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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
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Reading progress update: I've read 549 out of 1020 pages.

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

Morning on the Wissahiccon

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

A romantic description of a piece of nature far enough away from civilization to be isolated, but close at hand to society as well.

 

The Tell-Tale Heart

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A man commits murder and is betrayed by his own imagination while the police are investigating a scream his victim uttered before his death.  One of the classic Poe stories that upon reflection and with a subsequent story fails to live up to the hype.

 

The Gold Bug

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

A pirate treasure short story on a small island off the coast of South Carolina near Charleston featuring a eccentric man without his former wealth, his almost inarticulate speaking old slave, and his friend the unnamed narrator.  The title is a reference both to the insect that starts the chain of the events and what the narrator believes his infected his friend and later himself.  A great story, unfortunately the racist speak for the slave has to deduct from the rating.

 

The Black Cat

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A man who loves animals, especially the titular pet, is unfortunately an alcoholic that has rages after he drinks including animal cruelty and eventual murder of his wife.  The later event is discovered just like the Tell-Tale Heart, which deducts a lot from the rating even though this is definitely the better story.

 

Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Poe writes about the actions of con-men and their scams, the titular diddling, which is a very well written instruction guide to future con-men and for people who don’t want to be their marks.

 

Byron and Miss Chaworth

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

A short piece about Poe’s hero Lord Byron and, I assume, his mistress which is only a page and a half long.  Wondering what the point was really.