Disclaimer: reviewing eARC via NetGalley
I've read all of the stories in this volume in the past, but I found it far easier to appreciate them in this format. The language is preserved well, but breaking it up into multiple panels helped me slow down and appreciate the way it builds. In some cases, just the illustration helped clarify obscure language. Madness and murder benefit from eerie distortions and heavy use of screentone, building a visual background to the dark stories. The art stays on the clean and appealing side of commercial manga, though, not tipping too far into the horrific, so this could be a good way to introduce kids, as well as older readers ,to the work of Poe.
Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes
Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.
(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
Summary: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of the Plague ), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation."
I loved this so much. I didn't expect it, actually. I mean, I always love these Manga Classics but I never thought I would actually be interested in these Edgar Allan Poe stories, I don't know why, cause I love getting to know these classics.
They were so amazing. Seriously. I loved The Tell Tale Heart, didn't care much about The Cask of Amontillado, loved The Fall of the House of Usher. The Mask of the red Death, was okay, I liked it, didn't love it. The Raven. THE RAVEN. Loved this one so so SO much. My favorite out of all these stories.
Also, can I once again say how insanely gorgeous the art in these Mangas are. Bloody hell.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
by Edgar Allan Poe
C. Auguste Dupin, #1 (short story)
**I read this short story as part of a collection, The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, that I picked up at a library sale months ago. I'm kind of glad that I remembered I had it, because I couldn't quite figure out what to read for the 'Genre: Horror' square--although, I'm not entirely sure The Murders in the Rue Morgue seems very horror-like, even though it is tagged as such on Goodreads.
I might read another couple Poe short stories from this volume to make up for it if this particular one doesn't really ring as horror.
As for the story...
I'm going to be honest, I totally didn't see that one coming.
I have to admit, this is my first actual reading of a story by Poe, though I have read some of his poems. Being that poems aren't really my thing, I'm ashamed to say that I never truly comprehended his work and kind of wrote him off as over-hyped, classical, high school required reading.
Truthfully, I found The Murders of the Rue Morgue extremely engaging. The beginning was a bit slow to build up, but once Dupin began his deductions and analysis of the murders, I couldn't stop reading. It was easy to follow where his deductions were heading, and when it "dinged" in my head, at the same time as it did for the unnamed narrator, I was, at first a bit taken aback... and then I didn't know what to think.
To be honest, the conclusion that Dupin comes to, as well as the final reveal, kind of requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. It was a little over the top.
This short detective story was quite the experience and a nice read for Halloween Bingo. I'd admit though, even though this book is tagged as horror, I don't know if it really feels like horror--though the murders were pretty gruesome. There was quite a bit of detail and I might of made a face at the description of Madame L'Espanaye's... mutilated body.
On a side note, Dupin kind of reminds me of Sherlock Holmes (what little I've read of the famous detective), both in demeanor and arrogance.
|Halloween Bingo 2017|
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