A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

155. Romeo and Juliet Graphic Novel

William Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet by John F. McDonald. Illustrated by Sachin Nagar (Canada) - (US)
Campfire Classics

Pages: 80
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jul. 15, 2011
First Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Campfire
Genre: graphic novel, YA, play, classic
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Act 1 - Prologue
Two rich families from Verona begin an old feud again.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Steerforth Press.

Reason for Reading:  Honestly, I hate Romeo & Juliet; I think it is the stupidest love story ever written, but I won't go into my views on that here.  I read this adaptation solely because I was sent a review copy.

I've read the play and seen it performed at Stratford Festival so am very familiar with the story and I found this to be a very well-written adaptation, true to the original.  Written in modern English, which is how I prefer my Shakespeare. The story is very easy to read and unlike any other Campfire Classics I've read to date, this one had the occasional asterix to explain a perhaps uncommon word.  The cover art is very pretty but not representational of the inside art which is illustrated as realistic 16th century Italian life.  Well done and attractive.  The book begins with a brief bio. of Shakespeare and a cast of main characters page and ends with a two-page spread of did-you-know type facts about Shakespeare, in general, and this play in particular. This is a perfect introduction to the play.

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