There was no concept of time in Heaven, but it seemed years before Julianne found it. Buried underneath a pile of twisted black hourglasses with starved-looking glass. Carved from fine, deep walnut, with thorny posts and dusty bowls. Rubix Grosvenor Saulus Jarhnam. And it was empty. No Life Sand would ever fill this glass. Julianne held the hourglass to her chest for a long, long time.
A sneak peek of “Angel & Demon,” a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, by Heather Dixon. Read it in Perchance to Dream, a YA anthology of Shakespeare adaptations, releasing June 30!
His father is dead. His
mother has remarried. His uncle is … his new stepfather? When the
ghost of Simon Elsinore’s father returns and claims he was murdered by
his own brother, the nineteen-year-old film student must determine what
is true and exact the revenge his father demands.
To tell the truth I have my issues with
modernized Shakespeare, but from time to time I pick up a book or watch a film
adaptation that sets one of the Bard’s story in modern times just to see if I
can take anything away from it. Very often I don’t like the whole setting, the
whole atmosphere of these works, simply because I adore the mood that
Shakespeare originally created so much, it’s hard for me to stop expecting it
to be there.
Now what is extremely interesting in the case
of Michael Mullin’s Simon is that my
favourite thing about it was the alienation I experienced when reading it. I
kept pushing the story away to a safe distance where I could look at it with an
analytical eye without having to be a part of it.
When I became conscious of my withdrawing from
the happenings in Simon I started thinking of its reason – you see, I never
felt the need to ’keep away’ from Shakespeare’s Hamlet this way, I was always eager to brood over matters of life
and death together with the Prince never feeling the weight of it… and ay,
there’s the rub… Simon, being set in
today’s America, in our time, made Hamlet’s story REAL.
Simon begins with the end: from the news we get
to know a massacre happened in the suburbia of an American town. Isn’t it
something we hear in the telly every day? Murders, massacres, mayhem. It is too
familiar and too tangible. In Simon
the safety that the distance in time provides in the case of Hamlet disappeared and it made me feel
uneasy. It may sound a bit contradictory, but the need to distance myself from
the events of Simon brought me closer
to Hamlet and made me see it from a different
light. I think if a retelling opens new, interesting, windows on the original
work it is well worth reading.
The story is well known, but of course you can’t
rewrite it in the 21th century without making certain changes. I think Mr.
Mullin did a good job with the little bits that eventually made this old tale
adjust to the present. I especially enjoyed the usage of media and technology. I
felt the book wanted to put an emphasis on the shift in communication that took
place between then and now (Hamlet’s time and today).
I liked how the film as medium was represented
in the book. Inserting the grave-digging ’scene’ was a phenomenal idea. Speaking
of grave digging… the metaphors and symbols were very strong in Simon, sharp even, which I loved. The
depiction of the wedding/funeral got me hooked in the very beginning.
The reason why I didn’t give 5 stars to this
novel was Simon. He didn’t strike me as a Hamlet figure despite him being the
title character. For me there was too much doing and too little reflecting when
it came to him. Maybe I missed something, but he didn’t seem deep enough for
All in all, the stars and – I hope – this
review tells everything. Happy reading, Shakespeare geeks!
A beggar who goes fishing may use a worm which has feasted on a king as his bait. And the fisherman may eat the fish caught with that bait. What does this tells us? Well, it tells us that a king may progress through the guts of a pauper.
So it’s thesis proposal season at Parsons, and I just finished off my last proposal with a retelling of Macbeth, but with cats. Duncan is a cat guarding a cake that two dogs, Mack and Beth, very badly want, so they push Duncan off the windowsill and spread the cake frosting on two other cats to put the blame on them.
This is the result of me trying to do something for children.
And I promise there were two very serious, very non-cat related proposals that came before this!
The kinds of books I would love for you to send me
Hello, book-types! Long time, no tumbl. As summer wanes (haha jk it’s a billion degrees we are all going to melt and die) and I dutifully read through my submissions pile, I am back here to bombard you with my manuscript wishlist.
He smiled, something he rarely did. When they’d first met, Dia had thought his hard face intimidating and harsh. Now that she knew the secrets his lips concealed, she appreciated his usually placid expression. It made his rare smiles all the more enchanting—a perfect display of white teeth against his black-as-night skin. They called him an alien, which she supposed he was, being from another planet and all. Yet to her he seemed to possess more humanity than most people she knew. They called him odd, and believed him to be inherently evil just because of where he’d been born. But she knew better. With her, he’d never been anything but good—open, honest, loving. She couldn’t have asked for better if she’d tried.
A sneak peek of “Onyx,” a retelling of Othello, by Alicia Michaels. Read it in Perchance to Dream, a YA anthology of Shakespeare adaptations, releasing June 30!
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#nohgaku #noh [Bleeding Cool News]Throne of Blood is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, re-envisioned in the style of Japanese Noh theater. Mifune, playing a feudal warrior who rises to lordship in medieval Japan, may seem wildly over the top at first glance, but his intensity as his …
Mitch had the sense to keep his mouth shut until the door sealed. “She is totally and completely out of your league, you realize this. She’s never even given her phone number to anyone.” “That’s about to change,” Tuck said. “And you think no one is going to notice that the most unreachable girl in the school suddenly falls head over heels for the science geek? Coincidentally, on the one night he invited her over to try out the new virtual reality simulation with deep dark government brainwashing subroutines built into it?”
A sneak peek of “A Midwinter Night’s Brainwashing,” a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Allan Davis. Read it in Perchance to Dream, a YA anthology of Shakespeare adaptations, releasing June 30!