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It's a Joan Aiken novel - what did you expect?

Nowadays everyone can be a reviewer, but are they all on the same page..?

Joan Aiken was lucky enough to be regularly reviewed in newspapers and book supplements as her novels came out, but she would have been astonished to see the numbers of readers who are now able to share their thoughts on sites like Goodreads, or want to post their reviews on Amazon, and to see the wild variety of tastes and opinions they  offer on their reading of the same novel! 658 more words

Joan Aiken Adult Novels

Percy Shelley

Percy Shelley was Mary Shelley’s husband. He was also a poet, writer, convict, political refugee and possibly even a child kidnapper, albeit in a strange attempt to replace the child he and Mary lost.


Walpole and Hogg | Short Reviews

For a few weeks now, the majority of the books I have read are of the Gothic genre. I had put novels aside while I dedicated myself to non-fiction books, but after reading The Monk by Matthew Lewis I became eager to explore other similar works. 647 more words


Studies, Reading List, and Book Club

A few things have happened since I last updated this blog: The Shelley Conference 2017 took place at the Senate House (you can see my report… 640 more words


TV's Spooky Outlander Show and Time Travel Conundrums


Now before I get into my problem and questions with the very good Starz time-travel television series “Outlander,” allow me to digress for some needed context. 1,692 more words

Popular Culture

220th birthday anniversary of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein

In June 1816 a young woman awoke from a terrifying nightmare. Later, she would recount the vision which had left her so unsettled.

“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. 851 more words


The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Starred review: 7.5/10 stars

One of the newest books I’ve read recently is The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter. Published in June of 2017, my attention was caught initially by the cover (pictured above).   309 more words

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