What I'm reading *

I've always read. While growing up, reading was a refuge when I found life too unpleasant or stressful. Consequently I've bought a lot of books over time as well.

Now that I'm no longer in the rich corporate phase of my life I've rediscovered the library. Dayton's library may be maligned by some but is still a great resource. One type of book I like to read is gay fiction and I was surprised to see a lot of it in the Dayton library's catalog. Plus you can even ask them to buy particular titles, and they will!

Below you can see the five most recent books either that I'm reading or that I've acquired. You can search my books, or you can see all my books. Also my classes page has links back to this page for the books for each class.

ISBN: 0451411390

Title Author
2007-03-09 0451411390 The Dirty Duck Grimes, Martha  
  Fourth in the Richard Jury series, this book, set in Stratford, reminded me of another book I recently read because this book's plot also deals with Shakespeare and reveals Grimes' English professor background. In addition, rereading this book 20 years later reveals even more so than revisiting her first book did the vast changes since they were written. Moreover, not content just to have Jury and the others in the book figure out whodunnit, Grimes sets them the task of trying to figure out which poem contains the lines "Beauty is but a flower / Which wrinkles will devour." With no Internet they can consult books listing poems' first lines, but these lines are not the start of a poem. Plant uses his knowledge of meter in poetry cleverly to come up with a method for finding the poem, but it still takes him some time to do what today would take 5 seconds of googling. Pretty sharp of him (and of Grimes).

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