The Tempest by William Shakespeare

I am listening/watching this on an app on my iPad. Unabridged, with extras.


* A cast of professional Shakespearean actors performing the play
* The full text of The Tempest as published in the First Folio
* A full digital version of Arden Shakespeare The Tempest including full notes and commentary
* A linked historical time line of Shakespeare’s life, his plays, his theatres, and the historical context
* Video talks by both Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate on characters, themes, and the overall play
* Full breakdowns and explanations of every character with a visual rundown of all their lines across the scenes
* A full “play at a glance” with illustrations and summaries to explain the plot with key quotes and events.
* A history of all the major productions of The Tempest from the 17th century to the present day.
* The ability to make notes, copy and highlight text that can be collected, correlated and exported for later use.

Pretty cool. My main motivation really was to watch Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi read this at me. And the hope of understanding it better.…


For tracking purposes I downloaded a kindle unlimited version as well.

How familiar am I with Shakespeare? Not very. I watched some movies and I read Hamlet about 30 years ago.

More to come…

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“Do you need help?” he asked.
“Always.” I sighed. “But it is too late for me. You just stood there watching when I went out on that bridge and started blabbing about the Tri-Cities being our territory to guard, when any idiot could have seen that I needed you to shove a gag in my mouth.”

Mercy is busy protecting the territory. That‘s what happens, when you kill trolls and make bold statements about protecting what is yours! Goblins, zombies, witches and black magic…

One of my favourite things about Patricia Briggs are her likeable, fun supporting characters. Zee, Tad, Uncle Mike, Wulfe, Marsilia, Sherwood and Larry are a delight.

My favourite scenes are the fight scene with the goblin in the beginning and the final fight. I am a big fan of that one creature popping up there at the end. The witches are very, very creepy.

This brings my Mercyverse re-read to its end. I started in January and read all of the full-length Mercy Thompson and Alpa & Omega novels, one prequel and a comic adaptation. I had fun and kept most of the ratings the same. Onwards to Smoke Bitten

Reading order of my chronological Mercyverse re-read:
Moon Called, ★★★★★, Mercy #1
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…
Alpha & Omega, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #0.5
Cry Wolf, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #1
Hunting Ground, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #2
Blood Bound, ★★★★★, Mercy #2
Iron Kissed, ★★★★★, Mercy #3
Bone Crossed, ★★★★★, Mercy #4
Silver Borne, ★★★½☆, Mercy #5,
River Marked, ★★★★☆, Mercy #6
Fair Game, ★★★★★, Alpha & Omega #3¨C27C- Frost Burned, ★★★★☆, Mercy #7¨C28C- Dead Heat, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #4¨C29C- Night Broken, ★★★★★, Mercy #8¨C30C- Fire Touched, ★★★★☆, Mercy #9¨C31C- Silence Fallen, ★★★★★, Mercy #10¨C32C- Burn Bright, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #5¨C33C- Storm Cursed, ★★★★★, Mercy #11

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:…

First read in 2019: ★★★★★

One by one,
Two by two,
The Hardesty witches
Are traveling through.
With a storm of curses,
They call from their tomes;
They will drink your blood
And dine on your bones.

A good title for this book could have been „Trouble with Witches“.

Zombies, vampires, werewolves, the fae, the mentioned witches and other critters that you have to figure out for yourself… And Mercy—“Not that clever. But I am a coyote and apparently stupid lucky.”—Thompson. I loved having so much of Zee, he has always been one of my favourite characters.

I had a lot of fun reading this! It might not have been terribly complex or twisty. But it had a cohesive plot, well-drawn characters, great action scenes, suspense, things to smile and laugh about, tension and some scary moments. Good fun, I was entertained!

Anything else would be spoilers.

Additionally I salute Patricia Briggs for ensuring that all of Zee‘s spells were worded in perfect German. They sound much better and more poetic in German, rather than in the translated English, by the way.

You wouldn‘t believe how much badly translated German can be found in English language novels. It’s terribly jarring, if you speak the language.

Water, be my friend,
come and stay by my side.
Flow, release, bind, grab,
entangle the witchcraft, catch it,
diminish the curse, decay the spell,
take it away, hear me.


Hour Zero: Social Distancing #24in48 Readathon

Helloooo Readers! While this is not exactly the situation in which we’d hoped to be back with you, we are happy to be able to gather our little …

Hour Zero: Social Distancing #24in48 Readathon

My current reading list:

False Value (Rivers of London #8) by Ben Aaronovitch (Goodreads Author),  Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Narrator)

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

The Walking Dead: The Best Defense (The Walking Dead (Collected Editions) #5) by Robert Kirkman,  Charlie AdlardCliff Rathburn

These are all in progress, updates will follow.