A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The novel was first published on October 17, 2005, in the United Kingdom. A United States edition followed on in November of 2005.
As she was planning the novel Jane Austen wrote, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” And that was the beginning of Emma Woodhouse, the main character in Emma. This comedy features matchmaking gone horribly (and delightfully) awry.
The novel was first published in 1815 and has been adapted into movies and television shows.
Anne of Avonlea was published in 1909. It is the second book in the Anne of Green Gables series and depicts Anne’s life from ages 16 to 18. This book introduces the characters of the twins, Davy and Dora. It also marks the first appearance of the neighbor, Mr. Harrison.
All’s Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare. It’s believed that Shakespeare wrote it between 1604 and 1605.
Historically the play has been classified as a comedy. However some critics believe it to be one of his “problem plays”, so named because they cannot be neatly classified as tragedy or comedy. The other problem plays are Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida.
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert is the third novel in the Dune series. Published in 1976, it was the first hardcover best-seller in the science fiction genre.
In 2003 the Sci-Fi Channel made a miniseries called Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. The miniseries is actually an adaptation of both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
The book was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1977. It lost to Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm.
The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist. ~ Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
A Woman of No Importance is a play written by Oscar Wilde. The play premiered on 19 April 1893 at London’s Haymarket Theatre.
The play starts at a swanky house party located at Lady Hunstanton’s country estate. It’s announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed as Lord Illingworth’s secretary. Drama ensues because of a scandalous secret regarding Gerald’s mother. Will Gerald’s prospects be derailed?
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.” ~ A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
The summer of 1816 was dreary one because of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. It adversely affected the weather and some people called 1816 “the year without a summer.” That year Mary Shelley, then Mary Godwin, and her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Because of the bad weather the group ended up spending a lot of time indoors. One of the things they did to pass the time was to read ghost stories. That gave Byron an idea. He proposed that they “each write a ghost story.” That challenge lead to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
The first edition of the book was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places. ~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Vivian Grey is the first novel written by Disraeli. It was published anonymously in 1826.
The novel depicts the life of Vivian Grey as he grows up and attempts to succeed in the world of politics. The novel has autobiographical elements and is also a satire on the social and political life of the time. Its publication caused quite a stir as the members of London society tried to deduce the name of the author.
Agnes Grey was published in 1847 under Anne’s pen name of Action Bell. A second edition of the novel was printed in 1850. The second version of the book was edited by Anne’s sister, Charlotte Bronte.
The story follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works for well-to-do English families. Anne herself worked as a eagerness for five years so the novel is partly autobiographical. The novel deals with the precarious nature of being a governess and how that affected women in that position.
But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment. ~ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte