Love and Revenge – among the most intense, powerful, all-consuming passions in the entire range of human experience. I just did finish Jo Nesbø's The Son, a novel fueled by high octane love and revenge, enough revenge that when a reader turns the book’s last page, the tally of corpses for the morgue runs in double digits. Curiously enough, Nesbø’s novel reminded me of another tale of love and revenge, a classic, one penned by the inventor of the modern revenge tale, Edgar Allan Poe, a tale about ...more
After all ,This one was a surprise for me. Not exactly one of his creepiest stories, but it really made you agree that the ...more
HOP-FROG is described as a dwarf and cripple by the "big fat" nasty King and his "corpulent" ministers who all live for the purpose of joking.
HOP-FROG is also a professional jester who, upon this occasion, is called to the King, forced to drink multiple goblets of wine to make a fool of himself and required to whip up costumes and folly for he and his seven council members (as it turns out) for the upcoming masquerade.
And he does.....
"The beauty of the game, contin...more
Now wondering why The Raven gets more street cred ?
Hop-Frog is driven by revenge. That's it. He's tired of being just the joke at the king's court, just a dwarfed, crippled jester who people laugh at for their own fun. It's hard to argue against him standing up for himself in the end, even if it a bit ...more
It was a story of revenge, of vengeance, of getting back on those who have done harm. It sucks you in from the start, and powers you through the story. For those who love a quick story that packs a punch, Hop Frog certainly ticks the box.
The reason I gave this one a two-star rating is that I feel it onl ...more
I will try to keep my "review" of this to three or four paragraphs (I don't want to write a review longer than the actual story.).
Hop Frog, the protagonist/anti-hero or antagonist, which ever fits for you, and his companion Trippetta are jests obtained by a glutinous ki ...more
The development of the conflict of the characters and the titillating hint of its consequent solution is nothing less than delicious.
Alienation, humiliation, exploitation - and not only brought about by any other blackguard, but by a fat, smug, self-indulgent king, who loves amusement.
You feel the "dance, monkey, make me laugh!" turned around in such a satisfyingly devious manner that you can't help but consenting a quiet ...more
Hop-Frog is a dwarf/slave/forced court jester. The king is a cruel imbecile that loves pranking people. Hop-Frog convinces him and his ministers to perform a prank at a party but Hop-Frog has other plans in store.
Poe has this slick, jagged style, like a Rolling Stone of the 1800's.
This story shocked me. A dwarf, also a jester has a dwarf girlfriend. The King pushes her and throws a cup of wine in her face.
Hop-Frog (a name referring to his limp and waddle) entertains the King and his seven advisers with a fun game.
When I finished the last word, I said, "Damn!"
This little man has some very big balls.