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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hamlet: Retold in Modern-day English by Timothy Knapman

Hamlet: Retold in Modern-day English by Timothy Knapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by QEB Publishing

Tales from Shakespeare

Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare and I read pretty much every retelling I find. I really enjoyed this one, the author is faithful to the story including all the plot points even to minor details. I couldn't think of anything he missed. The author also lets the reader know from the start that Hamlet is playing at being mad to give the story a finite plot and not leave us with the questioning and debate the original play does. I agree with this opinion so am satisfied with the portrayal. So much happens in Hamlet that being a faithful adaptation of only 50 pages this is an action-packed story with little character development except for Hamlet himself. Aimed at younger readers, the book is suitable for all ages from middle school to those studying the novel to adults who would like to get to know Shakespeare but are too daunted to read the original plays. I like this series and will be reading a few more!

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