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Title: Warrior Scarlet Series: No. Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 207 Published: 1958 Spoiler-free Synopsis: One-armed Drem desires to win acceptance and respect as a hunter in his tribe, but for that to happen he must prove his passage into manhood by killing a wild wolf on his own, and no one is allowed to help … Continue reading Book Review: “Warrior Scarlet” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Book Review: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: Treasure Island Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Pages: 298 (Puffin Classics edition) Published: 1883 Spoiler-free Synopsis: When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the effects of his late friend “Cap'n” Billy Bones, he has little idea the trouble and danger it will cause him. With his friends Dr. Livesy and Squire Trelawney joining him, … Continue reading Book Review: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Review: “Tristan & Iseult” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Title: Tristan & Iseult Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Pages: 150 Published: 1971 Spoiler-free Synopsis: In the days of King Arthur, Tristan defeats Ireland’s champion and gains the friendship of his uncle, King Marc of Cornwall, who entrusts him with a mission: to sail the seas in search of a flame-haired queen. But a troublesome fate descends … Continue reading Book Review: “Tristan & Iseult” by Rosemary Sutcliff

Heroes of Old: Arrow-Odd

I’m adapting and expanding this article from one that I originally posted on my old Xanga site back in April 2010. Because of this, it doesn’t really follow the format I established in my previous post about the Cid of discussing first the source material, then the historical background, and finally the hero himself. This … Continue reading Heroes of Old: Arrow-Odd

Heroes of Old: The Cid

The literature of ages past has given us many iconic heroes, whose feats and fame have defined for us what it means for a human to be extraordinary. Some were historical, some purely imaginative, and still others combined qualities of both. Hercules, Beowulf, Arthur, Cú Chulainn, Arrow-Odd – all of them admired for possessing certain … Continue reading Heroes of Old: The Cid

TV Show Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.06 “The Tax Man Cometh”

Series Title: Robin Hood (IMDb) Episode: 1.06 “The Tax Man Cometh” Original Air Date: November 11, 2006 Length: 45 minutes Director: Dwight O’Dwyer Writer: Dominic Minghella Lead Actors: Jonas Armstrong (Robin), Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisborne), Keith Allen (Sheriff of Nottingham), Lucy Griffiths (Marian), Anjali Jay (Djaq) Synopsis: “Robin captures a tax inspector and plots … Continue reading TV Show Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.06 “The Tax Man Cometh”

TV Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.05 “Turk Flu”

Series Title: Robin Hood (IMDb) Episode: 1.05 “Turk Flu” Original Air Date: March 31, 2006 Length: 45 minutes Director: Dwight O’Dwyer Writer: Dominic Minghella Lead Actors: Jonas Armstrong (Robin), Sam Troughton (Much), Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisborne), Keith Allen (Sheriff of Nottingham), Gordon Kennedy (Little John) Synopsis: “The Sheriff is importing slaves to work in … Continue reading TV Review: BBC’s Robin Hood Episode 1.05 “Turk Flu”