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message 1: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
everyone is welcome to join. read, discuss, have fun!


message 3: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments I read the story today over lunch. Not a bad one; pure Blackwood. I’ll post something a little more substantive in the next day or two.


message 4: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
I started it last night. It reminds me a lot of the glamour of the snow. The lil footnotes are great but kinda distracting too. I'll share some of them in a bit. I'm baking cupcakes right now.


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Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said (in part):

The lil footnotes are great but kinda distracting too. I'll share some of them in a bit.

I was particularly wondering about (view spoiler).


message 6: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Canavan wrote: "Latasha said (in part):


The lil footnotes are great but kinda distracting too. I'll share some of them in a bit.


I was particularly wondering about [spoilers removed]."


there was a not for that. the author said he could not find the name anywhere else ever, that he thought it was suppose to mimic the sound of the wind blowing through trees.


message 7: by Canavan (last edited Jun 09, 2017 09:04PM) (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said:

there was a not for that. the author said he could not find the name anywhere else ever, that he thought it was suppose to mimic the sound of the wind blowing through trees.

Hmmm. I dunno know about you, but that footnote strikes me as a bit too speculative. It seems more reasonable to think that the name just popped into Blackwood’s head. To be honest, when I was poking around (unsuccessfully) on the web, I thought I might find the name associated in some fashion or other with Greek or pagan mythology; more specifically (view spoiler)

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message 8: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Omg honey, you have no idea! They, the footnotes, are kinda distracting. I agree that it's probably a random choice.


message 9: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
ok, I finished the story. my book is edited by M. Grant Kellermeyer, M.A.
ok. I think the reason he may have thought that about Issidy's name is this line,
"Such dancing, too, he had never dreamed about, for it was like swinging with the tree tops in the wind."

if I didn't know how the story ended, when she first appears I would've thought she was the embodied of nature and all the things he could no longer do. a temptation, maybe. well! the editor spoils the story in the intro note so I knew what she was there to do. I agree with you that she is like a ferryman. she was there just to escort him to the afterlife.
I liked this story but not as much as some of his other ones I've read.
do you want to read others? you can pick if you want to and if not, thanks for reading this one with me.


message 10: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said (in part):

I liked this story but not as much as some of his other ones I've read.
do you want to read others? you can pick if you want to and if not, thanks for reading this one with me.


How about “The Listener”? Is that story in your collection?


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
It sure is.


message 12: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
I began reading, I'm trying to go back to sleep.
Oct. 10- I think our narrator is seeing the cost of cheaper rent. I've had nights where the wing has kept me awake, whistling around my house. And just a bad day. I wonder if the eggs are really bad or something is tricking him?


message 13: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Oct 12- that just breaks my heart. I have 2 sisters and I could not imagine life without them. (view spoiler)
Oct 14- (view spoiler)


message 14: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt | 761 comments Canavan wrote: " I thought I might find the name associated in some fashion or other with Greek or pagan mythology; more specifically "

Thought I might stick my nose in if you two don't mind. I was thinking the same thing per your spoiler but, like you, couldn't find any references close to that name. Then I thought it might be (view spoiler)


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Canavan | 554 comments Ctgt said (in part):

Was the mystery man dancing with her at first (view spoiler)

Good point. I forgot about that. Yes, I think that’s what Blackwood wants us to think. (view spoiler)


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
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This is an illustration for the listener


message 17: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Canavan wrote: "Ctgt said (in part):


Was the mystery man dancing with her at first [spoilers removed]


Good point. I forgot about that. Yes, I think that’s what Blackwood wants us to think. [sp..."


there is a superstition that seeing your doppelganger is an omen of death. I've known this my whole life. not sure if Blackwood would've known about it or if it was even a thing back then. your welcome to join us on any of these Ctgt.


message 18: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
I'm really liking the listener so far. I've read up to nov. 3
(view spoiler)


message 19: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Nov 10- ohhhhh! All that's so scary!


message 20: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said (in part):

there is a superstition that (view spoiler) I've known this my whole life. not sure if Blackwood would've known about it or if it was even a thing back then

I did think about this trope when reflecting about (view spoiler)


message 21: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Nov 17 (view spoiler)


message 22: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
I finished The Listener and liked it very, very much!


message 23: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said:

I finished The Listener and liked it very, very much!

I’ll try and catch up tomorrow.


message 24: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Apologies, Latasha, for failing to get to “The Listener” sooner. I finally worked through it yesterday and today. Here are a few thoughts I jotted down...

It’s a good story, probably one of the better ones from the early part of Blackwood’s writing career. (view spoiler)

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I was thinking about re-reading “The Wendigo” this week. If I do, I’ll post something something about it here.


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Canavan | 554 comments Latasha said:

This is an illustration for the listener

I see the illustrator for your edition, M. Grant Kellermeyer, has done the artwork for a number of similar collections from Oldstyle Tales Press. I really like the style.


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Canavan wrote: "Apologies, Latasha, for failing to get to “The Listener” sooner. I finally worked through it yesterday and today. Here are a few thoughts I jotted down...

It’s a good story, probably one of the be..."


wow! I didn't know that about Blackwood. Very interesting.


message 27: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Canavan wrote: "Latasha said:


This is an illustration for the listener


I see the illustrator for your edition, M. Grant Kellermeyer, has done the artwork for a number of similar collections..."


yeah they are creepy & beautiful.


message 28: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Just a few quick thoughts about Algernon Blackwood’s well-known story, “The Wendigo”. I doubt there is anything original in what follows. This story shares a number of thematic similarities with “The Willows”. We have the notion of a vast wilderness that is at once hauntingly beautiful, yet at the same time inscrutably alien and quite capable of being inimical to man. (view spoiler)

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message 29: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
I can't read your spoiler yet.


message 30: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha wrote:

I can't read your spoiler yet.

Yeah, that’s just one reason why I usually don’t bother with the Goodreads app. There’s obviously no rush, of course. I read the story nearly a week ago, but have only today gotten around to posting something about it.

Even though my hidden/spoiler comments highlight what I regard as negative aspects of the story, I would emphasize that it really is a classic. I suspect that especially in recent decades it’s been overshadowed by “The Willows”.


message 31: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
..... was I suppose to read the wendigo with u?


message 32: by Canavan (new)

Canavan | 554 comments Latasha asked:

..... was I suppose to read the wendigo with u?

Oh, no. I’m sorry if I gave you that impression. The fact the “The Wendigo” was included in your book (the one edited by M. Grant Kellermeyer) simply reminded me that it had been a number years since I last read it. I think I posted earlier that I might re-read it and post briefly about it here (since the thread already covered a couple of Blackwood’s other stories).


message 33: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Ok. I thought I had forgot. I like the wendigo very much.


message 34: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt | 761 comments Have not read Wendigo, I'll give it a try.


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