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  1. Victober

    Porphyria always reminds me of the poem Porphyria’s Lover which is pretty freaky! Wow they really wanted to pack a lot into a short piece there didn’t they Thanks for pointing that one out, it was interesting! I hadn’t thought much about how vampires were presented during the Enlightenment. I wonder what Bram Stoker would have thought of our modern representations!?
  2. That's so nice though because you'll still have the excitement of exploring next time too! I hope all the books in your current borrowed stack are good .
  3. Aww! He knew the way to your heart was books . Yay! I hope you continue to enjoy it! That must have felt good! Had much changed since you were there last?
  4. Poetic Wanderings

    That's really lovely . “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm - I’ve heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
  5. Dance of the Serpents

    That's what I think too! I can't wait to find out the actual ending!
  6. I forgot about that bit . Still less cringey than 'have they got any chips' in the film version though...
  7. Dance of the Serpents

    Oooh what's your theory!? I have one too but I'm definitely not sure about it!
  8. I loved The Hobbit but I did actually read it as a child (well, probably a teen, I can't exactly remember!). I absolutely love the very first bit of the book, describing hobbit holes. If I could live in a fictional world, I think I would like to be a hobbit . I can see why it would feel disappointing if you were expecting more LotR. I had no other context for The Hobbit when I started it. Wow, congratulations! Do you have an aim for the end of the year?
  9. Dance of the Serpents

    Seconded! The mystery of McGray's sister is becoming increasingly intriguing, I suspect we're in for a shock reveal in the final book!
  10. Victober

    I'm really looking forward to finding out the ending! I love that the mystery seems pretty clear-cut at the beginning, you think you see where it's going, but it becomes increasingly complex and uncertain as we go! That's brilliant. I think we can call the first Victober on BCF a success then . If I know I'm getting to a particularly good part I also just don't even start reading before bed. I am not that disciplined when it comes to books... buying them or reading them
  11. A Book blog 2021 by Books do Furnish a Room

    I have this book and I'm glad I read your review because it sounds a bit different to what I expected! I'm actually glad that it seems to be a lighter read than I thought, I expected it to potentially be quite depressing with the plague theme! I didn't know you did that. It must be incredibly frustrating. There's so much that's stupid and broken in the system. But that makes people who keep going to try to change those injustices even more special and appreciated Also one I really want to read!
  12. Victober

    I love this quote from Carmilla: 'But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths'. That is definitely true about vampires and entertainment, I can't say I've ever read a boring book with a vampire in it! And that means you've finished the challenge Luna! It's not even the end of the month . Which was your favourite of the three? I'm still going with Lady Audley's Secret and still really enjoying it. I've had to be strict about putting it down at the end of a chapter so I don't end up going to sleep too late (I've had a busy work week!). Hoping to have a lot more reading time today, once I've caught up on neglected house things.
  13. Victober

    You know you've drifted deep into the Gothic when the characters start dying from death! (Still tempted by this Penny Dreadful option!) It does really depend on your definition of a Penny Dreadful. I agree Carmilla is fair. It's the right style and it was serialised. It's a bit unfair of the etsy listing to call The Dark Blue a penny dreadful magazine though. It was actually a pretty expensive magazine (a shilling) and it featured some incredible artists and authors (like William Morris, Rossetti and Andrew Lang). It was horribly managed, cost way too much to produce and the editor ended up fleeing the country after just a few years... but it wasn't just a penny dreadful magazine . Has anybody ever seen the 'Penny Dreadful' anthology book that Barnes and Noble bought out? Frankenstein was included in that one!
  14. Case Study

    That does sound good! The plot doesn't strike me as something that's supposed to be humorous though. When you say it wasn't actually 'wickedly humorous', was it humorous at all?
  15. Lady Audley's Secret

    Typo fixed
  16. I haven't seen/read X Files - maybe I'd like that too! I bought two books: Letters from the Dead by Sam Hurcom and People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield (they were in the 3 for £5 offer at The Works and I was buying The Testimony of Alys Twist by Suzannah Dunn for my sister, so that's my excuse )
  17. Victober

    Maybe this is a conversation for the end of Victober but I don't think Mina is a weak woman in the book!
  18. Victober

    That just made me laugh. It does seem a bit extreme when you put it that way! (spoiler quoted the specifics though as Vodkafan mentioned he might read Dracula for this too!) I agree with Luna that life's too short to make yourself finish books you don't like - but I actually would suggest sticking with Dracula for now, because although you don't like the perspective in this part it will change again and I think you'll find Mina's story interesting! I think that is supposed to make it scarier to a British audience. Like vampires are something that happen to 'other' places - but what if they found a way to get here. Ooh I wonder whether that was intentional!? There were a few books featuring trains as scary, monstrous things.
  19. Folio Society

    I was reading today that the new autumn collection from the Folio Society is out and I know a few people on here love their books - so I wanted to share! I also thought it would be nice to have a specific thread for these books, to talk about them generally. The new collection is here: Latest Book Releases | The Folio Society They're all beautiful, but there's none in this set that I would spend a lot of money on. The really expensive one in this set is The Divine Comedy, which is £700! If I was going to splash out on one of their current editions, I'd buy Mr Rabbit's Symphony of Nature and Other Tales by Charles van Sandwyk, because the font and the illustrations are so beautiful. If could really really splash out, I'd get the His Dark Materials trilogy. The spines and slipcase of that are ridiculously pretty by themselves. But it is £155...
  20. Victober

    Yeah I understand what you mean now! It was a three volume novel, so that makes sense! It was serialised before that too though. I wonder if anything was changed between the serialised version and the three volume print!? I'd forgotten about that bit. I suppose the Gothic was all about breaking rules and making people feel uncomfortable! I hope things are calmer now so you can get some reading time! It is so good so far.
  21. Lady Audley's Secret

    I'm at a point where it's getting quite tense! I'll avert my eyes from this thread if you want to post your thoughts before I finish
  22. I'm excited for you!! I hope you love them too! I'm a few chapters in to Lady Audley's Secret, but still also reading a chapter here and there of Silence in the Age of Noise.
  23. Seasonal Reading

    I ducked into a charity shop to get out of the rain a few days ago (I wasn't looking for books - honest) and spotted A Very Murderous Christmas, a collection of short stories I remember someone reviewing on here (Chrissy maybe?). I will definitely be reading that one this December now! I love that the cover has a typical isolated house in a bleak landscape, but the title is flagged by cheerful little sprigs of holly .
  24. Poetic Wanderings

    If you can't bring yourself to build a snowman or even to clench a snowball or two to fling at the pine tree trunk, at least find some reason to take you out of yourself: scrape a patch of grass clear for the birds maybe; prod at your shrubs so they shake off the weight, straighten up; or just stump about leaving prints of your boots, your breath steaming out. Promise. Don't let yourself in for this moment again: the end of the afternoon, drawing the curtains on the glare of the garden, a whole day of snow nobody's trodden. Nobody by Michael Laskey
  25. The Limerick Game

    John Dungworth at home in a palace Like Christopher Robin and Alice When he went to the toilet No one would have known it