Tags » Epistolary Novels

Review: Adios Scheherazade, Chapter 2

To: Donald E. Westlake, c/o The Final Mystery

From: ‘Fred Fitch’, via The Westlake Review

Dear Mr. Westlake:

Thanks so much for your response to my previous missive, and for answering my question about Ambrose Bierce (a hero of mine as a boy, as perhaps he was for you as well).  5,325 more words

Donald Westlake Novels

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I think I’ve already mentioned (twice) that I think Robinson Crusoe sucks.

It does. It sucks balls.

Do you enjoy long lists? Like those bits of the Bible that are just ‘Joshua who begot, Hnezikiah, who begot whatshisfact who begot…’ You get the idea. 177 more words


Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

I’m doing this now because I realised I hadn’t addressed anything from the ‘State of the Nation’ section.

Aphra Behn was a pretty remarkable woman. She was a spy and a playwright, like a 17th century, female, Christopher Marlowe. 238 more words


Hannah Webster Foster, The Coquette

The Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette is a 1797 American epistolary seduction novel and a roman à clef about the death of Elizabeth Whitman (fictionally re-christened Eliza Wharton), a woman of the Connecticut gentry who is impregnated by a married man and who then dies in a tavern after giving birth to his stillborn child. 1,529 more words


Knight Notes: The Knight, Chapter One

And so we begin. There is a lot of important symbolism and allusions in Chapter 1, so it gets its own, very long post. As I said earlier, … 2,113 more words

Gene Wolfe

Clarissa and Pamela - Samuel Richardson

I’m doing a two birds one stone thing here because really only one of these books should be on the list. There is a scene is one of Jasper Ffordes Thursday Next books (much funnier that either Flaubert’s Parrot or Don Quixote whatever certain newspapers might think) when a character is cursed so that she cannot die until she has read the 10 most boring novels in existence. 317 more words