Rappacini’s daughter [essay]

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t :) Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares […]

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Read/Download for free from The University of Adelaide Read for Coursera Sci-Fi course & for RIP VII After his death the nephew of a Mr. Edward Prendick found a strange account among his papers. It was known that Prendick had been cast adrift after the ship he was on sank. The tale he told his […]

A woman of the Iron People

A woman of the Iron people

Lixia has just landed on an alien planet. Humanity have come exploring the stars, with high-minded ideals, and rules about what action should be taken depending on how advanced the peoples they meet are. Nia has grown up among the Iron People. Her mother died when she was young so she went to live with […]

Mosses from an Old Manse

Rappaccini’s Daughter

Giovanni moves to a new city, and finds that his apartment overlooks an enclosed garden where beautiful flowers grow. And a beautiful woman tends to them. She is Beatrice, the daughter of Rappaccini. But a friend of his father, Baglioni, warns Giovanni away from Rappaccini. He values knowledge and science too much, he pursues it […]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But […]

Alice in Wonderland & Through the looking glass

This week’s essay for my online course is on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the looking glass : “One can’t help growing older.” Growing up is hard. As a child one can consider themselves the center of the universe. Parents will care for their infants, keep them safe, clean up after them. As their […]

Grimm’s Household Tales

The first assignment for the Fantasy & Science Fiction course I’m doing was on The Grimm Brothers’ Household Tales. For the assignment we were asked to “Please write an essay that aims to enrich the reading of a fellow student who is both intelligent and attentive to the readings and to the course. Each essay […]