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 – a review
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 – a review
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
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
"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..."
I've been writing for a number of years now, but it was only recently that I heard the term, "purple prose". Ever since then, I've heard it cop a lot of flak and I didn't (and still don't) understand why. But firstly... what is "purple prose"? Purple prose is a literary term used to refer … Continue reading In defence of purple prose
This will be a long review (or essay)... but I have so much I want to discuss! The Treatment, by Suzanne Young, picks up where The Program left off. Being agonisingly left on tenterhooks by the first novel, I made sure I had the sequel in my hands days after finishing the first. Check out my review … Continue reading The Treatment – a review (spoilers)