Things I’ve Learned From Books #1

I love these… I’m officially adding ‘What Milo Saw’ and ‘Fangirl’ to my Wish List 😀


The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd

Hello Readers!

I know I’ve only just posted my review of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (check that out here) but I’m on a bit of a role with my reading at the minute, and I’m even already half-way through my next book, Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (look out for my post on this in the next few days). So here we have my review of The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd.

Although The Spanish Tragedy was published and much-liked in the later 1500s, it wasn’t actually attributed to Kyd until nearly more than two decades after it was first produced. The play is a short-ish revenge tragedy, which may have given Shakespeare some influence in writing his plays, particularly Hamlet.

I’m going to go right ahead and say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this play, right up until the last Act. I found it engaging, interesting and I was really keen to keep reading, and then it got a bit weird and unnecessary for my liking. But that is often the way with me and revenge tragedies, although I am absolutely certain that I shall be bawling my eyes out as I watch Benedict Cumberbatch die on the 25th September! (See my post here for an explanation of this very strange remark.) As always I’ll start by describing the plot of the story, so watch out, readers, spoilers are headed your way!

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I’m off to London!

Hello readers!

You may or may not be aware, depending on whether or not you know me in real life, that I am going to London on the 25th of September with my dear, dear friend Hannah! She called me a few months ago and told me that a few months before that she had entered a competition, not expecting to win anything, but had received an email that morning saying that she had won and would I like to go with her? Won what, you ask? Go where, you enquire?

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Reel Redundant

The Prestige, Happy Feet, Friends with Benefits, Mirror Mirror, and White House Down. What do you think?

Eleventh Stack

As I’m not a fourteen-year-old girl and it’s not 2009, I wouldn’t call myself a Taylor Lautner fan. Granted, I haven’t seen everything in his filmography, but he’s a relatively competent actor in everything I have seen him in. When I learned about his latest film Tracers, I was intrigued that the premise sounded so similar to 2012’s Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon. Both feature bike messengers, some vague Asian mafia, crooked federal employees and also act as how-to guides of what not to do when you’re biking around a city.

Tracers distances itself from Premium Rush by adding parkour into the mix. I thought they were going to build up to the parkour, but no, they drop it in without much explanation. Are there really gangs of at-risk youth doing parkour in New York City? If so, I need to buy myself a…

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The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

Hello readers!

So, I have finished reading The Castle of Otranto, and even started the next book on my list (!!!) The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd (tune in next time for my review of that little gem. It’s quite good so far actually…)

The Castle of Otranto then! The novel was published in 1764, and is one of the first in a very, very long line of Gothic novels. The Gothic novel is a novel we are all familiar with: dark, haunted mansions, heroes and heroines falling in love and dying, intrigue, and mystery. The Castle of Otranto is no different!

As always, readers, spoilers abound, so be careful!

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This is an open question to all those with glasses… What’s the best way to clean the lenses in my glasses??

As I’ve never had glasses before, I’m not really sure what to do… They keep getting streaks on them, even after I wipe them with the cloth I was given, and I avoid touching the lenses at all if I can help it…

It’s just very annoying having permanently foggy glasses when I’m trying to read!

Thanks in advance my bespectacled friends!

Georgie xxx

Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Woah… definitely not a good way to deal with this Amazon… That definitely sounds like an automated response to me…

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A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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