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Changes are coming

Dear all,

As some of you might have noticed; I’ve not posted any reviews lately. That’s simply because I couldn’t find the time to read anything this summer.
This got me thinking. I will not be able to do a lot of regular reading in the next couple of months and perhaps even years, since I’ll be a lot more busy with my studies (and work) than before. Another thing I’ve noticed lately is that I’m growing more interested in posting study related posts. Why? It’s simply because I’m interested in the topics, and I want to share what I learn during my studies.

This is why I’ve decided to change my blog a bit. I’ve yet to decide what I want my blog to look like, but it is a 100% certain that I will focus on study related content rather than book reviews. I will still post reviews whenever I read a book, however, it will no longer be my focus point. Have no fear! I will not abandon the bookish community altogether! I’ll just be less active.

Thanks for still hanging around my blog ^_^  I hope you’ll keep on visiting My Book File because, even though there will be less book reviews, the content will always be related to books one way or another 🙂

Best wishes and lots of love,

Cindy

Geen categorie · Movie & TV Show Reviews

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – Film Review

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Released in the Netherlands 24 May 2017.
Viewed 25 May 2017.

Storyline (by IMDB)

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

This Review can contain spoilers.

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Tracy Barrett: The Song of Orpheus

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Author: Tracy Barrett
Genre: Short stories/Mythology
Paperback 114 pages, Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 1st 2016

Goodreads synopsis
The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird “new” Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world’s first monkeys. A few of these tales may seem familiar at first, but be prepared for the unexpected. Others are wonderfully strange and puzzling. All of them are entertaining. All of them deserve to be better known.

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The 50 Questions Tag

Thanks a million Amanda for giving me the opportunity to do this tag! If you haven’t checked out her blog, then click the link and browse around, she’s great 🙂 Since I’ve got some time to kill until midnight (I can determine my own schedule if only I’m fast enough!), and felt like sharing some random stuff about myself, here are my answers to the 50 Questions Tag!

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May Announcement: Double Review with…

Hello again to the beautiful little bubble of joy that is my blog!

Today I have a special announcement that might (or might not) blow your mind away^_^ You see, Anne (from InkedBrownies) and I have been thinking about doing this for a while now and we finally decided to do it!

Please welcome a new item on BOTH blogs:

doublereview

(Don’t you love the manga faces?! We do. I mean come on look at our eyes!)

We already did a double review some time ago and we had a lot of fun doing it. So, this means that we aim to read the same book about once a month and create a double review.

Be prepared for a lot of jokes, beautiful and appropriate metaphors, perfectly constructed criticism, ranting about whatever and all of that times 2!

We are already looking forward to our first Double Review Thursday were we will review:

Are you as excited as we are about this?!

Geen categorie · Philology

Medieval England: Language, society and The Canterbury Tales #5

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Hello and welcome to another part of the series about Medieval England.
This time  I would like to spend some time on the following subjects:

  • Medieval schools
    • Mendicant schools
    • Monastic schools
    • Cathedral schools
    • Pecia system
  • The 7 liberal arts
    • trivium and quadrivium

As usual I have my tutors to thank for providing a lot of information and a book: The medieval world complete, edited by Robert Barlett. Other sources will be mentioned in the text and if I find a useful website I’ll give you the link.

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Geen categorie · Literature

What is Fiction?

Fiction as a genre vs Literary Fiction

“The term Fiction is used to differentiate literary prose genres of short-story, novella and novel from drama and poetry” (Mario Klarer; An Introduction to Literary Studies).

However this is not all there is to be said about fiction. Wikipedia tells us that:
“Fiction describes peoples, places, events and/or complete narrative works derived from imagination, in addition to, or rather than, from history or fact.”
But Literary fiction, according to Wikipedia, is something else again:
“They are works that offer deliberate social commentary, political criticism, or focus on the individual to explore some part of the human condition.”

Steven Petite from the Huffingtonpost did a good job however in defining both types of Fiction:
“The main reason for a person to read Genre Fiction is for entertainment, for a riveting story, an escape from reality. Literary Fiction separates itself from Genre because it is not about escaping from reality, instead, it provides a means to better understand the world and delivers real emotional responses.”

For now, in order to ‘define’ fiction, let’s keep it simple: Fiction is often comes from the writer’s imagination and doesn’t, always, come from history or fact. Genre Fiction gives the reader a way to escape reality.
When used in Literary Studies it’s a term to draw the line between the short-story/novella/novel and drama/poetry or: Literary Fiction is a way for readers to ‘see’ the world or particular problem in another light, it is not used to escape reality but to dive even further into it.

But no matter how you look at it. In my opinion the authors of both types of Fiction still need the same things to make a work of prose.

What might be important to know before you continue reading this post: most of the information that I use comes from An Introduction to Literary Studies by Mario Klarer.
This because I need to use this book for my studies and so is the main source of my information about most things Literary.

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