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Romeo and Juliet // Six Degrees of Separation

Romeo and Juliet ChainRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is this month’s jumping off point and there are some many directions to go.

My mind immediately went to Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, but with zombies and an airport (and plane!). It’s better than it sounds, I promise. But speaking of airplanes, they are the basis for my next (loose) connection. In Trilobites by Breece D’J Pancake, a character’s life took a very different turn due to an airplane:

“When I was a young punk, I tried to run away from home. I was walking through this meadow on the other side of the Hill, and this shadow passed over me. I honest to god thought it was a pterodactyl. It was a damned airplane. I was so damn mad, I came home.”

From there, we move on to my deep appreciation of a good cover. Like Pancake’s book of short stories, Brian McGreevey’s Hemlock Grove features a wolf snout. I love them both. Now, not to be too obvious, but let’s look at the word grove… Karen Russell’s short story collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove is near the top of my to be read stack, and I’m going in with high expectations. Will it be good enough to top my love for Jason Brown’s brilliant short story collection Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work. I don’t know, but I aim to find out. Speaking of New England, I am dreadfully behind in my New England Challenge, but The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike – set in New England, of course – should be happening in the near future.

I love seeing where book chains lead. The connections can be as profound or as inane as you’d like. This particular event is hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best, and I do belive you may enjoy joining in the fun.  Admittedly, though it was purely unintentional, I am quite pleased that I got to mention zombies, pterodactyls, wolves, vampires, the devil, and witches – all in one post. It’s practically an accidental supernatural theme, based on Shakespeare.

Naturally, this makes me a total bookish badass.

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  • Debbie Rodgers

    Great connections, but the supernatural coincidences are too weird. 😉

    I love seeing where this link-up leads!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Right?! I didn’t even pay attention, then when I was reading it back to myself, I had to laugh a little. Too strange.

  • Kate

    I’m continually amazed by your zombie-inducing superpowers in relation to these challenges.
    Love that cover for Hemlock Grove – I had to look twice to see what it was and then I couldn’t stop looking.
    I haven’t read any Updike and I fear it is a massive, massive hole in my reading past. Where should I start?

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I got in zombies, but missed King. Maybe next time.

      I have only read one Updike – Rabbit, Run – and I think it is the place to start (first in the Rabbit series). It’s really pretty masterful, but you have to be prepared to hate (and I mean really hate) the main character.

  • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

    We already knew that you’re a bookish badass. But this chain definitely reaffirms that. And I’m amazed that you managed to get zombies into the chain.

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