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The Division of Christendom: Christianity in the Sixteenth Century
Hans J. Hillerbrand
Progress: 382/504 pages
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman
Progress: 146/960 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 720 out of 1020 pages.

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

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

An “autobiographical” account by Mr. Bob about how he began his literary career, which is basically Poe satirizing the American literary landscape of his time.

 

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

After her husband does away with his law about killing his wives, Scheherazade begins telling the further adventures of Sinbad by describing things around the (then) modern world but the sultan can’t believe what he’s hearing and decides to kill her.  Honestly when you start reading, you know how Poe is going to end the story but the Sinbad tale is pretty well crafted.

 

Some Words with a Mummy

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

A narrator gets a message from his friend that he is going to unwrap a mummy; the narrator accounts their progress when they decide to use a battery on him only it wakes him up.  The mummy then proceeds to have a Q&A about the past and the present with the four men who unwrapped him.

 

The Power of Words

My rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

 

Another afterlife dialogue, this time about God and creation, the few words about this the better.

 

The Imp of the Perverse

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

A long introduction about phrenology before the narrator details killing someone and how it didn’t bother him until it does and he screams out his confession on a crowded street.