Socrates’ Defence

GoodReads ★★★★ I couldn't read this without hearing the song from Horrible Histories. Either way this was a very interesting read. I have read some Plato before for school, but never his more famous work on Socrates. Here he really tries to keep the style rather simple - for he is accused of bedazzling the... Continue Reading →

Anthem For Damned Youth

GoodReads ★★★★ I saw some of Owen's work in class, but it was a while ago and I can't really recall it. However, his tragic end just before the armistice stuck with me, especially since his poems are very anti-war. Poetry in the Little Black Classics has not been the easiest for me. However, I... Continue Reading →

The Figure in the Carpet

GoodReads ★★ I didn't really like this and I think it is mainly due to the fact I disagree with what it proposes. It features a writer who cannot enjoy all the positive reviews for his latest work since he feels that all reviewers are missing the most important point he is trying to make.... Continue Reading →

The Reckoning

GoodReads ★★★★ This edition contains two short stories by the American author Edith Wharton. The first is on marriage and falling in and out of love. And while I quite liked the concept, I liked the second story a bit better. It's about an old woman who's main pleasure in life is watching the world... Continue Reading →

The Great Fire of London

GoodReads ★★ I thought it would be a no-brainer I would like this. It's a historical account of London around and during the great fire of London in 1666, which burned down much of The City as well as burned out the plague (to name one good thing that came from it). The signs of... Continue Reading →

The Nose

GoodReads ★★★ This is a weird story. A man wakes up to find his nose missing and for him, this is the end of the world. How can he ever go out in public again, how could someone possibly take him serious ever again? This is rather absurd of course, and there is very little... Continue Reading →

A Simple Heart

GoodReads ★★★ I am a little bit conflicted about stories like A Simple Heart. It tells the rather bleak life of a servant girl. And while I like that the main character is not a hero of some sort or very special, it does not make for the most engaging type of story. The writing... Continue Reading →

The Meek One

GoodReads ★★ I am in the minority here who didn't like The Meek One. I just really didn't enjoy the story about a man who is so detached from his young wife that he drives her to suicide. The writing is good but I really can not stand to read about all this psychological abuse.As... Continue Reading →

Remember, Body…

GoodReads ★★ Some Greek poetry in the Little Black Classics collection, and it is relatively modern (as in the author has not been dead for the past two millennia). These are sensual poems. There is a lot of love and maybe more so longing for love. This feeling was portrayed rather well, but the poems... Continue Reading →

The Yellow Wall-Paper

GoodReads ★★★★ This was one of my favorite books in the collection, again from a writer - Charlotte Perkins Gilman - whom I had never heard of before. It is a chilling tale of a woman who, by her doctor husband who believes she is hysteric, is prescribed rest. As the time goes on, she... Continue Reading →

The Steam Pump Jump

GoodReads ★★★★ If you're a fan of this series, it can by no means be a surprise there's these short stories every year to keep us fans happy until the next full length novel arrives. They usually are a lot of fun, as is this one, but I do recommend to read them only when... Continue Reading →

The Hanging Tree

GoodReads ★★★★ One of the things I really worry too much about when it comes to books is their height. I want my series to fit together and have on occasions taken a ruler into the bookstore to make sure I bought the right one. It completely beats me why there are so many different... Continue Reading →

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