Oscar Wilde Read-through #2: Salomé

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Previous Oscar Wilde Read-through Posts:

Oscar Wilde Read-through #1: De Profundis


 

This month’s work was Salomé, a tragedy originally written in French, but later translated to English. It is a one act play telling the biblical story of Salomé—stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch—who calls for the head of Jokanaan as reward for dancing for her step father.

 

Review:

I’ve agonized over whether or not to even bother sharing my thoughts on this one, but decided to stick to my original intention for this series, which is to simply talk about Wilde’s work. This would mean sharing my thoughts on his work, even if I don’t have much to say, or have decidedly negative things to say. Both of which is the case here.

In my edition of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Salomé is only about twenty pages long. And yet, I still DNF’d it with only six pages to go. I’ve had this sitting beside my bed for about a month now—and not only have I had to force myself to pick it up, but when I do, I can only get a couple of pages in before I put it back down.

Now to be fair, I don’t think it’s the play itself that is the problem. While I did find the lines in this to be repetitive and dull, I think my lack of appreciation may be because of the translation. This is something I’ve heard others complain about as well, and most seem to agree that it’s much better in it’s original version.

Wilde allowed Lord Alfred Douglas to translate Salomé because the two were so close, but did later express regret at that decision saying: “We had, not unnaturally indeed, differed on the question of the artistic value of your translation of Salomé…”.

Although I’m not a big fan of biblical stories, and have little to no knowledge of them, I think I might’ve enjoyed this had I read a better translation. I may try again in the future.

The next Wilde work I’ll be reviewing is The Canterville Ghost.

 

Let me know if you’ve read this play, and what you’re thoughts were. Comment if you have any specific requests. Follow DegenerateReads for more bookish content, social media links are below as always, and thanks for reading!


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Denouncing a Beloved Booktube Channel

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Unfortunately, today’s post is a very uncomfortable one to write. I have been debating for the last week or so on whether or not I even wanted to address this topic, but have decided I would rather make my position on this clear than to ignore it simply because it isn’t pleasant.

If you’ve been a reader here at DR for a while, you will probably have seen me mention that Stripped Cover Lit (I intentionally did not add a link) is one of my favorite booktube channels to watch.

The channel was run by two men, and I always found their videos to be humorous, intellectual, and very much in tune with my reading tastes—even when they sometimes came off as snobs.

About a week ago, information started coming out about one of the men, Adrian, sexually harassing many young women online. When I say “information”, I mean women telling their personal stories, as well as screenshots of public comments and direct messages left by him—many of which are explicitly sexual.

I have linked some videos and twitter threads at the bottom from women who decided to publicly talk about their experiences with him, as well as videos from others on booktube who commented on the situation—if you want to know why exactly I’m rescinding my support from SCL.

As this is a channel I’ve been following for some time, I was initially shocked. This is a man who has always seemed respectful of women, and not someone I would think of as predatory.

I do want to mention that I have not been personally effected by this. I have only interacted with Adrian maybe once or twice, and although I did find him to be a bit condescending, the comments—which were public—were not at all sexual.

However, with so many women coming forward to talk about his behavior, and seeing how many of them have been hurt and/or made uncomfortable by it, I can’t and won’t ignore the situation.

I have linked their channel multiple times in posts before, so I wanted to very clearly state that I no longer support Stripped Cover Lit, and am in the process of removing any links to their channel from previous posts. I’d hate to think of anyone finding them through me.

Sexual harassment is something that has no place in the book community (or anywhere for that matter). Whether it be online or not. Whether it be on booktube or in the blogosphere. It has no place.

 

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Sue & Megan @ Spine Breakers 

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First Lines Friday #20

 

First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

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Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmurings of horses.

Adrian sul’Han pulled off his fleece-lined gloves and stuffed them into his pockets. He went first to see if his father’s pony, the latest in a long line of Raggers, was still in his stall.

He was, poking his head over the stall door, looking for a handout as usual. So his father hadn’t left the city. Not yet, anyway. Adrian needed to talk to him before he did.

He walked on down the line of stalls to look in on the piebald mare. She came forward to meet him, lipping hopefully at his hand. Adrian studied her critically. Her eyes were bright, ears prickled forward, and when he ran his hand over her shoulder, he could tell that the muscles of her withers were filling in.

Sliding his free hand under his coat, he gripped his amulet and sent a tendril of power into the mare, looking for trouble. To his relief, the white-hot focus of infection was nearly gone.

 

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– DRUMROLL –

It’s Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima!

 

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)

Synopsis:

A burning vengeance.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

A blood-based curse.

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Destiny’s fiery hand.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

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WWW Wednesday – June 12, 2019

Happy Wednesday, and welcome back to DegenerateReads!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Every Wednesday you have just three questions to answer:

1) What are you currently reading?

2) What did you recently finish?

3) What do you think you’ll read next?


Key:

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ARC ✌️

BTW: Title links will take you to the Goodreads page for that book!


– Currently Reading –

 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Free Will

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

 

 

 

 

1) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer—YA, Paranormal, Romance, 60%
2) Free Will by Sam Harris—Nonfiction, Philosophy, Still pg. 10/83
3) Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy—Nonfiction, Feminism, Still pg. 8/236
4) Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare— 🌈, ⚡️, YA, Fantasy, Novellas, Pg. 331/607

 

– Recently Finished –

 

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– Reading Next –

 

The Black Arts : A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages

 

 

 

 

1) The Black Arts: A Concise History by Richard Cavendish—Nonfiction, Occult, History


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The “I Should’ve Read That Book” Tag!

Happy Saturday and welcome back!

I saw this first on Sarah Ames-Foley’s blog, and was inspired to do it by my recent reading slump which has me feeling really bad about all the books I feel I should be reading, but am not.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post (I wasn’t tagged, but the link above is where I saw it).
  2. Link to the creator’s blog in your post (booksnest.co.uk)
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY THE TAG!

 

– A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read –

I don’t actually have any reader friends, so I practically never get recommended books directly.

 

– A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked up –

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

I heard about this a few years ago and immediately bought a copy because I was so excited to read it. However, I didn’t have loads of experience reading high fantasy at the time, and this book is pretty beefy. I really do plan to get to it soon now that I’m more comfortable with the genre.

 

– A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet –

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I read Throne of Glass a couple years ago and loved it—and although I already owned Crown of Midnight, I didn’t immediately pick it up. I kept putting off reading the sequel, even though I was excited to read it, and now it’s been so long that I’ll have to reread the first book before continuing in the series.

 

– A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read –

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I’ve always had a strange interest in Russian classics specifically, but this one in particular sounds so perfect for me. This is another one though where the size has me hesitant to actually pick it up.

 

 

– A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read –

The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

It feels like everyone has read this and loved it, and although it sounds really interesting and I think I would love it too, I just haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve put it on my monthly TBR several months in a row now, so hopefully I get to it soon.

 

– A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet –

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R Tolkien

This one I did actually start once, but it was a lot—definitely more than I was expecting. I’ve seen the movie multiple times, and love the concept and world, but at the time I had never read anything by Tolkien, and I ended up putting this down to read The Hobbit instead.

 

– A book you see all over Instagram (Twitter) but haven’t picked up yet –

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I really have no excuse for this one. I loved The Poet X so much that it immediately became one of my top 5 favorite YA books. I’d been eagerly anticipating the release of this since it was announced, but I still haven’t picked it up or read it.

 

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First Lines Friday #19

 

First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

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Light slices the darkness, jerking me awake.

My right eye—someone’s prying it open. Latex-gloved fingers part the lids, yanking on them like they’re stubborn window shades. There’s more light now. Harsh. Painfully bright. A penlight, aimed at my pupil.

The same is done to my left eye. Pry, part, light.

The fingers release my lids, and I’m plunged back into darkness.

 

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– DRUMROLL –

It’s Lock Every Door by Riley Sager!

 

Lock Every Door

Synopsis:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

 

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July Anticipated Releases!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Key:

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Owned ARC ✌️

BTW: Title links will take you to the Goodreads page for that book!


July New Releases

 

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

Wilder Girls

Lock Every Door

Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)

 

 

 

 

1) Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (July 9): YA, Fantasy—⚡️, ✌️
2) Wilder Girls by Rory Power (July 9): YA, Horror, Mystery—✌️,  🌈
3) Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (July 2): Thriller, Mystery—✌️
4) Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan (July 9): YA, Fantasy, Horror—

We Love Anderson Cooper

 

 

 

 

5) We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L. Maizes (July 23): Literary Fiction, Short Stories—✌️

 

Let me know in the comments what your anticipated releases for July are! Follow DegenerateReads for more bookish content. As always, social media links are below, and thanks for reading!


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