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Though I bought the DVD last February, I didn’t get around to watching Anonymous until yesterday.  I was somewhat familiar with the theory that the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, wrote the plays and poetry attributed to William Shakespeare (the Oxfordian theory) but not the Prince Tudor theory (“Prince Tudor theory,” “Examining the Prince Tudor Theory,” “A Royal Shame:  The Origins and History of the Prince Tudor Theory“).

I’m certainly not convinced, but I’d like to study both theories more.  I have a copy of “Shakespeare” by Another Name and hope to find time to read it over Christmas break.  Some of the books listed in the Wikipedia article on the Prince Tudor theory also look interesting:

  • Oxford: Son of Queen Elizabeth I by Paul Streitz
  • Shakespeare and the Tudor Rose by Elisabeth Sears
  • The Monument by Hank Whittemore
  • The Secret Love Story in Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Heightsman Gordon

I’m more interested in analyses of the literature than historical works.

Revelation by Carol Berg

Revelation (New York:  Roc-Penguin, 2001) is the second of The Books of the Rai-kirah, sequel to Transformation.  I think the middle chapters set in the demons’ world could have been shortened at least by half.  The final book in the series is Restoration.

Transformation by Carol Berg

Transformation (New York:  Roc-Penguin, 2000), was Carol Berg‘s first published book and the first of The Books of the Rai-kirah.  I found it easier to read than her other books that I’ve read so far because it is all told from the point of view of one character.

I can certainly see the similarities to her other books.  Berg’s pattern seems to be to put a character in a situation where he or she loses everything (family, friends, freedom, faith, etc.) and then regains it all–and maybe even more.

I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in the series:  Revelation and Restoration.



Song of the Beast by Carol Berg

Song of the Beast (New York:  Roc-Penguin, 2003, 2011) was one of the first books Carol Berg wrote, but it wasn’t published until after her Books of the Rai-Kirah (xiii), which I intend to read next.  I probably enjoyed Song of the Beast more than the books in Berg’s Bridge of D’Arnath series (Son of Avonar, Guardians of the Keep, The Soul Weaver, and Daughter of Ancients) because I was used to her technique of switching the point of view from one character to another.  What was odd in Song of the Beast was that the last two sections (Chapters 34 through 36 and Chapter 37) were told by the same character, but there is a title page with the character’s name (as there is every time the point of view changes) before Chapter 37 identical to the one before Chapter 34 (the previous one).

Daughter of Ancients by Carol Berg

Daughter of Ancients (New York:  Roc-Penguin, 2005) is the fourth and final book in the fantasy series The Bridge of D’Arnath by Carol Berg.  I liked it better than the preceding book and am sorry I finished the series.

I’m planning to read her Song of the Beast next and then then, perhaps, the Rai-kirah series.

The Soul Weaver by Carol Berg

The Soul Weaver (New York:  Roc-Penguin, 2004) is Book 3 of Carol Berg‘s fantasy series The Bridge of D’Arnath.  I didn’t like it as well as Book 2, Guardians of the Keep.  I think Chapters 9 through 19 could have been cut by a third without losing anything.  The part of the book set on the new planet was disturbing and too long.

The fourth and last book in the series is Daughter of Ancients.