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Republic
Robin A.H. Waterfield, Plato
Progress: 202/475 pages
500 Years of Protest and Liberty: From Martin Luther to Modern Civil Rights
Nicholas Patrick Miller
Progress: 94/192 pages
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman
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Reading progress update: I've read 271 out of 1020 pages.

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

Berenice

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

Okay, a man with some sort of blackout disorder has an episode around the time of his cousin-wife’s death while focusing on her teeth.  A little time later, the man learns that her grave had been disturbed then finds a shovel in his room and a container with her teeth.  Um, I might have overrated this.

 

Morella

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

Short story of a man whose wife is named Morella, who gives birth to a daughter that he is afraid to name Morella because when he does she dies as well.  I’m starting to understand why there is a stereotype for Poe’s writing.

 

King Pest

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

 

This could have been something interesting especially with the Pest Royal Family descriptions (thus why it’s higher rated than Morella), but then it fizzles.

 

Mystification

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

College practical joker Baron Von Jung sets up a duel enthusiast into a confrontation then defuses it by referencing a duel manual that appeases the enthusiast.  Only it turns out Von Jung gave the man the book, which is actually a joke about two baboons having a duel when reading every 2nd or 3rd word.  Nice funny twist to the story that makes it better overall than what it was trending.

 

Ligeia

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

A man’s first wife, Ligeia, is a smart woman who helped him in his research but early in the story dies.  The man remarries but his second wife has health issues until just before she dies he notices something putting drops in her medication.  After her death, he is the only one at her all night wake but over the course of the night it almost seems like she’s still alive, but then suddenly the body of his second wife rises looking different before she says she’s “Ligeia!”.  A bit meandering, but rather good nonetheless.