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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
Progress: 125/960 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 666 out of 1020 pages.

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

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A man visits a famed private insane asylum to learn about its “soothing system” from the asylum’s founder and director, but it turns out a new system is in place because the inmates (including the founder who went insane) have taken over the asylum.  Although it was pretty obvious as the story went along that the inmates had taken over, it was somewhat humorous.

 

Mesmeric Revelation

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

A conversation between a doctor and his mesmerized patient in which “the big questions about life, the universe, and everything else” are asked and given philosophical answers;  couldn’t tell if it was a satire of the claims of mesmerism or a support, either way wasn’t impressed.

 

“Thou Art the Man”

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

A wealthy citizen of Rattlesborough disappears and his neighbor leads the investigation into his death which leads to the conviction of the man’s nephew who was thought about to be disinherited by his missing uncle.  But the narrator of the story figured out something was wrong and investigate on his own, find the deceased man’s body down the neighbor’s well and springs a trap on the murderous fraud.

 

The Balloon-Hoax

My rating: 2.5 out 5 stars

An account of a crossing of the Atlantic by balloon, although obviously a fake it was a nice little story with made up scientific facts and such.

 

 

The Angel of the Odd

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

A well-read businessman comes across an article about a man dying  a odd way making him upset about the ridiculousness of newspapermen, which upsets the titular being that causes odd things to happen to people.  The man insults the entity and then has a series of odd and humiliating incidents before apologizing to the entity to find relief.  If the Angel of the Odd hadn’t been written with a heavy German accent making for slow reading, this would have been rated higher.