I directed this show for Halloween 2016, and it is FANTASTIC! I really loved how faithful the script is to the original story, not shirking the relatiI directed this show for Halloween 2016, and it is FANTASTIC! I really loved how faithful the script is to the original story, not shirking the relationship between Laura and Carmilla that made the original (now nearly-forgotten) novella so scandalous.
If you're considering producing this show, I have one suggestion: split the role of Laura. In the script, Laura is played by one actress who stops talking in the past (just before WW2 in the late 1930s) to answer Capt. Martin's question or query in the present (in the 1940s, not long after WW2 is over). It get's confusing for the audience and the reader at times, and we found that splitting the lines between a Young Laura who lived the story and an Adult Laura who is telling Martin the story worked best for everyone. For this reason, I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5.
It's a small hiccup, but other that splitting the Laura role this script is so good! The language is evocative and every character, even the three who only have one scene each, is given dialogue and scenes that are interesting and were a blast to stage. I can't recommend this adaption enough!...more
An EXCELLENT follow-up to The Actor and the Earl! It genuinely has more of everything; more adventure, more plot elements, more history tidbits, moreAn EXCELLENT follow-up to The Actor and the Earl! It genuinely has more of everything; more adventure, more plot elements, more history tidbits, more twists, and (of course) more of Sebastian and Anthony being together.
I really loved this book, and more than anything I'd love to see it adapted into a miniseries or something like that. HBO or Starz, get on that!
While there was less of a theatre aspect to this one, it definitely made up for it with a plot that--for me--never had a dragging lull in it, as one can often find with a middle book in a series. I really related to Sebastian, and I keep wanting the best for him with each turn that life at Crofton Hall brings him. I'm just so glad he found happiness with Anthony! But will it last? (Of course it will, it's really just a question of what roadblocks will be set in their way in the third book.)
tl;dr this series has really found its stride, and I hope the pace continues in the third book! I'm loving both the main and secondary characters thus far....more
Hoooooly crap, this book was good. So good, that I read it all in one day! I couldn't put it down. As someone who is a huge history buff and a ShakespHoooooly crap, this book was good. So good, that I read it all in one day! I couldn't put it down. As someone who is a huge history buff and a Shakespearian actor, I really appreciated all the little details Rebecca Cohen put in about the Elizabethan era and the theatre at the time while at the same time doing it in a way that won't deter non-history buffs. She doesn't giving you a whole history of the era (that would be dull, to be sure), but gives just enough that you know she's really done her research and really grounds her characters in the era.
I can't recommend this book enough. Even though I ordered the paperback, I read the ebook that you get for free with a physical copy. I've just ordered the other two books in the series and the first book of the spin-off series, set-in the modern day. I don't think I'll be waiting for the physical books to arrive before digging in and reading more!
This book had it all; steamy romance, drama, A GOOD PLOT, a the feeling of a well-fleshed out setting. I look forward to returning to the characters once--err, twice--more!...more
This is the second book by Jane Nickerson, the first being Strands of Bronze and Gold, which takes place roughly a decade before The Mirk and MidnightThis is the second book by Jane Nickerson, the first being Strands of Bronze and Gold, which takes place roughly a decade before The Mirk and Midnight Hour but is set in the same State. Although they are connected, it IS possible to read each one as a stand-alone book.
Whereas Strands of Bronze and Gold was a full-length gothic retelling of the fairy tale Bluebeard, The Mirk and Midnight Hour was a very, very loose adaption of the ancient Scottish ballad, The Ballad of Tam Lin. It lacked the gothic feel that Strands had, but it read as an interesting historical novel that follows one family left behind when the heroine's father goes off to fight for the Confederate Army in the Civil War. As the novel goes on, however, it finally starts to reveal enemies both thoroughly human and those with the mystical powers of hoodoo (the non-religious branch of voodoo), as well as a dark mystery: just WHY are the hoodoo practitioners keeping wounded Union soldier Thomas Lynd alive and isolated when it's becoming increasingly clear that their intentions probably aren't just to make him better?
I really enjoyed this book. I LOVED Strands of Bronze and Gold and although I consider that to be the better of the two books, that doesn't mean that The Mirk and Midnight Hour wasn't a great read. I read the first book in the series by staying up late two nights in a row, and I did the same with the second! It's a bit more predictable than Strands and perhaps might not have the one-in-a-million sort of brilliance Strands did, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WASN'T A GOOD BOOK. I very much enjoyed the ride I took while reading this book! And quite a few of the detail plot points took me by surprise, even if I could already guess the overall plot points. It was a great book, and I will definitely be waiting for the third book in the series!...more
I read most of this book in one day. Well, I stayed up until 4:18AM to finish it, so technically it was two, but I was all within 24 hours. My point iI read most of this book in one day. Well, I stayed up until 4:18AM to finish it, so technically it was two, but I was all within 24 hours. My point is: Holy cow. What a book!
By page six I was hooked. You're thrown right into the action of long ago when two Revolutionary War soldiers escape into a swamp to escape the British. Even in those few pages of prologue, so much happens and your completely thrown one way then the next. Next thing you know you meet Verity Boone, the heroine, in post-Civil War America and she's engaged to a man she doesn't know except through a letter correspondence.
Could the first 20 pages be any more radically different?
By the time Verity discovers that her mother's grave — as well as her aunt's — has been covered by a iron filigree cage outside of the cemetery on unhallowed ground, I was completely invested in this book and couldn't wait to see where it lead. There were a lot of Small Incidents which confidently kept me from wondering, 'Gee, I wonder what DID happen to her aunt and mother...?' too much, which therefore made the the reveal startling and a complete surprise. Thinking back on it, I should have seen it coming. But I'm so glad that I didn't! It made for such a unique style and purposely diverted from the reader trying to figure things out for themselves because so many small everyday things were happening, too. But gosh was it good.
I also really love that Salerni was inspired to write this story after seeing two real caged graves in an abandoned graveyard outside of Catawissa, Pennsylvania and faithly describing them in her story and creating a fictional story around them. As a resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I'll definitely try to hunt these two graves down sometime this summer!
This book has a little bit of something for everyone. It's clever and ingenious and very obviously well researched. It features a unique topic and an extremely realistic cast of characters; not a single one seemed over the top or fake. I feel like I could have honestly run into any one of the characters while walking through town shortly after the Civil War. I just want to shove this book at everyone and demand they read it right now....more
This was an interestingly odd read. There's a little of something for most everyone. History? Check. Superheroes? Check. Interesting villians3.5 stars
This was an interestingly odd read. There's a little of something for most everyone. History? Check. Superheroes? Check. Interesting villians? Check. Many unanswered questions? Most definitely check!
I bought this book not quite sure what to expect. I'm a HUGE fan of The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale, Part 1, so I thought I'd check out this other graphic novel about the Revolutionary War. This book was better than I thought it might end up being! I'll be reading the second volume as well. If you like history, suerheroes, and action-packed graphic novels and a bit of the odd or supernatural, this book might be something you'd like. A good graphic novel for both middle school readers and older....more
I mean seriously, where do I even start? It's so good. "Hitty" is based on an old peg doll the author and her friend saw in an antique storeTHIS BOOK.
I mean seriously, where do I even start? It's so good. "Hitty" is based on an old peg doll the author and her friend saw in an antique store. The doll's face had such personality that Ms. Mead was left to wonder just what the doll's story was. In answer to this question, Ms. Mead wrote this charming book, and the friend that was with her in the antique store, Dorothy Lathrop, provides fantastic illustrations.
Telling the tale is Hitty, a little ash wood peg doll who, over the course of 100 years, is lost, found, stolen, and goes on many adventures and witness quite a few historic events. In elementary school I had read Rachel Field's Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, which is a picture book adaption of Rachel Mead's original book. I had loved the illustrated edition, and when I found the original book at Borders one day a good few years later, I freaked. I was so excited! And my high expectations were more than met when I read the book. It's a darling little gem from 1929, and quite deserves the Newberry Medal it won. It's a great book, and one I know I'll definitely pass on to any children I may have in the far future.