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Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The)
Brandon Sanderson
Progress: 361/1328 pages
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman
Progress: 175/960 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 177 out of 1020 pages.

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete tales and poems - Edgar Allan Poe

Bon-Bon

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

The titular philosopher-restaurateur has a conversation with the devil about the souls of past philosophers that he’s eaten in the past millennia before they have an argument and Bon-Bon kicks the devil out of his establishment and then in anger accidently causes his own death.  The conversation and the twist ending is pretty interesting, though the long set up of establishing Bon-Bon’s credentials at the beginning makes the reader wonder what the point is for half the piece.

 

Four Beasts in One—The Homo-Cameleopard

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

A journey to Antioch during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes during which a festival takes place during which the King appears amongst the revelers dressed as the titular Homo-Cameleopard and acting like the fictional animal.  But then the carcasses of the dead animals he’s wearing attract the dangerous pets of the city and he sprints to safety to the amazement of the crowd.  Overall the story is a tad weird and a little interesting, but not good enough to be average.

 

  1. Found in a Bottle

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

A well-educated traveler is going from Java to the Sundra islands when his ship encounters a supernatural storm that takes the crew from his ship except for an Old Swede and himself.  The two survive as best they can on the derelict vessel until a huge ship bears down on them and the traveler jumps from ship-to-ship just in time and hides.  He later finds the crew is very old sailors who don’t seem to care if he is on board and continue to sail through the supernatural storm towards the south.  A very intriguing story written like journal entries before being thrown overboard at the last instant the traveler thinks he’ll be able to write.

 

The Assignment

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A visitor to Venice witnesses an interesting scene between the goddess-like Marchesa di Mentoni and the famous English ex-pat living in the city after which he’s invited by the famous man to visit the next morning.  As the two talk, the visitor can’t figure out why the famous gentleman is talking like he is until news arrives that the Marchesa committed suicide via poison and turns to his host to find him died by poison.  A twisting tale that is nice, but not enough meat to be good.