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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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Kathleen Gabriel has commented on (3) products.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R. R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

Kathleen Gabriel, January 1, 2013

The suspense and intrigue continue as they have from the beginning of this detailed epic fantasy work. Each character's story is woven in with the others to make a tapestry of betrayal and justice, of love and loss, of horrible happenings that threaten all of society. Yes, the grisly details keep coming, but it's been tolerable, even for me, a fairly squeamish sort. I would recommend getting and reading this book if you've read the first four -- you've got to find out what happens. If you haven't read the first four, then best take care of that first. Be prepared to spend some time at it, because these are enormous books. One tiny thing I've been unhappy with in the 4th book and this one -- they must have shared a line editor. "Wroth" is an adjective, but here it is used as both adjective and in place of the noun "wrath." I'm just nitpicking, I know, but that bothers me every time I see it. The rest of the prose flows wonderfully well. The long sentences are understandable. The style of writing is very Martin, always just right.
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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Who Fears Death

Kathleen Gabriel, January 3, 2011

This is the best fantasy book I've read that was published in 2010. Its complexity and tension kept me reading far into the night. Nnedi Okorafor proves in this work that she can write for adults--her success as a young adult author was established with The Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker. Like them, Who Fears Death draws heavily on Ms. Okorafor's Nigerian background and research while creating a unique fantasy world. The unusual setting and strong female characters bring the reader into a world that's harsh and dark, but also has beauty and hope.
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Frieda's song

Kathleen Gabriel, June 8, 2010

I'm glad to see Powell's carrying this book by a Portland author. There is no need to read the first book, For A Song, for this one to make sense, though it does contain a spoiler for the first one. Both stories are set in 14th century Bavaria, and the inspirational aspect, while important, is not overdone and is true to the time period.
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