I have never been a fan of Shakespeare. If someone even mentions it or suggest watching one i groan in agony. People get all pious and suggest he is the greatest playwright, that’s but their opinion. I’m not a fan of plays so i have done my best to avoid it and am quite proud to have not touched any of his works since leaving high school. Then came a moment of reflection when i saw these books. I thought if my hatred of Shakespeare and contemplated its route cause and I have come to think this might stem from the fact in high school our English Teacher force fed us Shakespeare for 3 years and then they do what all all English teachers do and over analyse a work to take the fun out of it.
So i thought maybe my attitude towards Shakespeare was coloured not by its strength as an artistic work but by my dislike of the teacher and her forcing us to do it. (Other classes studied star wars. Man i would of nailed that one but then also ran the risk of them over analyzing it and taking the fun out if it for me) anyway when i saw these books I’m like why not give it a go if i can tolerate the language they use then perhaps it wouldn’t be too difficult to transition to Shakespeare.
Boy was i wrong, Straight away my eyes drifted over the harsh use of Early Modern English. Memories came flooding back of my dislike for this style and how painful i find to read it. Yet i pushed forward, the books were quite small and easy to demolish and yet the pain never subsided.
After finishing all 6 books i can still affirm my dislike of Shakespeare and yet i fully understand now its because of the awful language style used. Yes i know that’s how people spoke. Yes i know people class it as the greatest work in fiction. But don’t forget the populace used to think the world was flat. So its not a stretch to think they too can be wrong about Shakespeare
Perhaps if someone translated his works into proper modern English i’d give him another crack but at this point i’m going to keep Shakespeare in the same category as romance novels, that of rubbish with no use other than to be fuel for when a zombie apocalypse strikes and we run out of wood to fuel our cooking and keep warm
Really in an action genre mood so i just had to pick up the next in the scarecrow series. This one picks up a year after the last novel and we find our hero has got a bounty on his head along with 14 other individuals
A far more meatier and lengthier story this time around even got some main characters being killed off. The author has really tried to step it up a notch in terms of speed and action packed. The story is non stop, with at times multiple stories happening in several locations
A highlight for me is that on the cover a quote is seen comparing scarecrow to James Bond and Dirk Pitt. Two of my favorite action heros.
But as the author has raised the stakes and expectations with each novel in this series i wonder how long can this happen will he plateau out and just release more of the same novels or will he try something different next time. Well it wont take me long to find out i have already bought the next one in the series and it is sitting here on my desk staring at me as i type this
This author just keeps going from strength to strength and the fact that he is an aussie aswell continues to draw me back