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November 21, 2019

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guns of the south

Book Review: The Guns of the South

Very interesting, very questioning, and overall a fantastic merge of pure fiction and an alternative perspective for what might have taken place had the South gotten a hold of machinery and weaponry more powerful than the Union. There are very few moments that make me question the time period — showing lots of research on the Civil War and the society that functioned within it. But, hardcore historians have to realize that this is a work of fiction — sci-fi time travelling mixed with mind blowing alternate detail.

Queen Elizabeth's Poetry

Queen Elizabeth’s Poetry

Queen Elizabeth I is perhaps one of the most influential and well-recognized figures in all of history. As the ruler of England and Ireland from November 17th, 1558 until her death on March 24th, 1603, Elizabeth I oversaw a cultural movement which propelled flourishing literature and exploration. While history tends to focus on The Virgin Queen’s influence and political reign, her own name and status as an author tends to be left out of the limelight.

The Problem With Being Remembered

At birth, there is an introduction. A heavenly beacon of light to start it all. The world opens, and we begin to live. It all seems so wonderful, magical, and sensible. The first few chapters are great, and we all cling onto our chairs as we witness the stages of life develop right before our very eyes. In the middle, we learn. We turn into madmen – cynical to life’s wonders. I call this character development. At death, the story ends. Some end abruptly, others with a bang that allow them to stand out against countless other stories.

Long John Silver: The Siege of Stereotyping

Ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the image of pirating and privateering overseas during the Golden Age of Piracy has been forever tarnished. Long gone are the days of fearsome men like Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), who would siege densely populated towns and plunder ships/ransom citizens in return for medical supplies. In today’s day and age, pirates have turned into happy-go-lucky cheery figures in a wide variety of movies, television shows, books and even songs. Long John Silver isn’t just a stereotype. To say that would be a huge understatement. Long John Silver is the stereotype that started all other stereotypes for pirates.

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