Virginia Woolf creates and most ingenuous novel with the twisting and turning throughout the lives of multiple characters in mind and action centered...more Virginia Woolf creates and most ingenuous novel with the twisting and turning throughout the lives of multiple characters in mind and action centered in London in the span of one day. Woolf's uses a cinematic approach to telling the story of these aristocrats of London just after WWI. She uses these devices such as the echo of London Tower to carry the reader from character to character as the day progresses. While also the use of a plane flying over London with a message being pulled behind on a banner connects the thoughts of each character to the reader. These little technique give a feel mirroring that of a camera zooming along a landscape into a city into a window and upon a character bringing the read directly into the scene and then whisking them away across the town to another scene witch have other characters preparing for the great party at the end of the story. Mrs. Dalloway flutters about the city preparing for her party that will conclude the evening bringing all of the side stories to a menagerie of toil and endearment when one character brings the true message of war to light. Every character has a deep past and interesting story that Woolf has crafted with the greatest of skill and is brought to fruition with duel interactions between characters and flashbacks of memory all with an underscore tone highlighting aspects human behavior that is then punctuated with that message of war in the final actions at the end of the evening. Even the flaneuse Mrs. Dalloway is taken back with the actions of this poor tortured soul. If you are looking for an unbelievably crafted novel with well developed characters and a barrage of themes then Mrs. Dalloway awaits for you. (less)
Edgar Rice Burroughs the father of Tarzan created a series of John Carter of Mars novels that are enjoyable to read on a few accounts. First there are...moreEdgar Rice Burroughs the father of Tarzan created a series of John Carter of Mars novels that are enjoyable to read on a few accounts. First there are about ten novels in the Martian Chronicles measuring in about 200 pages or less. So a quick read of some well written storytelling. Second is the language that is used is an excellent way to expand and strengthen ones vocabulary especially if you are looking for a more descriptive verbiage.
A Princess of Mars begins with one of the greatest introductions I have come across in the realm of fiction or science-fiction. Beginning with a letter to the reader from the author ERB (Eager Rice Burroughs) stating that the transcript that one is about to read is re-written from a series of notes collected from his Uncle, who was a outstanding ageless man, about a tell of his life that surly no one would believe in being true.
After this letter of warning the story opens with John Carter telling his story of a near death experience that shot him unknowingly clear across space onto the red planet of Mars. Becoming an amazing legend of a skilled swords man empowered with great strength, wit and charm upon Mars.