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review 2017-01-04 23:38
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem

Wow. What a way to start off the year. This was an excellent book.

I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling anything, but this book while not outright scary was certainly plenty unsettling. We are set down in the middle of the lives of Merricat Blackwood, her agoraphobic sister, Constance, and their ailing Uncle Julian. The three are pretty much the village pariahs and have been since the remaining members of their immediate family died due to arsenic poisoning. Since then, Merricat only makes trips into town out of necessity (and has to face the taunts and jeers of the villagers who feel that Constance got away with murder), Constance (who was charged, but acquitted of the poisonings) won't venture further than her beloved garden, and Julian (a survivor of the poisoning), now weak in body and mind obsessively makes notes about the fateful night for a book he's writing.

The delicately balanced life the three have shared for the past six years is upset by the arrival of a cousin, Charles Blackwood.

The author does a fantastic job of setting the mood, you never quite feel comfortable while reading as a general sense of unease begins to gradually amp up to the book's climax.

I won't really say more than that for fear of spoiling, and this is definitely a book best read when one knows as little about the plot as possible.

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text 2017-01-04 00:09
Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 160 pages.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem
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text 2017-01-03 06:18
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 160 pages.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem
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text 2017-01-02 23:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 160 pages.
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text 2016-11-06 13:07
October Wrap-Up & November TBR
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Jonathan Lethem
The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey
Faint of Heart - Jeff Strand
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett
Interim Errantry: Three Tales of the Young Wizards - Diane Duane
Death Note: Black Edition, Volume 1 - Taskeshi Obata,Tsugumi Ohba
The Cater Street Hangman - Anne Perry

Books Read: 9

 

5 Stars: 2

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

 

4 Stars: 3

The Monstrumologist

Faint of Heart

Reaper Man

 

3 Stars: 3

Interim Errantry

Death Note: Black Edition: Volume 1

The Cater Street Hangman

 

2 Stars: 0

 

Books I regret spending money on: 0

 

Reviews Written: 10

 

Reviews I need to write: 4

Interim Errantry

The House of the Seven Gables

Bourne Ultimatum

American Gods

 

November TBR

With only two months left until this year's reading challenge comes to a close, I've selected ten books that I want to finish before the New Year. If I read more than these ten, that's fine, but I do want to finish these books: NeuroTribes, A Storm of Swords , A Feast for Crows, A Dance With Dragons, Anansi Boys, Equal Rites, Moving Pictures, Small Gods, and Mort. I'm in the process of finishing up Neverwhere and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Macabre Tales from the Halloween Bingo, but once they are completed, I'm jumping right in to A Storm of Swords.

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