Penny Dreadful: Volume 1

Penny Dreadful comic by Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Louis De Martinis

Reading comics based on, or inspired by, a television series is always so bittersweet for me. I love the intimacy of a comic book; I love feeling like I have a role in how the story is conveyed or interpreted; I love the 'white space' where I can mentally fill in details or images the … Continue reading Penny Dreadful: Volume 1

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B is for Beagle

The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

As you know, I recently began a new venture: to read through all my unread classics in alphabetical order. First on the list is Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. This review contains spoilers. What can I say about this book? Well, I wasn't exactly intending to do reviews for all the books I am … Continue reading B is for Beagle

The Asylum, by John Harwood

The Asylum by John Harwood

There seems to be a theme, in a number of the books I've read, being that a woman's confinement within an asylum has been part of some great conspiracy to, as I've noted before, silence them. This is the kind of thing I'd love to study, and write a paper on. And I might just … Continue reading The Asylum, by John Harwood

Florence & Giles, by John Harding

Florence and Giles by John Harding

Florence & Giles, by John Harding is unlike anything I've read before. Sure, I've seen the Gothic elements before, but I'm talking about the language. At first I was like, "Jeez, there seems to be a few errors." then I was like, "Have I forgotten English?" then I realised, "Ah!" and then it was like, "Holy … Continue reading Florence & Giles, by John Harding

An unintentional review post on Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

All of my books have arrived in the mail. Woo! I can't wait to crack into them! I recently finished reading Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland. It was amazing! But, I will speak (write?) more of that in a minute. I just started Florence and Giles, by John Harding. It was so difficult to choose (from … Continue reading An unintentional review post on Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland

Historical fiction: Research

Eleanor by Cadence

I know a lot of people, myself included, who have said that they feel like they belong in another period of time. Yes, I feel that at times. All the time. Absolutely. I think the idea of being, say in 19thC London, away from the thrall of Facebook (and away from the evil trolls who frequent it), … Continue reading Historical fiction: Research

Writing historical fiction – the pros, the cons, the heartaches

Eleanor by Cadence

"I’ve always had a fondness for historical fiction, and I’ve particularly admired the commitment and the lengths writers go to, to create the perfect story in our world..."