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On the Road – Book Review

Published Date: September 5, 1957

Pages: 307

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Two losers bum back and forth across the country, doing drugs and having sex.

I have no idea why I finished it.

-lunch book at work-

*This book really does not deserve anymore time than I gave it. *

White Fang – Book Review

Published Date: First published in 1906

Publishing Co.: Scholastic Paperbacks for this edition

Pages: 252

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I do this thing now, since Covid hit, where I keep one book at work for reading during my lunches. It lives at my job and doesn’t get to come home until it’s a good little book that’s been finished. When I was done reading this, I went on Goodreads to see what other works London had besides this and Call of the Wild and man, was the section on his white supremacy bigger than his career and I HAD NO IDEA. I mean, now that I’ve read it again after 20+ years, it’s obvious. White people were referred to the superior white gods at one point and Native Americans were heavily stereotyped.

Dogs and wolves really don’t care about the color of anyone’s skin so that whole aspect was unnecessary anyway.

Moving past my mind being semi-blown, this was also clearly written before there was much research about wolves. London provided too much human reasoning to a canine brain. For example, it was against the law of nature for White Fang to attack Collie because she was a female. Anyone who has been around a lot of dogs or what we now know about wolves, knows that domination has no gender lines. (This is just one example.)

Moving past all of THAT, I still enjoyed myself and have no doubt why I was obsessed with this as a kid. It’s still a fun aspect to learn about adapting to the world through the eyes of a canine or any animal. How animals are shaped by both nature and nurture.

I also appreciated the character of Beauty Smith in which, London showed the action of a true degenerate to animals and that it only takes one man to stand up to animal abusers like him. People like Beauty Smith are cowards and don’t deserve to have animals in their lives and have a beat down coming to them one day when they’re caught.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Book Review

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Published Date: January 5, 1886

Publishing Co.: Longmans, Green & Co.

Pages: 96

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I braved another classic! *cheers herself on*
Here we have another story that everyone has heard of at some point in their life so I’ll skip the synopsis yet again.

It makes you wonder in just what personality your own bad half would manifest itself and how your good half would deal with it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the prose in this and the story itself is rather short. A great, quick read for the Halloween season.

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