Tag: gothic

Jul 19

Book Review: Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield This book feels like a skilled author who has contempt for fantasy set out to write a fantasy novel but chickened out at the last minute. Three stars isn’t an accurate rating for the book. The first part is four stars, and the last part is one or two. …

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Apr 23

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray This book had a few rough patches and a few bursts of brilliance that evened each other out. I liked this book overall, especially for the surprising feminist undertones, but it had a rough start. It starts out in India, on the day of Gemma’s 16th birthday, …

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Sep 10

Book Review: The Seance

The Seance by John Harwood This definitely delivers on the Gothic horror front. It’s moody, gloomy, and has plenty of lovers who die tragically in their youth. It has a treacherous bad guy, plenty of innocent maidens, and a crumbling old wreck of a house set in the middle of the haunted wood. The story …

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Jul 22

Book Review: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë I was supposed to have read this in high school, and I read just enough of it at the time to go “boooooarrrring!!” and fake my way through the rest of the semester. So now that I’m an adult and more tolerant of difficult literature, I decided to give it …

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Dec 31

Book Review: The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson As with many books, there were things I liked very much about this novel, and other things I didn’t care for at all. The strength of this novel is in its passion, not just of the characters for one another but of the narrator with language. The prose borders on …

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