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    In the Woods by Tana French
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    Florida, USA
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    British classics. Gothic horror, suspense, romance.

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  1. LOL! I've read so much I have trouble finding what I do like! I hate science fiction too. I like historical mysteries I guess with some romance thrown in. But what use is that to you! The Bible start with the New Testament. I'm going to start one called "In the Woods" by Tana French; you might want to check it out. I can tell you that I liked the new Sherlock Holmes book called "The House of Silk" by Anthony Horowitz."
  2. You should be given a medal for finishing Udolpho! I read half and had to give it up! I like Gothic fiction and have tried to read the early texts. Recently I tried Bungay Castle by Elizabeth Bonhote but couldn't get past the wimpy female characters! I thought "The Castle of Otranto" was quite good. Now I'm giving "The Monk" a try.
  3. Hi Millhouse. I always wanted to be a writer but the task seems so daunting to me. I prefer to just read a good book.
  4. LOL it was Cathy's fault she betrayed her own heart.
  5. Yes that is what is wonderful about Jane, how real she is. Very passionate and honest! But I liked Rochester too. I felt sorry for him and I loved his wit! The conversations between Jane and Rochester are what makes the novel! As to Wuthering Heights equally passionate and haunting! It is just different from Jane Eyre but no less a great read.
  6. Amusing thread! I can't think of one specifically now but there are so many books that I pick up in the library that I start and leave because its boring! Now that someone mentioned Carol Higgins Clark, I'd have to second that one.
  7. I love classics! But admittedly not all classics are good or just not my style. My favorite authors are the Brontes and then Jane Austen. Two authors who are considered great writers I still can't like for example George Eliot and Charles Dickens. I also thought I would like Anne Radcliffe because I love Gothic fiction but I am still halfway through "The Mysteries of Udolpho" and I don't know when I will return to it.
  8. I downloaded "The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie. I never heard of Tuppence and Tommy. I was only acquainted with Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. This was a light, humourous read.4/5. Next, I read "Candide" by Voltaire. Excellent book 5/5!
  9. I just finished Candide and it is more philopsophical than I previous satire I read called in Spanish "El Lazarillo de Tormes." This extra aspect to it made it feel much more relevant as the central theme was that everything works out for the best. The author seems to reject this notion however his position is not quite clear. Maybe it can be said that his position is more in between optimism and pesimism. Hard to tell at the end and I won't spoil the end for others. But totally a worthwhile read! 5/5!
  10. I just read "The Doll and other stories" by Daphne du Maurier. I would recommend this one. Oddly, "The Doll" didn't impress me that much. I liked "Frustration" and "The Weekend" which talked about love gone awry. In fact many of them are about love gone wrong.
  11. 1. Which story was your favorite and why? I think Puss-in-Boots stands out the most for me. I enjoyed the bawdy tone in which it was written. 2. Who was your favorite character and why? I think Mr. Lyon however I don't think her rewriting added anything to the original. The Beast is a very sympathetic character you can't help liking. 3. Was there a particular part that you enjoyed or disliked more than the rest? I loved her prose though she seemed overly fixated on the sexual part. She was kind of like Freud. 4. Was this the first book you've read in this genre, or by this author? Has it encouraged you to read more? Yes I would like to read more retellings of classic fairy tales. And yes I would definitely read more of her books. 5. Were there any parts or ideas you stuggled with? Sometimes I was confused as to the nature of the beast. There was one story in particular where this happened but I can't remember which one! I didn't know if it was a werewolf or vampire! 6. How did you find the experience of reading a collection of short stories? Were you able to engage with the characters in the same way? I usually don't read short stories but I liked this one and the one I read prior to that, "The Doll and other stories" by Daphne du Maurier. 7. Overall, did you find it an enjoyable experience? Yes I did. Very much.
  12. Dickens is one Victorian author I try to like but his novels are just so long. I tried "Bleak House" but couldn't finish it.
  13. Thanks for your replies. "Jane" follows the original Jane Eyre much too closely but what can I say Nico Rathburn, rockstar as Mr. Rochester is almost every woman's fantasy. I would like to read earlier Gothic fiction. I enjoyed "The Castle of Otranto" very much. I would like to read "Melmoth the Wanderer" and others in a similar vein but sometimes the language of early novels can be tedious and off-putting. I did try to read Dickens' "Bleak House" but I just couldn't get into his slow-paced narrative. I love to read classics but I just never being able to get into a Dickens novel. I have also tried George Eliot but don't like her prose. I think sometimes the BBC dramas of certain novels are better than the book. I liked Gaskell's "North and South" and I downloaded "Mary Barton" to my Kindle but stopped reading it. Gaskell takes a long time to build up an interesting story.
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