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The Monsters and the Critics and other essays
4.26
Tolkien was a pretty devastatingly smart guy, who didn't only create a world and languages of his own, but was a serious and intelligent scholar who k...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
 
The Silmarillion
3.78
I first read The Silmarillion when I was young and foolish -- well, perhaps not, but definitely young and unprepared for it. I come back armed with a...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
 
Njal's Saga
4.00
I really enjoyed this one. There's some likeable characters -- even from my soft-hearted modern point of view -- who I really got to care about, which...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
 
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
4.12
I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I mean, I like crime/mystery fiction, especially as something to take a break from literature o...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
 
Tree and Leaf: Includes Mythopoeia and The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth
4.00
I've actually read everything except 'Mythopoeia' from this volume before: I needed it to do references to 'The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth'. 'Homecoming...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend
3.75
A pretty good resource. And I'm not just saying that because it contains work by lecturers from my university. Still, it does, and their essay is very...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Troilus and Criseyde
3.73
This is a very good edition of the text. Being a Norton edition, it provides a very good gloss by the side of each line, for the Middle English; criti...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
My People
3.92
Caradoc Evans' collection of short stories, My People, is rather hard to like. It focuses on the common Welsh people, fiercely satirising them and the...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
 
Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (World's Classics)
3.99
Read this for Myth & Saga. It's a little difficult to understand the sagas, at first. The names are all unfamiliar and often sound the same (lots...more
Feb 09, 2010
Jun 11, 2009
 
Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender
2.75
Not terribly useful to me, in terms of what I was looking for, but an interesting perspective on gender in Chaucer's works. I wasn't too impressed by...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
The Filostrato Of Giovanni Boccaccio: A Translation With Parallel Text
3.90
I'm studying Tragic Love in the Trojan War, focusing on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, this term. I thought I'd best go back to the source. This edit...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
Troilus and Criseyde
3.73
Yes, another reread of this text, my third this semester. I don't think I'm going to want to read it for a long time after this, lovely as it is. I ju...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
Beowulf
3.37
I think I would've liked this better if I'd listened to the cassette tape we have of Seamus Heaney reading it. I liked it much better when I started r...more
Aug 24, 2008
Apr 23, 2009
 
Shifts
3.58
I didn't really enjoy reading Shifts. It didn't seem to go anywhere in particular for ages and ages, and I didn't enjoy the characters or anything. As...more
Mar 06, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
 
The Lais of Marie de France
3.86
I studied Guigemar and Bisclavret, and I ended up wanting to read the rest of Marie de France's lais. Bisclavret is one of my favourites, really, poss...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
The Keys of Middle-Earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien
4.00
Like The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader, The Keys of Middle-earth collects some of the source texts that Tolkien used or at any rate knew well and may...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
 
Troilus and Criseyde
3.73
As with Shakespeare's version of this story, Chaucer deserves rereading, particularly if you're planning to write a 4,000 word paper on his version of...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Cwmardy & We Live
3.77
Finished reading the first book in the volume, Cwmardy. I gather that the two carry on from each other pretty seamlessly: the first book begins when L...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jun 02, 2010
 
King Richard II
3.69
I'm still not a fan of reading plays, and yet as I started to read Richard II, I thought I might maybe revisit plays like Macbeth and Hamlet and read...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.29
Once again, I have to resort to adding another edition of a book I've already read to denote a reread. I'm rereading The Lord of the Rings for an MA c...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Little Lord Fauntleroy (Puffin Classics)
3.73
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a set book for my children's lit course, I think. It's the second book I've read by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- although I ow...more
Sep 29, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
 
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
4.03
Read this for my Robin Hood module, as with Ivanhoe. This is the second book which I just couldn't read as anything but an English Literature student;...more
Nov 21, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
 
Troilus and Cressida
3.34
This is the last text, chronologically, in the class I read it for, but it was the easiest to get hold of. I actually read a version with no notes or...more
Feb 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Troilus and Cressida: Third Series
3.34
Ordinarily I wouldn't reread a book or play, even one I read for class, so soon after reading it for the first time, but with Shakespeare (and indeed...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
 
Legends of Arthur
3.75
I got this more to flick through than to read in full -- ah, second hand books. It contains two retellings each of the stories of Arthur, Gawain and T...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Richard III
3.89
(My first book finished during the readathon!)

I don't like reading plays, really. I much prefer to see them performed -- they make much more sense whe...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
 
The Lay of Havelok the Dane
4.00
I found 'Havelok the Dane' surprisingly interesting. It's difficult language, but I made it through with patience and a glossary. It's part of the sup...more
Mar 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.48
It's very odd reading this book with the eye of a medievalist, with the eye of someone studying it. I always thought of Tolkien as so very original, i...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
'Nightgown' and Other Stories
3.50
Rhys Davies wrote over a hundred short stories in his lifetime. Finding the prospect of dipping into those rather daunting, I picked up this little vo...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Beowulf (Broadview Literary Texts) (Broadview Literary Texts Series)
3.37
Had to reread Beowulf for my Tolkien class, so I thought I might as well go for a new translation. Liuzza's is very readable. I didn't want to read it...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
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