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aliceanne
08-05-2011, 05:05 PM
I really liked A Modern Mephistopheles, which, if I remember correctly, hinted more than a little at homoeroticism and drug use. When she said "I am tired of writing moral pap for the young" she wasn't kidding.

Another Villette fan here. I also really liked The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne, even though the heroine was a bit of a pill.

Is Modern Mephistopheles a short story or a novel? I have a book of her short stories ("Behind the Mask"). The first story is the one Allen was talking about (the best one in the book).

I think I've read everything by the Brontes except "Shirley". The Brontes seem to know a lot about sexual desire and manipulation. For their time they were bold about writing about it. I often wonder how many women in that era suffered the fate of the heroine of Wildfell Hall. Louisa May almost seems bitter about being a "good girl" when she writes under her pseudonym. Jane Austen keeps up the front of respectability, but I wonder what she had hidden away in HER trunk...

IceAlisa
08-05-2011, 05:14 PM
I am only about 40 pages into The Children's Book. So far I find it intriguing and am enjoying the inspired descriptions of the artwork. That piece of pottery with toads and lizards, I want it.


I finished Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11250053-the-snow-child) the other day. SO SO glad I found a way to get an advanced copy (it comes out in February). Such a marvelously well-written adaptation of an old Russian children's folk tale. I guarantee this one will be a hit once published. Here's my Goodreads.com review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/184659412). I think I know how the story ends. I will PM you.

Spinner
08-06-2011, 02:13 AM
I think I know how the story ends. I will PM you.

I replied in the PM, but I think it's ok to say here too. Eowyn Ivey came across a children's book called The Snow Child by Freya Littledale in the bookstore where she works. She thought it'd make a great adult novel and after some research found it was inspired by the Russian tale called Snegurochka. There are few translations of that story and a couple different endings--the snow girl melts in the spring or she melts because she falls in love with a boy, etc. The ending in this novel is different, but when you get there you'll see the inspiration. Her writing is quite good, mature and very picturesque.

Nomad
08-06-2011, 03:31 AM
Is Modern Mephistopheles a short story or a novel? I have a book of her short stories ("Behind the Mask"). The first story is the one Allen was talking about (the best one in the book).
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It's a novel. I think she wrote it in the late 1870s.

Cheylana
08-06-2011, 06:17 AM
Reading Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, by Alison Weir. It is a surprisingly slow read; most of Weir's books are highly entertaining, faster reads for me. I will stick with it, though.

IceAlisa
08-06-2011, 06:19 AM
Reading Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, by Alison Weir. It is a surprisingly slow read; most of Weir's books are highly entertaining, faster reads for me. I will stick with it, though.

I got stuck with that one as well while I breathed through her Elizabeth book. She kind of dropped the ball there.

I am looking forward to checking out her Innocent Traitor about the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey. This one is a novel.

Cheylana
08-06-2011, 06:28 AM
Innocent Traitor is great! I usually don't enjoy historical fiction, but that one was pretty good.

Lanie
08-06-2011, 06:54 AM
Innocent Traitor was good, yet I was really irked with the stereotypical portrayal of all the characters. They all fell into archetypes. Frances Grey was not some evil shrewish harpy, John Dudley was not some cruel genius mastermind, and Jane Grey was definitely a teenager and not some perfect angel. Leanda de Lisle wrote a fabulous book (The Sisters Who Would Be Queen) about Jane and her sisters Katherine and Mary that really sheds light on them and their family. Here's a summary of things by the author. (http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/leanda-de-lisle/lady-jane-grey)

I was annoyed by Weir's other two historical novels, one on Elizabeth I and the other a horror about Eleanor of Aquitaine that was mostly porn.

Cheylana
08-06-2011, 07:16 AM
I'll have to check out Leanda de Lisle, I'm not familiar with her stuff. It's not historical fiction, is it? I'd prefer to stick with nonfiction for now.

rfisher
08-06-2011, 05:12 PM
I just bought a zombie novel. It was 50% off at Borders. The tipping point was thinking about how if there are zombie attacks, PL would be sitting out there in the midwest corn fields saying I told you so because I didn't know what to do and one ate my brain. I just couldnt bear the thought of that smug look so now I'll be prepared. Assuming I can get through the first chapter and don't throw it onto the library donation pile.

PrincessLeppard
08-06-2011, 05:21 PM
Which one did you get? :watch: World War Z is excellent.

*ignoring cornfield comment for the moment*

rfisher
08-06-2011, 05:29 PM
Which one did you get? :watch: World War Z is excellent.

*ignoring cornfield comment for the moment*

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater. It won some kind of award for a first novel.

Borders is going to be the death of me. I just bought 10 books to go along with the 15 or so I've already bought. :shuffle: Tomorrow was the end of the extra 10% for a Border's Plus card.

I'm waiting for everything to drop to 60-75% off before I make one more foray through the store.

IceAlisa
08-06-2011, 05:37 PM
Innocent Traitor was good, yet I was really irked with the stereotypical portrayal of all the characters. They all fell into archetypes. Frances Grey was not some evil shrewish harpy, John Dudley was not some cruel genius mastermind, and Jane Grey was definitely a teenager and not some perfect angel. Leanda de Lisle wrote a fabulous book (The Sisters Who Would Be Queen) about Jane and her sisters Katherine and Mary that really sheds light on them and their family. Here's a summary of things by the author. (http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/leanda-de-lisle/lady-jane-grey)

I was annoyed by Weir's other two historical novels, one on Elizabeth I and the other a horror about Eleanor of Aquitaine that was mostly porn.

Thanks, Lanie. Will check that one out as well. You were a history major and are a Tudor buff, right? :P

Lanie
08-06-2011, 06:09 PM
Thanks, Lanie. Will check that one out as well. You were a history major and are a Tudor buff, right? :P

Yup! I'm mostly interested in all the religious and political machinations. Screw Henry VIII and his wives, that's kinda boring. :rofl:

The Sisters Who Would Be Queen is non-fiction. If you are interested there is also a fabulous new biography on Queen Mary by... Linda Porter, I believe. It was great. Sympathetic without being too sympathetic but not painting her like she was some evil Catholic harridan.

I also checked out this book on Eleanor of Aquitaine. I totally forget the title, I fail. Is it just me or in every historical fiction book, does the heroine need to spot some couple having sex in the grass, thus her sexual awakening (zomfgwtfbbq!!!) in the first ten pages? :blah: I swear, I've seen this in a bunch of novels that I've checked out lately...

IceAlisa
08-06-2011, 06:10 PM
I have taken a detour from The Children's Book. I had renewed my library card and happened to snag Jennifer Weiner's In Her Shoes. Yup, that's the one the movie Cameron Diaz, Tori Colette and Shirley MacLane was based on. One of the attractions was the e.e. cummings poem--I am a sucker for e.e. cummings.

Otherwise, I expected this to be your usual summer read chick litty stuff. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it well-written and the characters engaging. It's still rather chick litty but so what.

Another detour from The Children's Book is on the horizon when my copy of Dreams of Joy arrives. I gave up on the library queue and got a used copy. I will go back to the Children's Book though, having liked what I've read so far.

:lol: Lanie. Just put The Sisters Who Would Be Queen on my list in the library.