Monthly Archives: September 2006

Gothic: The original chick-lit? – RIP Challenge #4 – Dragonwyck, Anya Seton

Atmosphere: RomanticChill factor: Definitely pelerine weather Is gothic the original chick-lit? This speculation occurred to me after finishing Anya Seton’s Dragonwyck. The whole RIP Challenge has awakened an interest in gothic literature: how the genre started, what constitutes gothic, the … Continue reading

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It happened

Last night. The most awful thing. Well, not most awful. But pretty darn awful. I could not read. I got into bed, snuggled in for my usual read, opened a book and–gibberish. Couldn’t focus on one sentence. Put that down … Continue reading

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Who are The Dead?

Cross-posted at A Curious Singularity I’ve been enjoying everyone’s comments on this story, and plink-plink, here are my two cents: The Dead is simply a superb short story, one of the best in the English language. Joyce realizes near perfection … Continue reading

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Final Turn of the Screw

In my last (thankfully) look at The Turn of the Screw, I wanted to review James’s device of word repetition. He repeats a number of words or phrases, and I wonder if the repetition adds layers to the meaning. One … Continue reading

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Oldies but goodies

It’s Friday. The end of a truly noxious week here in an anonymous cubicle somewhere in the heart of San Francisco. I’m ready for a bit of nonsense… Don’t know why, except the synapses are starting to fray at the … Continue reading

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Still turning the screw

Before I begin, let me say, before I’m accused of crankiness, that I admire James’s prose; let’s face it, the guy knows his way around a sentence. The book I purchased with Turn of the Screw also includes other shorter … Continue reading

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RIP Challenge #3 – The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

Atmosphere: Ambiguous Chill Factor: A sprinkle of hair-raising with intermittent goosebumpsI was hampered in this reading by two things: Henry James’s prose and the fact that I’ve seen the Deborah Kerr movie. Therefore, I read this novella twice. Reading James … Continue reading

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