Book review: “Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld” by Matthew Heiti

“Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld” by Matthew Heiti

 

I received a copy of the play “Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld” from Playwrights Canada Press in exchange for a free and honest review.

 

If you have been reading my reviews for awhile, you know that I love reading plays. I love reading notes on scripts. I love reading notes on staging. I love it, even if I don‘t get an opportunity to watch the play on stage, as it is in this case. “Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld” by Matthew Heiti was commissioned by Sudbury Theatre Centre and premiered there in April 2013.

 

The moment I read the synopsis of this play, I knew immediately that I had to read it.

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Play Review: Yerma – National Theatre Live

 

Yerma National Theatre Live

Please beware of spoilers to the plot of both the play and the NT adaptation.

 

I have never found it this hard to start a blog post about a play. The subject matter of Yerma threw me off completely. But allow me to start from the beginning.

 

I purchased a ticket for the live broadcast of Yerma months ago. As per usual, I was motivated not to miss a single broadcast with the added incentive of seeing Billie Piper on stage. I loved Billie as the 9th Doctor’s companion back in a day and was excited to see her perform.

 

I had not known the plot of Yerma before I picked up the book, although I did know of Frederico Garcia Lorca. I got myself a copy of Four Major Plays by Lorca and was surprised to see that the play was only 50 pages long. I managed to read it in two sittings on the day of the broadcast.

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Movie/book review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

"Everything, Everything" Movie

 

“Everything, Everything” Movie review

 

I am one of those bookish people who have to read a book before the movie. It doesn’t always happen, but I strive for it. The only movie franchise that I have ever watched without reading books (not for the lack of trying) was The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. And I loved them a lot!

 

I admit it, I am a book snob. I always think that books are better than movies. Sometimes it is even hard to compare the two as movie scripts inevitably bring changes to the plot, and not always to the best effect.

 

It was one of the reasons why watching “Everything, Everything” the movie was very low on my priorities list. I am not very fond of romance stories, and even though I loved the book, I didn’t feel compelled to watch it on screen.

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Random Photo Challenge: September 18 – October 1

Just because I love to overbook myself (and because my darling Anya needs some inspiration for her blog), we are doing a photo challenge for the rest of September.

I am posting this to make us both accountable. Plus, if anyone wants to join or get inspired by the topics – please be our guest! I came up with the random rules and topics to make it easy and fun. The goal is to inspire us both to take more creative photos.

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I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT) Read-A-Thon TBR

I suck at read-a-thons. Sad but true. I was only ever mildly successful with BookTube-A-Thon Read-A-Thon 2016. I did okay with LGBTQIA+ read-a-thon too, but I still did not finish all I wanted. So, when Sam from Sam’s Nonsense came up with idea of a “I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT)” Read-A-Thon, I immediately jumped on it. Even though I will probably fail at it too…

This read-a-thon will take place from Sept 18th-22nd.

Challenges:

1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

2. Read 10 pages/day

3. Read a graphic novel

4. Finish 1 book

5. Read for 20 mins/day

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISATRAT2

Twitter Sprints will be 9am PT/12pm ET & Again at 7pm PT/10pm ET
And Twitter chats are daily at 5pm PT/8pm ET

Sam’s video announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uib76P1MZEM&t=5s

So, here is my TBR:


1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

The shortest book on my shelf is Sophie Carlon’s Burn and zines. But I have read those already, so I needed to pick something else (unless her third zine arrives on my doorstep during the week).

Since I am seeing Yerma next Thursday, I picked Frederico Garcia Lorca’s collection of plays a month ago. I will be reading Yerma as my choice for the smallest book as it is only 50 pages long.

2. Read 10 pages/day

Shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Read a graphic novel

I have several graphic novels borrowed from OverDrive that I need to finish this upcoming week (or more like in 1-2 days), but I am putting only 1 volume of manga on this list. It will be “What did you eat yesterday?” volume 8.

4. Finish 1 book

At least 1 graphic novel + Yerma.

5. Read for 20 mins/day

If I have time to read, I usually do not read for less than half an hour.

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Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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