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I’m a bit later than usual today since my release week takes priority, and I didn’t want to post twice in one hour 🙂
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What I’m currently reading
It’s taking me longer than I hoped to get through this. I haven’t got as much time to read this week , otherwise I’d be finishing it today :/ I’m enjoying it and I’d love to give it more of my time, but there’s too much going on at the moment :/ I’m still hoping to finish it this week so I can squeeze three books into October, but it might be tight.
1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.
Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.
2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.
Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
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What I recently finished reading
This wasn’t entirely what I expected, but in a good way. I expected Dracula to feature a lot more actively rather than just behind the scenes since the book is, you know, named after him, and it wasn’t as difficult to read as some books of that time. I actually found it very easy to read! It just took me a while because the font is relatively small and a lot of the paragraphs take up most if not all of the page.
The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.
What I think I’ll read next
This is a maybe. I’m not getting through Daughters of the Oak as quickly as I thought I would because I’ve had less time to read, and I don’t want this month’s read to spill over too much into November since I’ll need my NaNo reading to get me through the month.
So, depending on when I finish Daughters of the Oak, I may or may not read Frankenstein next.
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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