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Old 09-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #61
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Drood by Dan Simmons is an interesting read.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:40 PM   #62
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I've recently finished Anne Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), generally thought of as one of the first gothic novels. An extremely long and at times hugely tedious book, in which the heroine Emily either cries or faints for hundreds of consecutive pages. It makes no sort of narrative sense at all.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone ever....yet I have to say that I sort of liked it. I hate slickly written books that are full of artifice and packaged thrills, and I love rambling, odd, overlong novels that defy your expectations to be entertained.
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Oh, and I read Henry James's The Turn of the Screw over the weekend. I had the hots for this - it has a towering reputation as the great psychological chiller/ghost story and I was really looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, I found James's deliberately ambiguous prose just infuriating. There were several bits that I found completely impenetrable. The whole thing left me cold - not in a satisfyingly creeped-out way, but in a couldn't-care-less way. Maybe I should try harder.

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Unfortunately, I found James's deliberately ambiguous prose just infuriating. There were several bits that I found completely impenetrable. The whole thing left me cold - not in a satisfyingly creeped-out way, but in a couldn't-care-less way. Maybe I should try harder.
Sounds like you tried plenty.
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Very ambitious reading. I'm embarrassed to say that when I arrive home from work all I can handle is Patterson.
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Unfortunately, I found James's deliberately ambiguous prose just infuriating. There were several bits that I found completely impenetrable. The whole thing left me cold - not in a satisfyingly creeped-out way, but in a couldn't-care-less way. Maybe I should try harder.
You're not the only one. I approached that book the same way you did, and was rather non-plussed afterwards. Not as enchanting as James' Portrait of a Lady.
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I'd just like to mention LivingItUp's avatar. I can't stop looking at it. I mean, Holy Mary, Mother of God. Just look at it.

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I'd just like to mention LivingItUp's avatar. I can't stop looking at it. I mean, Holy Mary, Mother of God. Just look at it.

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Sorry! In all fairness I did spent a lot of time on Amazon reading more about the books you reviewed so we're even.
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