Tag: One-Liners

William Shakespeare – The Merry Wives of Windsor | Review

Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Author: William Shakespeare

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 102

Rating: 4.25/5

I enjoyed this one quite a lot! I think it’s because it’s one of Shakespeare’s comedies and so it was nice and light, an easy read. The language was simple enough to follow which meant that the plot was also easy to follow, and some of the little one-liners in this are still genuinely funny. I’d love to see a full performance of it.

It’s not my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, but it’s certainly up there. Read it!

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Kurt Vonnegut – Jailbird | Review

Title: Jailbird

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 240

Rating: 3/5

This book is a satirical novel that ties back in with the Watergate scandal, and because of that I struggled with it from time to time purely because I’m not particularly familiar with that particular part of American history. I’ve never liked Nixon, but he was also in power a long time before I was born and so it almost feels like it doesn’t matter.

Still, there was some fun stuff here, mostly revolving around Vonnegut’s wry observations and his occasional excellent one-liners. Because it’s also a sort of fictionalised biography of sorts, it also reminded me quite a lot of my own current work-in-progress, which follows the career of a fictional band. It has that same vibe where you have to optimise between showing and telling because while showing is an understandably good practice to have, you also need to tell sometimes to progress the narrative.

I’d say that I mostly appreciated this book from a writing point of view rather than because I particularly enjoyed it, but I think there’s a place for books like that on my shelves and I’m glad that I finally read this, especially considering it’s been on my shelves for several years now just waiting for me to finally tick it off. And to think that it took less than 48 hours. I feel kinda silly now!

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