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Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu does bone-chilling creepiness exceedingly well. This book made the hairs on my neck stand up at least twice; not the easiest thing to accomplish with fiction. The story contains several villains, with varying degrees of overt nastiness and subtlety. That being said, I found myself repeatedly grinding my teeth at or wanting to shake the heroine into using her brain at least once in a while. Admittedly, I am relatively unversed in the gothic horror sub-genre having only previously read the Bronte sisters, but I do not recall their heroines being quite so limp and hysterical. This definitely hurt my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent book. Uncle Silas is yet another book that makes me wish I had the option to give 3.5 stars. As it is, being unable to accurately give it 4, I have to downgrade it to 3.
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Reading Progress

July 25, 2011 – Shelved
August 6, 2011 – Started Reading
August 6, 2011 –
page 39
8.18%
August 12, 2011 –
page 74
15.51%
August 19, 2011 –
page 169
35.43%
August 27, 2011 –
page 193
40.46%
August 28, 2011 –
page 219
45.91%
September 7, 2011 –
page 272
57.02% "The more I read of this, the more delightfully creepy it becomes."
September 11, 2011 –
page 324
67.92%
September 19, 2011 –
page 379
79.45%
September 25, 2011 –
page 436
91.4% "It's so tempting to finish this, rather than stick with my group's schedule!"
October 2, 2011 –
page 481
100% "such a creepy book"
October 2, 2011 –
page 481
100% "such a creepy book"
October 4, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: challenge-1010-by-2020
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: nook

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