A quick, entertaining read that provides fans of the series some one-on-one time with a favorite character. For curious readers, this short could alsoA quick, entertaining read that provides fans of the series some one-on-one time with a favorite character. For curious readers, this short could also serve as an introduction to Swendson's world and writing style....more
In Ghostly, Niffenegger presents ghost tales she finds particularly diverting (accompanied by her own strange illustrations). While not all of her choIn Ghostly, Niffenegger presents ghost tales she finds particularly diverting (accompanied by her own strange illustrations). While not all of her choices struck a chord with me, I'm still pleased with the end result.
Alas, that also means I've found more authors to delve into.
Oh, bother. -----------
"The Black Cat" by Poe. Beware alcohol. If you do drink, beware the vengeance of cats.
"Secret Life, with Cats" by Niffenegger. Events conspire to bring a lonely woman peace and solace and companionship...but it all goes very wrong. Disturbingly, surprisingly wrong.
"Pomegranate Seed" by Wharton. Gentle, yet unsettling. The mild, nagging worry that something is awry and won't someone just admit it before I go slowly mad? Shades of Rebecca- No, strongly-hued swashes of Rebecca.
"The Beckoning Fair One" by Onions. Oh, I thought it would never end.
"The Mezzotint" by M.R. James. Delightfully creepy. If this is a fair representation of James' work, I can see why John Connolly listed him as an influence. There's something so fascinating in the easy way the characters accept the unusual events, the way they are touched by them yet not devoured.
"Honeysuckle Cottage" by Wodehouse. Marvelous stuff. I'm a fan of Wodehouse in general, so I was happy to find him here. This unorthodox haunting is gleefully described, but the more I think on it the more unnerving it becomes.
"Click-Clack the Rattlebag" by Gaiman. Despite my familiarity with the tale, it's still brilliant in its simplicity and efficiency. Great atmosphere.
"They" by Kipling. Can't do any better than my notes: Interesting events. Tiresome descriptions of roads roads and roads. Ending - huh??
"Playmates" by Burrage. I enjoyed the slow unfolding of this one. Though none of the characters were particularly likable, I found myself genuinely curious about what might happen after the close of the story.
"The July Ghost" by Byatt. A strange, depressing, clunky story of the futility surrounding grief - how both the mourner and her helper are trapped by it.
"Laura" by Saki. So brief. So mischievous. So worthy of the big, loud "Hah!" that escaped me.
"The Open Window" by Saki. Also brief, with an amusing twist. Teenagers are nasty things.
"The Specialist's Hat" by Link. Interesting and quirky, but unfortunately all too vague at the end. (Probably the same notion that's prevented me from picking up one of her novels.)
"Tiny Ghosts" by Giacalone. Amusingly odd instead of chilling, with an endearingly direct narrator.
"The Pink House" by Curtis. The storyteller wasn't engaging - especially on the heels of the easy, conversational style of Giacalone's writing. Plus, the twist could be seen from far, faaaaaar away.
"August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" by Bradbury. Very affecting. Quite possibly my favourite, and a wonderful closer....more