Nutcracker – E.T.A. Hoffmann – Translated by Ralph Manheim

“I hope,” said the child’s mother, “I do hope, dear Judge that this story won’t be as gruesome as your stories usually are.”
“Oh no, dear lady,” said Drosselmeier. “On the contrary, this is a fairy story.”
“Oh, tell it, tell it, dear Godfather,” the children cried. And the Judge began.” (Page 40) Continue reading “Nutcracker – E.T.A. Hoffmann – Translated by Ralph Manheim”

Why I’m Done with Harry Potter

Forget about The Crimes of Grindelwald, let’s talk about the crimes of Harry Potter. Continue reading “Why I’m Done with Harry Potter”

The Diary of Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition)

*NOTE: This is the Definitive Edition of Anne Frank’s diary. I have never read the common version which was originally published and heavily edited by Otto Frank. The older version cut out Anne’s hatred for her mother, negative comments about other Annex members, and Anne’s sexual thoughts/musings (which are almost pornographic) as she experienced puberty. The definitive version was first published in 1987 and has been banned from many schools.*

Paper has more patience than people.” (page 6) Continue reading “The Diary of Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition)”

A Monster Calls – Written By Patrick Ness, Inspired by an Idea From – Siobhan Dowd, Illustrations by – Jim Kay

Stories are wild creatures,the monster said.When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” (Page 51) Continue reading “A Monster Calls – Written By Patrick Ness, Inspired by an Idea From – Siobhan Dowd, Illustrations by – Jim Kay”

Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time – James Gurney

Nearly a year has gone by since I first made the discovery. It was purely by chance. I was tracking down some information about the spice trade in China when my eye fell upon a curious old leather-bound sketchbook. The University library has hundreds of original manuscripts like it. They have all been catalogued, but few have been studied in detail.
At first it seemed to be just another sketchbook diary of a forgotten explorer. All the names were unfamiliar to me:
DINOTOPIA, by Arthur and Willian Denison,
Being the Account of our Adventures and Dis-
coveries on a Lost Island.” (Page 9) Continue reading “Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time – James Gurney”