I wanted to like this so much. It sounds so interesting – a supernatural, steam punk adventure with a Gifted Harriet Tubman in an alternate universe. I am so disappointed, because I did not connect with this book at all. It was too gory for my reading pleasure, and I never felt like I had a minute to breath and get to know the characters. Harriet Tubman, in real life, was the kind of badass that puts fictional badasses to shame. I have no problem with an author giving her superpowers, but it should always be noted that Harriet Tubman […]
Eleanor West runs a boarding school for teens who don’t fit in. The secret is, they aren’t just misfits, they have spent time in a fairy world and desperately want to go back. They are not changelings or half-fae, they are human children who disappeared and came back different. The school is both a refuge and a place to learn how to get a long in world that is no longer considered home. Nancy had been a sunny child who laughed and wore colors until she found a doorway to the Halls of the Dead. She came back still, quiet, and […]
In which Siege devours the latest in her favorite series about a battle-scarred ghost hunter.
I just don’t see how the person who wrote the pretty darn good The Secrets of Drearcliff-Grange School could write this mess. I only half read Anno Dracula. At page 152, I realized I was starting to hate all the characters, started skimming to see if/when things might improve. They do not; I got to the end, and never took a liking to anyone or anything going on. It’s kinda too bad, since the premise isn’t bad. Basically, most of the crew of Stoker’s original Dracula series is back, in different forms (literally in a few cases, as some characters […]
Have you ever wondered about the gender representation of character types in horror flicks? How about the existence of female empowerment in rape revenge flicks? Does watching a rape or murder from the from the right perspective force men to identify with women? This book may help you answer those questions. I like most people had the preconception that horror films and their sub-genre slasher flicks were just escapism. In her book Men, Women, and Chain Saw: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol J. Clover explores just how wrong I am. Through her book I’ve learned a great deal about […]
Y’all. Y’all. Maybe I wasn’t the target audience for this book but it was so bad.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is an amazing, unsettling book. It is a tale told by a fanciful and unreliable but fascinating narrator, Mary Katherine Blackwood, or Merricat, as her older sister Constance calls her. Merricat and Constance and their Uncle Julian and Merricat’s cat Jonas live in Blackwood House, on top of the hill overlooking a small and small-minded village. The author Shirley Jackson was a master of the macabre and creepy. Her short story “The Lottery” continues to haunt schoolchildren every year, as does her masterly haunted house novel, The Haunting of Hill House. Jackson lived for many […]
Well, I think I’ve put this review off long enough, and it will be a short one, since our fantastic discussion last month covered a LOT of ground. The Devourers is certainly an original take on werewolves, I’ll give it that, but this book was just not for me. I get intellectually what it was going for, and in parts I was engaged, but overall, I just didn’t care. At the beginning of the book, I actively disliked it. As many have said in their reviews, for me it got better once the book switched narrators to the female character, […]