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Oct 09, 2012 05:34PM

40760 Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick. A little too much war and bloodshed for me, but so well written. I recommend it if you like historicals with a bit of mysticalness.
Sep 24, 2012 10:07AM

40760 The seed was a book about Erzsebet Bathory that described the weirdness of the world she lived in. As a Shakespeare and Monteverdi fanatic, I was intrigued about exploring the period in a part of the world that was entirely hidden to me during the Cold War. I had Hungarian flat mate when i lived in London and loved the language. I could go on. I would LOVE to go to Budapest.

Its a fantasy, very Gothic, very dark. I have found that some of my 'imaginings' had some real things in them. But it will not be historically accurate.
Sep 23, 2012 06:48PM

40760 Oh my God! I'll have to read this! I have a Gothic Fantasy novel coming out ,THE ROSES OF THE MOON, set in Royal Hungary in the crux of the 16th and 17th centuries. I will definitely read this one!
Jun 23, 2012 08:37PM

40760 What's The Lantern about?
Jun 16, 2012 04:12PM

40760 Nicolle wrote: "Bev wrote: "Alyne wrote: "I don't know how old you guys are, but I came of age during the most hellish phase of the 'feminist" movement (Which is not really about womens rights - we still don't get..."

Its long past. Your generation has no idea what is was like to have your life torn apart and all of it. I'm glad you're enjoying your life, but it was nowhere near the same in the 1970s. I suppose you had to be there and be be in certain places and cultures to understand what I mean.
Jun 01, 2012 11:32PM

40760 Iove that one!
May 31, 2012 11:00PM

40760 I'm reading Pandora by Anne Rice. Just started. Enjoying it and it also provides history I need for a couple for my own projects.
I was reading Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Cathrynne Valente. I like her writing but I keep picking this one up and the putting it down. It doesn't hold me, but I like having it. Its very long but so was Dr Strange and Mr Norrell and I couldn't put that down.
May 26, 2012 06:23PM

40760 That's cool. I was just going by the comments on here. I'm glad the book isn't dated. :)
May 26, 2012 03:30PM

40760 Margaret Atwood comes out of the 1960s. Her books are very much of an era. Young women in the 80s were very much into her books and they were easy to understand back then.
It just shows how drastically our society has changed especially in the last 12-15 years.

The book of hers I really loved was Alias Grace about an Englishwoman accused of murder. Based on a true story.The prose is very clean and the story intriguing.
May 26, 2012 09:05AM

40760 I don't know how old you guys are, but I came of age during the most hellish phase of the 'feminist" movement (Which is not really about womens rights - we still don't get the same pay for the same jobs for example.) There was also the rise of religious fundamentalism in the 1980s when Atwood wrote the book. This was a highly inflammatory time as it pitted Christians against each other and the other religions. The thing that stood out to me - and still does after not reading this book for ages - was that the President had denounced the Constitution and Bill of Rights allowing a sect of religious fundamentalist in the government to take over. THAT is the issue that makes all the rest make sense - the destruction of our freedoms and liberties - like we have had going on for the last 20 years by the way.
I suppose the book is dated if younger generations don't understand it.
I do think Atwood is a feminist but that she also explores and critiques it. For instance - equality evolved to just making women agree to be fodder for the sex industry.
May 24, 2012 10:48PM

40760 Lauren wrote: "I am re-reading this book for the umpteenth time and every time I find new details intriguing.

Here is a quote that made me pause:
"Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may..."

I read this book so long ago I don't remember much except that I liked it. This thing about "ordinariness".
Atwood is very intellectual. She is talking about a social engineering process called pushing the Overton Window. Its when the powers-that0-be take something shocking and make in fashionable - as the idea of women working was back in the 1960s and 70s. They keep talking it up in the media until, what was once unthinkable becomes acceptable and then they push it again. I get the feeling Atwood knows all about that stuff.
40760 Back to the main question. The beauty of stories written for young people is that authors can take imaginative flights that adult books don't often do. I think it started with Grimm's fairy tales. They were not intended for children, but the German publishers marketed them that way and ever since those kind of stories are considered child stories. Adults have to be 'realistic' whatever that is.
May 13, 2012 11:30AM

40760 One of my favorites. I've read it a few times. It has beauty, mystery and borders on Gothic fantasy. Did you know Du Maurier rite The Birds?
40760 This is very interesting. I'm speaking as a writer. I have found over the years that you can strip down language and still find the most descriptive words to create the images in the readers mind. It was a surprise discovery for me. I love to write description, but having to keep words to a minimum for short stories taught me this. Having a YA series in the editing stage, I appreciate these remarks
40760 Discover a wonderful zine!
If you like fairy tale re-tellings I just had a Red Riding Hood. werewolf story published on Burial Day Books. Its very short and very strange...
Its called THIRTEEN. Just scroll down a bit for the start.
May 10, 2012 10:04PM

40760 Tara wrote: "Most of the books are better than the movies, so I would answer mainly every movie was short of the book.

Tara Hamdi"

I totally agree with that. It like so many people gt angry that Queen of the Damned was terrible because it wasn't like the book. But have you read that book? Its totally unfilmable! Except for that girl in female lead - (not Alliyah - she was good) I thought it was pretty well done.
May 04, 2012 09:52PM

40760 I've seen films that i think are better than the books, but its only my opinion. Like Ninth Gate, one of my faves, is based on a great book, El Club Dumas. It had 2 plots but Polanski narrowed it down one and it works really well, Plus the music!!!!!! Best film music ever.
May 04, 2012 09:50PM

40760 Erin wrote: "Jacqueline wrote: "The book that disappointed me the most was time traveler's wife. good but kinda boring."

I agree with you! I found it a little tiresome to watch... =P"

I found the book tiresome and didn't finish it, so I'm not surprised. It had a great title though.
May 03, 2012 10:34PM

40760 Most disappointing and I don't know why - The Golden Compass - In UK called Northern Lights.
They stayed very faithful to the book, but the film just didn't work. Perhaps it was too faithful. One friend thought it lacked suspense. The is a tour de force of imagination. Perhaps the reader's imagination is better in some cases.
May 03, 2012 10:29PM

40760 Hi
The post a new comment on the authors page doesn't work - for me anyway. Seems the page won't load. Perhaps you can put this on there?
I have an urban fantasy short story to giveaway on Smashwords (also formats for Kindle)
Urban 1980s Goth scene "Portrait of a Vampire" - Use Coupon Code: MD47V for FREE!
Will love reviews!

Also I have a Novella - The Lady in Yellow - Victorian Gothic with werewolves at Smashwords at Name Your Own Price - which can be FREE.
I hope people love these stories.
Thanks for the chance to share,
Alyne de Winter

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