This is a delightful quick read. I was able to finish it in little over an hour,and while eating breakfast. I love the language Irving uses....this baThis is a delightful quick read. I was able to finish it in little over an hour,and while eating breakfast. I love the language Irving uses....this basically talks about early Christmas celebrating in America,and some English traditions brought here.
Did you know they ate Peacock? It's interesting how it was prepared. I would recommend you read this with a piping hot drink to warm the cockles,and enjoy this short but fun little read. Definately worth the time to read on Christmas Eve or Day....to escape from those annoying little relatives....I also recommend Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales...also short...also delightful.
Now I am on to A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which I try to read every year....more
Sucks. Poorly written. If repetition is the award of the day this author gets top honors. I am only half way through this book, trudging my way througSucks. Poorly written. If repetition is the award of the day this author gets top honors. I am only half way through this book, trudging my way through it.....and to be honest, it makes me less sympathetic,and less interested in illegal aliens due to the poor writing this is. It is a bookclub choice,and we will be discussing this on the upcoming Friday. I will have to refrain from saying much ;I hate it so much. I doubt I will seriously change my mind when I finish this. It's a road through hell and back just trying to read it......
Makes me think about that commercial with the egg in the frying pan.... it's fried,and they say "This is your brain on drugs, any questions?"
I say....."This is my brain on JUST LIKE US, any questions???"
I wonder if Goodreads will remove this review????
Ok, I finished it, because I am a firm believer to give a book a chance, when it is a bookclub pick. I didn't change my mind. This book could have 98% of it edited out. Stick to writing articles for periodicals Helen, please! Too long,and such a bore....more
I was reading this book while camping. Everyone decided to turn in but me...I sat up alone by the campfire,and read. Before I knew it I got totally scI was reading this book while camping. Everyone decided to turn in but me...I sat up alone by the campfire,and read. Before I knew it I got totally scared. I swear I could hear things in the woods going bump in the night,and I am dodging into the tent, burying myself into my sleeping bag, scared shitless..... If you want a fast read, scary novel, , not much thought needed, just a good old fashioned scare...this is one to read....
I had remembered this book from the 70s , only recently, when someone told me they thought the cover art was great,and I was like...damn...I never gotI had remembered this book from the 70s , only recently, when someone told me they thought the cover art was great,and I was like...damn...I never got around to reading that one,and I wanted to buy a new horror novel to read this month leading up to Halloween...so I ordered it, it came,and I conquered. It read quick, because I was really hooked on it....it's pretty gory,and disturbing...fucking loved it....lol....
Read it, horror fan bitches! You won't be disappointed! Enjoy the ride!
I was trying to remember if I had read any H. P. Lovecraft in college...I most likely did....but I can't remember one thing I read in college. I rememI was trying to remember if I had read any H. P. Lovecraft in college...I most likely did....but I can't remember one thing I read in college. I remember Poe, most certainly, but Lovecraft doesn't stand out. I was looking at a list of great stories about haunted houses,and out of the 7 I had already read 5. This one, which on the list, I had not,and I am certain I'd not read this particular one before. I loved being a virgin on this one....I found myself wide eyed through out, because Lovecraft had honed his "craft" and this one kept the suspense coming. I was reading when my kitten jumped between me and the book,and I usually let her stay there, but during this story when she jumped up,and I yelled out, she jumped down in surprise. My nerves were on edge....I was hooked, creeped out, had the heebie jeebies......hairs on my arm standing on edge....a chill up and down my spine....I was like freaking out.....what a story......
Now on to Hell House by Richard Matherson, however you spell that one. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson is on the list too. I had read that one a couple years ago...because I love THE LOTTERY. Anyway..... google THE RATS IN THE WALLS. It's free online. Just don't read alone in the dark.....I am warning you. If you have a cat, don't scream when it jumps up on you....like I did.....this is truly a creepy story........more
I was very anxious to read this one before Halloween ,and I made it. The author is a historian, who wrote this as a historical fiction novel.It works!I was very anxious to read this one before Halloween ,and I made it. The author is a historian, who wrote this as a historical fiction novel.It works! I really enjoyed it a lot. She tells that all the events in this story are true according to research she painstakingly did on the subject. I was a bit shocked by the ending, of finding out some things I didn't know.
The story in this novel is well written,and I enjoyed the interaction between the characters in the story. I was ready for it to get past the suspense of what was really going to happen between Poe and Frances..... which the author gave a lot of bang for your buck at the end, spending a lot of time leading up to it.....That is my only complaint, is the lead in seemed a bit long. Then boom, it all fell into place.
I hope this book sells well. I saw a bunch of copies available at Costco , when I was there this past weekend. I hope it's off the shelves once I get to go back again. Here's hoping.
If you have interest in Poe,and his life with his wife Virgnia, you will certainly get a lot of info about that. The man had it rough all around it seems. But I truly believe it's what made his stories and poems great, the grit in his life made his stories what they are. If that all interests you, I highly recommend this book.
I will be reading THE RAVEN aloud this Halloween, as I always do.
Yes, I've seen the cartoon versions of this story....I have not seen the Johnny Depp movie, which this friend keeps telling me I need to see......
I reYes, I've seen the cartoon versions of this story....I have not seen the Johnny Depp movie, which this friend keeps telling me I need to see......
I read a simplified version, picture book to my students for 31 years of teaching,and they loved it.
Then I realized I'd not actually read the original Irving story.....so using www.gutenberg.org I downloaded it onto my Nook,and read the whole thing this past evening.....the story was very familiar, of course, but the language Irving used...the way he told the story was fantastic. I wish I'd read it a long long time ago....Since I have it on my Nook, I plan to make it a tradition to read it every Halloween from now on......don't wait till you are much much older to actually read this one....do it now....even on the gutenberg site you can read it for free on your computer without downloading...... read it this Halloween while you have the chance....
"In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town. This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days. Be that as it may, I do not vouch for the fact, but merely advert to it, for the sake of being precise and authentic. Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley or rather lap of land among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just murmur enough to lull one to repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail or tapping of a woodpecker is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquillity."
This is the first few lines of the classic story, perfect for the Halloween season,and it's a top rated television show........ Read it now..... or you may lose your head.......or go out of your mind wondering why you didn't read the original a long time ago..... ...more