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Madeline: After the Fall of Usher

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Madeline: After the Fall of Usher is Marie Kiraly's brilliant fictional journey through the most infamous house in literature. Years after writing The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe meets the granddaughter of the real Madeline Usher -- and uncovers a secret as twisted as the cursed House itself.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1996)
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Jamie Stanley
Ok, so I am still currently reading this book.....but I LOVE IT SO FAR!!!
First of all, one thing that you should know about me, is that I am a HUGE Edgar A. Poe fan. My students would tell you that I am obsessed with him. So, naturally I like to read anything associated with him. My review is obviously going to be biased :)
My favorite story that Poe has written happens to be The Fall of the House of Usher. For those of you who do not know the story....Madeline and Roderick Usher are the last of
This is pretty twisted, like Poe, and a must read for E.A. Poe fans!
I thought this book was great - moody, gothic, and insightful. One of the main characters was Poe, himself, and the novel provided a lot of insights into Poe’s tragic life. The atmosphere of the book invoked Poe’s tales – I need to reread “The Fall of the House of Usher” which this book expands upon. When I first started reading the book, it was a little hard to get into but as it continues, you are really drawn into the strange story of the Ushers and their extended family. The Celtic aspects o ...more
Breanne Katherine
This continuation of Edgar Allen Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher' was surprisingly well written. I wasn't sure what to expect, expecially considering the fact that Mr. Poe has so brillianty penned the original novel, and thus - has set the bar rather high.

It was disturbingly incestual throughout some portions, yet only because a deeply powerful and magical force was at play (as in the original story) - yet this spin delves more-so into actual (possible) history, and even includes Mr. Poe hims
Ever wonder what happened to Madeline Usher? This tale by Kiraly weaves the life of Edgar Allan Poe into the life of his characters from The Fall of the House of Usher.
Wow - quite a disturbing/disturbed book! (Not that that was a surprise.) Quite a story and quite some characters, but "heroine" rather too inconstant to appeal.
I really liked this book, if you admire Poe and liked "The Fall of the House of Usher"; you should find this an interesting read.
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