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At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

It’s no secret that I love the hell out of Bill Bryson. When At Home was released last fall, I ran out and bought it (by running out, I mean looking it up on my Kindle browser, and clicking the Buy Now button, but that’s neither here nor there). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2011 in Author: Bill Bryson, History

 

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Soulless by Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate Book 1)

Gail Carriger’s novel Soulless is a delicious stew of genres: steampunk, horror, fantasy, and romance. I like to look at it as a gentle parody of all three, with a large cast of comic characters that realize her zany plot. As we are told many times by the author, Alexia Tarabotti has more than a few problems. Not only is she half-Italian, she is also a spinster, and lacking a soul. The first two alone are enough to cause a scandal among the Victorian upper class (and probably give her mother the vapors). The last makes Alexia an outcast in a world that has integrated vampires, werewolves, and ghosts–beings known for an overabundance of soul–into polite society. When Alexia accidentally kills a vampire for making unwelcome advances, she becomes the prime suspect for a rash of recent vampire disappearances. Now she has to join forces with the obnoxious, but intriguing Lord Maccon (an alpha werewolf and Queen Victoria’s chief investigator) to solve the mystery without becoming a victim herself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in Author: Gail Carriger, Fantasy

 

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Michel Faber’s elegant postmodern Victorian novel The Crimson Petal and the White is absolutely the best thing I’ve read all year. I’ve been struggling to find others that fulfill the void ever since, and haven’t come close yet. I originally picked up the book when I heard that Gillian Anderson was set to play Mrs. Castaway in the upcoming BBC miniseries adaptation. As a major X-Files fan, I wanted to see how Agent Scully could make the leap from a prim skeptic to a 19th century brothel madam, so I picked up the Kindle version. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Author: Michel Faber, Literature

 

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I really wanted to love Wuthering Heights. On the surface, it has everything you’d want in a Victorian Gothic novel: swirling melodrama, broody anti-heroes (and anti-heroines), family secrets, betrayal, death, etc. But I couldn’t get past how truly unlikeable everyone was, from the smug narrator to Cathy and Heathcliff. Everyone in this book needs therapy and medication. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2010 in Author: Emily Bronte, Literature

 

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