Category: books

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

An uncomfortable but engrossing read and a mirror of sorts to the novel Lolita, which Russell clearly admires as much as I do. Though the prose is not as sublime as Nabokov’s, it’s well-written and engaging. Set before and after #MeToo Vanessa’s story, what happens to her, and how she struggles with her experiences all…

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

A strange and interesting fantasy novel set in a warped version of our world where magic, of a sort, is real. Featuring multiple interesting characters, some more unpleasant than others, and a good dose of weirdness, it was quite an enjoyable, though not pleasant, read. I liked being unable to predict where the story was…

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The Passionate Tudor by Alison Weir

Historical fiction about Mary I of England. I enjoy reading about this period but haven’t read much about Mary Tudor herself. Most of the novel is tedious with uninteresting writing and characters, and though the last part, concerning Mary’s final years, was more interesting it was still a stodgy read. Generally, I prefer Weir’s nonfiction…

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Talk Sweetly To Me by Courtney Milan

Another in the Brother’s Sinister series, but other than being a romance set in Victorian England I failed to see any connection. Rose Sweetly works as a computer for a scientist and has a crush on her rakish neighbourhood writer. All my previous complaints about Milan books are back in force; an overly rushed romance,…

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Clairmont by Lesley McDowell

I eagerly started this highly-rated novel about Clair Clairmont, being very interested in reading about her. After having finished it I can’t understand the glowing reviews. I didn’t care for it at all, finding it disjointed, tedious and brimming with unlikable, boring characters (Mary Shelley! Byron! Boring?!) wandering around in mind-numbingly dull settings (including the…

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