Luminarium

02/02/2007

This site covers Medieval, Renaissance, 17th century and Restoration writers. It does have some music, so you might want to turn your volume down before clicking, or not. Luminarium has essays about the authors and their works as well as links to the works themselves. You find the gamut from Chaucer to Pepys here, and there’s enough to keep you busy for several weeks.

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Fairy Tales

01/29/2007

This collection of Fairy Tales from Anderson, Twain and Aesop. features not only the tales themselves, but also mini biographies of the authors. Be aware that the sidebar navigation is broken, and takes you to “under construction”. Just click the author pictures on the home page to get to the bios and stories.

I wish there were more here, as the idea behind the site is great, and if it lived up to that wonderful sidebar, it would be fantastic. Unfortunately, I am not holding out great hopes since the copyright is 2002. Nonetheless, what’s there is neat, and should be enjoyed.

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Daily Lit

01/11/2007

DailyLit

Too busy for books? Read them by e-mail. I’ve given you Frankenstein to get you started, but there’s much more to read there. They mail them out in small sections, about 5 minutes worth of reading.

Short Stories

01/10/2007

This site has many, many stories, sorted by genre. These are not classics, but frech, new writings. If you are a fan of short stories, do click over. And if you write short stories, check out the submission guidelines. The stories are searchable by title, author and keyword. You can read them online, print them or download them to your handheld.

Squashed Philosophers

01/09/2007

Squashed Philosophers condenses the works that have shaped western thought into “something like readable”. Beginning with Plato and ending with Sir Karl Popper, you can click on each person on the timeline to get squashed readings. Each one has an estimated reading time as well. At the top of the page are links to “Squashed Divines” (which contains The Epics of Gilgamesh among others) and “Squashed Writers” (which contains way to much to even attempt to list).

Eric Carle

01/08/2007

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to look for this before, but Eric Carle has a website. There is a list of books, as well as a photo/video gallery. The book lists give you plot summaries. I do wish there was more of his artwork on the site, but I guess you can’t have everything, right?

Librivox

12/07/2006

If you are anything at all like me, then life just seems to get busier and busier, and simple pleasures just seems to get shoved further and further back on the list of priorities. Reading is one of those things for me. I used to be an avid reader, but as my responsibilities mounted, it slipped to the side, and it now takes me months to finish a book. Librivox can help with that. Volunteers read books from the public domain, and you can listen while you go about other tasks. I’ve even seen some titles available on iTunes.

It’s like meeting an old friend for coffee. Here’s the main catalog.

Classic Short Stories

11/28/2006

I spent some time today at Classic Short Stories. In fact, I read The Lottery, for reasons I still do not understand. I hate that story. I have hated it since I was forced to read in school, and I have hated it every time I have come across it, and my hatred grows every time I see it, and yet still I read it. That story is like a gory accident on the highway, you just can’t tear your eyes from it. I even had other stories popped up that I wanted to read, but didn’t. I really hate that story.

Tomorrow, I’ll go back, and read something relaxing and soothing like Poe, fer cripes sake!

The collection here is by no means extensive, but it’s enough to keep me entertained for awhile, and there are also short bios of the authors. One thing I like is the bibliography, so if I wanted to spend an afternoon with Dickens, for example I could do that.

The Forbidden Library

11/09/2006

Woohoo! Books that have hacked people off. Celebrate your freedom to read. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.–Oscar Wilde

Tells a bit about the books that have been banned/challenged and why. Surprises include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Little House on the Prairie.The Forbidden Library: Banned and Challenged Books contains other surprises as well. It’s not just the books that are surprising, but the reasons as well.

More Fridge Words

10/26/2006

Another magnetic word site. You can create whatever you’d like with words. Fridge 3.0 lets you pick up where the other guy left off to write your masterpiece. As a bonus, the sitelets you know how many other players have been there in the last 30 minutes. I can so seeing playing this with a group of crazy internet friends.

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