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The Dead Alive | Wilkie COLLINS

A quick read. I need to read more Wilkie Collins though. 📖

Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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I really shouldn‘t be allowed at Barnes and noble lol. Not pictured are some other books I got that might be good for the #hauntedhollowswap and #basicwitchswap (I know the matches for these haven‘t been sent so if the person I get doesn‘t seem like they‘d like the ones I picked up today I‘ll just keep them for myself)

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The Law and the Lady | Wilkie COLLINS
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This book is BANANAS & I'm not ashamed to say that I was riveted. How you get along with it will depend on your tolerance for all of the bourgeois Victorian anxieties that come alive in these sensation novels; in this case, we have the usual fears & prejudices about "otherness" in relation to bodies, disability, & also ideal womanhood. The protagonist being an intelligent, independent woman is welcome; the embedded notions of femininity, less so!

batsy I found it strange & fascinating. I feel like the book was unintentionally revealing of the middle-class British Victorian psyche & it was all kinds of amusing, intriguing, & ugly. Lol. The mystery's resolution was also wild because of the notions of propriety that govern the conduct of the "good" characters. The men are absurd & the husband is beyond useless! This was a trip. Read it for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Inspector Bucket prompt. 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Amiable Love your review! 👍🏼 12mo
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Lindy Stacked! 12mo
Suet624 I only want to read about anxieties that make me laugh. :) Sounds like this might be the one to do it. 12mo
Billypar Great review - sounds memorable to say the least! I've been curious about trying The Woman in White but I'm always a little hesitant to pick up giant 19th century tomes 🙂 12mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Amiable Thank you! 💕 12mo
batsy @Lindy @Suet624 Just feel that I should warn you guys that what I found interesting might drive others up the wall 😅 12mo
batsy @Billypar Ooh, The Woman in White is really fun! Right up my street with its weird Gothic-y detective fiction vibes 🙂 12mo
merelybookish What a rollicking review! Your enjoyment of the book comes through! You manage to make Victorian lit (which I do love) sound...fun! And congrats on one inspector down. 😀 12mo
quietjenn Well then! I'm convinced! Love this review. 12mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! I love Victorian lit too, so maybe I'm predisposed to being somewhat favourable to this but Collins definitely has a knack of making things weird in a way that I enjoy 😁 12mo
batsy @quietjenn Thank you! I hope it's a good read for you when you get to it. 12mo
LeahBergen I‘m always down for some good bourgeois Victorian anxieties. 😆😆 12mo
LeahBergen @Billypar I‘ve been meaning to read it for years, too! 12mo
BarbaraBB Sounds great! I loved Woman in White and The Moonstone and have been looking for more Collins I just bought a copy of 12mo
batsy @LeahBergen Right? The whole point of reading, imo 😂 12mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Oh, nice! I haven't read that one. I'm looking forward to more Collins 🙂 12mo
Ruthiella Not sure how I overlooked this post previously? Definitely stacking. Have you read No Name? Also bananas is the best possible way! 📚 🍌 11mo
batsy @Ruthiella I haven't and I'm very excited to learn that it's also bananas! 😆 I do plan to read as much of Collins as I can. 11mo
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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1. Haruki Murakami, Wilkie Collins, Neil Gaiman

2. Hmm... 🤔 I'd say Hiraku Makimura (in Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami) - an unsuccessful overrated writer character... 😆 Honi soit qui mal y pense...

3. Tagged. Saw it today when shopping for #jolabokaflodswap and #littlechristmasswap and bought it immediately. Discovered it on here earlier this year... Typical #blameitonlitsy buy... ⬇

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Jezebel's Daughter | Wilkie COLLINS

Delightfully modern in pace, characterization, and mystery. Very glad that I picked this one up just based on the interesting title and gave it a go, because this was fun!

Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Told from the point of view of Wilkie Collins, this did not redeem him as a character at all. I found him cold, chauvinistic, and unreliable as a narrator. The story itself was okay, but dragged on in that way that Victorian period novels do. I likely would‘ve enjoyed this more if I‘d been more familiar with Wilkins and if I‘d actually read Dickens‘ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which I have not.

The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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Classic tale that I feel like gets talked about in other novels and I had to track it down! You know when you just want to find a book the old fashioned way? Second hand bookshop with a shipment of classics for the win!

Can't wait to see how it is! Anyone read it before?

#gothic #white #wilkiecollins

JamieArc I enjoyed it! 1y
LeslieO I loved it! 1y
BarbaraBB It‘s fantastic! 🖤 1y
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No Name | Wilkie COLLINS
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I‘ve always adored Collins‘ atmospheric storytelling - he doesn‘t fail in this tale of two sisters, disinherited & made illegitimate by an outdated Will. The main story unfolds as each deals w/ the blow to their status & lives. News alert, one of them takes a flying leap into the underworld of disguises, false names, & an intense & gripping scam worthy of a play out on the big screen. I could not stop reading when this part of the plot played out.

LeahBergen Stunning photo! 😍 I really need to read some Wilkie Collins; it‘s one of my “bookish shames” that I haven‘t (and, of course, I have them waiting on my shelves 😆). 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I share the “bookish shame.” 😂 2y
catebutler @LeahBergen Thanks Leah! Yes you do! 😂 And you‘re in good company, I‘m sure all of us readers have quite a few “bookish shames”. I think you‘d really really like WC. He‘s brilliant. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm I love this photo! 👏❤️ I‘ll pull this further up my tbr. I loved The Woman In White, was thinking of Moonstone next..perhaps this will be next. We shall see😄 2y
batsy Nice review! I'm keen to read this! @erzascarletbookgasm Definitely add The Moonstone to your list 🙂 2y
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you!! The Moonstone is excellent. I usually recommend reading those two first before dipping into his other works. But, I was seriously surprised and impressed with how much I loved this one!! 2y
catebutler @batsy Thank you! Love to hear what you think once you pick it up! 2y
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Cloudland | Joseph Olshan
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It‘s really hard to capture the colors of my neighborhood today but here are a few photos. I‘m escaping from the world today into this book. The characters are people I like, eccentric with a dry wit. It takes place in Vermont and I appreciate how familiar the author is with the state. I‘m completely absorbed. Reggie, the photos are for you. 💕

AmyG Beautiful. We went “leaf peeping” today in CO. The trees mostly turn gold. Nothing as beautiful as VT. 2y
valeriegeary Oh beautiful! 2y
wanderinglynn Beautiful 🍁 2y
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Jas16 Wow! So gorgeous. 2y
802Librarian We have good color down here, too 🍁 2y
LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 2y
Reggie ❤️Thanks, Sue!!! They‘re so pretty!!! 2y
Leftcoastzen How beautiful! 2y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous! I loved this book too 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Tanisha_A 😍 2y
Suet624 @AmyG I can't say this is my favorite time of year, because I actually get a bit melancholy as I know winter is coming. However, the beauty of the trees often takes my breath away. I hope you enjoy your beautiful golden trees. 2y
Suet624 I thought of you yesterday when I posted this. I was wondering if you might like this book. The author clearly knows about your neck of the woods. @NHLibrarian (edited) 2y
Suet624 @LeahBergen Definitely feel grateful to be in the midst of such beauty. Leah, do you ever come up here? 2y
Suet624 @Reggie Ready to come for a visit yet? 2y
BarbaraBB Oh Sue this is so beautiful! It‘s still on my bucketlist! The book sounds good too! 🍂 2y
Suet624 @BarbaraBB It's pretty early for our leaves to change. Usually it happens around October 7th. So if you ever want to see them in person, try to come then. I hope you can make it here sometime. It would be so fun to see you!!! 2y
BarbaraBB I‘d love to. And I‘ll remember that date. ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll Gorgeous!!!! 2y
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