The topic is extremely important, that goes without saying, and the concept of the comic is very much appreciated. I just felt that the execution coulThe topic is extremely important, that goes without saying, and the concept of the comic is very much appreciated. I just felt that the execution could have been better. The art is wonderfully vibrant and colourful, but the story itself is much too rushed and feels superficial and crushed underneath the heavy message....more
Oh boy, this woman has a somewhat crazy imagination. It's like anything can emerge from her brain. There were a few weaker stories (mostly short snippOh boy, this woman has a somewhat crazy imagination. It's like anything can emerge from her brain. There were a few weaker stories (mostly short snippets and sci-fi), but the stronger ones were rich in language and absolutely beautiful story-wise. If you like fairy tales, I think the last one (White as Sin, Now) is especially going to be to your liking, since it combines a couple of them in quite a clever way.
Overall the topics were just what I'm interested in: vampires, werewolves, mythology etc. but with such twists I have never read before. Weird and sometimes confusing stories with a little bit of fairy tale magic on top. Unfortunately I couldn't give this a full five stars, because the weaker stories were really boring and quite pointless. One of them had mostly just some philosophical babbling that felt detached from the story itself.
Favourites: The Gorgon, Elle est trois (La Mort), Nicholas, Red as Blood and Bite Me Not or Fleur de Fur...more
I originally found this from the library because it includes Machen's The Great God Pan, which is on my to read -list. It's great though that I also gI originally found this from the library because it includes Machen's The Great God Pan, which is on my to read -list. It's great though that I also get to read other gothic tales, too. Perfect Christmas read in my opinion (alongside Dickens, of course). There's usually two words anyway that make me want to read the book immediately: Victorian and gothic. Not sure about late Victorian though.
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Ok, I somehow got confused with the term late Victorian. Of course I've read stuff related to this area of literary history (Dracula, Picture of Dorian Gray etc.) and have loved almost every single one of them. I just didn't realise that they can be classified as something so particular. This collection is brilliant, including well-known authors and authors who at least I have never heard about. Among the weakest stories was Dionea, it was excruciatingly boring and uninteresting. Among the best was Lot No. 249, The Dâk Bungalow at Dakor and Pallinghurst Barrow.
All those I liked were simple and traditional ghost stories with a creepy atmosphere. By outlining the basic themes of the Gothic revival, the introduction made me understand that the themes in particular are the reason why I love this branch of literature. Decadence, imperialism, Spiritualism, fascination with ancient Egypt, naturalizing the supernatural (Frankenstein), supernatural creatures (mummies, ghosts, vampires, monsters), emergence of new sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology), theory of degeneration (explaining the animalism of the criminal classes, female hysterics and the insane, and the new art forms like Impressionism, Symbolism and Naturalism), and the overall atmosphere of dark opium and absinthe-fumed brothels with lace curtains.
Now the only thing left for me to do, is to write down the select bibliography and all the authors that I'm interested in reading more from. That should grow my to read -list relatively well. Maybe too well......more
A simple little story on the surface with quite simple and one-dimensional characters, but I would recommend this to every single person on this planeA simple little story on the surface with quite simple and one-dimensional characters, but I would recommend this to every single person on this planet. I did shed a few tears, mainly from the knowledge that certain people can do these things to each other. Murder is murder, no matter how you to try to wrap it up in the fancy paper of war, or no matter how far in the sky the perpetrators were. No one should have to endure to be burnt alive, just because some big shot says so.
Morris's story shows that even though it's short, a lot of things can be read from between the lines. Not just about the atomic bomb, but also about cultural communication, traditions and family ties. Heck, I wish this book was an obligatory read in all schools!...more