Peony in Love was, well, more the story of how a girlish obsession could turn into a one-note bit of character development. Sadly, Peony is a boring young lady, rich and well-bred, and betrothed to a rather mushy-headed young man. They meet once, never once trading identities (it’s once a night for three nights, actually, but they do so little they could have done it all in one night) and based on that, Peony is In Love. Her mild obsession with the Chinese opera “The Peony Pavilion” pops out in full force, and she begins to skip meals and self-care, […]
From Wikipedia: “Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he’s hearing the private thoughts of the people around him and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom’s existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a message from beyond the grave.” I’m almost certain I saw this movie at some point, but remember almost nothing about it. It’s somehow gotten combined with the Bill Paxton movie Frailty which, for those who haven’t seen it, […]
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a standalone novella by Seanan McGuire who is one of my favorite writers. I love her work and I recommend it every chance I get. But even with all that, this novella hit me in a very different way than most of her novels do. I can’t be objective about this novella, I just can’t. It completely and utterly wrecked me and left me a sobbing mess on my couch last night. Yesterday morning I got an email from Amazon letting me know that a new Seanan McGuire novella was available for purchase, […]
Mrs. Drablow has died so her estate must be settled. To that end, junior solicitor Arthur Kipps is dispatched from London to the far northern hamlet of Crythin Gifford to go through the deceased woman’s paper work. Mrs. Drablow resided at Eel Marsh House, a melancholy manor located in fog drenched seclusion inside a marsh that is only reachable during low tide. Shortly after arriving Arthur begins seeing a young woman dressed in black and he, rightly, soon ascertains she is a ghost. Numerous scary events occur but Arthur presses on to finish his duty and along the way perhaps […]
A lot of my initial disappointment with this book was because I was reading under the assumption that McMahon was Laura Lippman, a murder mystery author I adore, and thought Lippman had taken temporary leave of her senses when she wrote this. Only she didn’t write it and I think this was McMahon’s first novel, so it’s a bit unfair that I was holding it to such a high bar, but there it is. McMahon can’t decide if she’s writing a ghost story or a murder mystery and so the plot exists in some blurry no man’s land in the […]
Sarah Waters wrote a Stephen King book, you guys! Don’t be facetious? Oh, okay. Once again, Waters sets her novel in 1947, just after World War II, but in Warwickshire instead of London. Time-honored social hierarchies are beginning to break down, much to the bemusement of the genteel Ayres family. Their home, Hundreds Hall, was once a grand mansion but is now falling apart due to a lack of money. The family has been forced to sell its more valuable belongings and acres of the surrounding land. Enter the narrator, middle-aged bachelor Dr. Faraday. His parents, a shopkeeper and a […]
I really enjoyed Setterfield’s debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale. It was a book as much about the love of books as it was the dark tale it was telling, and telling it with an unreliable narrator to boot. It left a lasting impression and when I spotted her follow up, a ghost story no less, on the shelf in Foyles, I had to buy it. I bloody love ghost stories. I love being scared when I’m reading or watching something, it’s the best. I haven’t had a book send shivers down my spine since Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger (there’s one scene in […]
3.5 stars Again, this is a book that I don’t actually want to post about here, because if you haven’t read the previous 12 books in the series, it’s probably best if you know as little as possible about what this book is about. If you have read the previous 12, and this book, and want my take on it, feel free to check my thought over on my blog. I promise I’ll start posting actual reviews here real soon.