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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 790 out of 1020 pages.

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

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

Mesmerism is once again the focus as well as the transition from life to death, the narrator is a practitioner of the mesmerism and the titular character is the dying man who is mesmerized on the edge of death and stays like that for seven months before being taken out and his body decays rapidly.

 

The Sphinx

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

Every once and a while Poe springs a surprise by thinking he’s going to do down the same path with the only difference being the scenery when he twists things just at the end to make you enjoy the story though wishing he hadn’t waited until the end.  The narrator’s eyes play tricks on him and makes him believe he’s going insane until his friend sets him straight.

 

The Cask of Amontillado

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

This revenge classic is one of the highlights of the book, hardly any meandering for the narrator, just a plain straightforward story of a man getting revenge and never regretting it.

 

The Domain of Arnheim

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

This is a piece on a garden and the wonder of nature, even if it is created by man, but the beginning is bogged down by a biography of the narrator’s friend who shaped it.  If it had been a straight piece and a fantastical garden I would have enjoyed it more.

 

Mellonta Tauta

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

A journal written a 1000 years in the future describes the person’s view of their present and what they think of the past, overall a nice little piece.

 

Landor’s Cottage

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

A “sequel” to The Domain of Arnheim, frankly it was over the top and made me glad to see the end.

 

Hop-Frog

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

A fat dwarf jester, the titular character, gets his revenge on a King and his council after he embarrasses the jester’s only friend, his countrywoman who is also a dwarf.

 

Von Kempelen and His Discovery

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

The narrator spends over half the piece talking about other people instead of Von Kempelen, but once he does we learn that the discovery was the philosopher’s stone and that value of lead and silver have increased as gold’s has decreased.

 

“X-ing a Paragrab”

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars

 

A newspaper starts up in a town with the editor attack the editor the rival established paper, who then retorts back.  The new editor then works to make an excellent comeback but somehow the letter O is missing from the press and X is inserted instead making the comeback unintelligible.  The public reaction is anger and the new editor is gone.  All I can say is this was supposed to be funny, it wasn’t.