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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Jason Berry, September 1, 2008

Man, there is not much I can say about this novel, without giving anything away. [My wife is reading this saga as well, and I have had to bite my tongue in order not to say anything to her about any part of the story – it’s been hard!] 

There was one part in the story where I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on, and I realized it at the exact same time as the main character – that is how awesome Stephenie’s writing is! 

Another thing that I absolutely loved was the clarification that the “werewolves” that we’ve known all along are not “traditional” werewolves – rather they are shape-shifters (which is how I referred to them in my review of New Moon) Stephenie did hint of the true werewolves, known in her universe as the Children of the Moon [dare we hope for a future werewolf novel?!? That would be Awesome!]

Of the Entire Saga, Eclipse is probably still my favorite one, though this book had a good ending to the Saga as well.
Now, Stephenie has stated that this is the end of the Saga - from Bella’s Perspective! – She has not stated that she will never return to the Cullen Universe – in fact, she is already working another novel – Midnight Sun, I believe it’s called, which is basically going to be Twilight from Edward’s perspective, rather than Bella’s – Very Interesting Idea!! I know that I am looking forward to any future novel that Stephenie writes!!
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Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3 ) by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3 )

Jason Berry, August 25, 2008

In the Twilight Saga, thus far, this book is my favorite one, by leaps & bounds!
This book has everything that made the first two as good as they are, plus more.
This one had all of the action that I’ve been waiting for – Vampires vs Vampires, Vampires vs Werewolves, etc.
In this book, Stephenie also tells the Legend of the Werewolves Beginning, which was Superb – one of my favorite parts! She also fleshed out the back-stories of some of the other characters, which is also very cool.
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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon

Jason Berry, August 18, 2008

I am not exactly sure why Stephenie’s books are so riveting – there is just something about the way she tells the story – simply amazing!
This book is pretty much a downer of a book, yet I continued to turn the pages at a rapid pace, waiting for what I could only hope would eventually happen, and I was not disappointed!
As I stated in my review of Twilight, I do not believe these books would be half as good, written by a man. Stephenie is somehow able to pour the intensity of her character’s emotions directly into the written word, where you yourself end up directly feeling the agonizing pain or extreme joy, as if you yourself knew these characters personally.

If you have not yet decided to read this series, I highly recommend that you do so!!
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Twilight (Twilight Saga #1) by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)

Jason Berry, August 11, 2008

I remember when I first came across Twilight – I read the back of the book and put it right back on the shelf, after saying to myself, “No Thanks!” (I generally prefer Monstrous Vampires as opposed to Romantic ones)
Not too long after, I noticed New Moon, and then Eclipse, and most recently I have seen all of the Midnight-Pre-Order Parties for the fourth and final novel, in the series, Breaking Dawn.
Then, to top it off, I saw a trailer for the movie, based on Twilight, which is coming out in December.
After all of this, I figured there must be something to this series, so I decided to give it a shot. . .

Kudos to Stephenie Meyer!!! (Even if I had wanted to hate this novel, it would have been Impossible to do so!) Stephenie has written a very suspenseful novel, where you just keep flipping the pages, faster and faster. I do not think that the novel would have been anywhere near as good as it was, had it been written by a man. The romance that kindles between the main characters and the emotions that Bella goes through are completely realistic! You immediately feel for all of the characters within the book, which speaks on how good of an author Stephenie truly is. She is basically the American J. K. Rowling. I cannot wait to read the remaining three books in this saga!!

Now, as far as the Vampires go, do not expect the Monstrous kind, which I usually prefer, nor expect the glamorized ‘Anne Rice’ kind.
Stephenie has tweaked the Vampire Mythos in her own unique way – one that totally works for the book that she has written.

Definitely give this series a shot!! Hopefully, like me, you will not be disappointed!!
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The Woods Are Dark
The Woods Are Dark

Jason Berry, August 4, 2008

I’ve never read the 1981 ‘edited’ version, nor do I have the desire to – I can only imagine how it would read, slashed apart by the publishers. . .

Richard Laymon pulled no punches in this novel. It is Graphic and Disturbing!!
If you enjoyed Jack Ketchum’s Off Season, then you will definitely enjoy this book!!

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