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text 2018-09-17 20:18
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 182 pages.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

I read on wiki that this book is one of the plots parodied in Scary Movie 2, which helps geat an idea for the basic plot. Looking forward to the story!

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text 2018-09-17 02:21
Home for the Haunting- 5%
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell

”By gosh, if I’m going to sink into the quicksand of do-good volunteerism, I’m taking my friends and family down with me”

 

said everyone who has done charity work, ever. 

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review 2018-09-16 07:26
The Haunting of Hill House (audiobook) by Shirley Jackson, performed by David Warner
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,David Warner

I'll be brief, since I only just read and reviewed a paper copy of this back in June.

David Warner's narration was good, although I occasionally wished that a female narrator had been chosen instead, since he didn't always fit Eleanor and Theodora very well. From the look of things, both Audible and Kobo only have the version of this book narrated by Bernadette Dunn, which might potentially have worked better for me for that reason.

This is definitely one of those books that invites rereading. This time around, I knew what was going to happen and could therefore approach the story's events in a different way. Although I enjoyed that aspect and ended up with a new favorite interpretation of what happened, I was still frustrated with the way The Haunting of Hill House promised more of a ghost story than it actually delivered. It had some great creepy moments, and I just wanted more. Instead, I got several characters who became increasingly difficult to tolerate, and that ending.

I appreciated the ending more this time around than I did the first. In fact, taking my new interpretation of the story into account*, it was a perfectly logical and fitting ending. But I really wanted more creepy haunted house stuff, and ghosts.


 * That Hill House

wasn't actually haunted, but that its unsettling architecture had a tendency to affect its occupants' emotional states. And also, that Eleanor was telekinetic and Theodora was telepathic, but neither one of them had conscious control over their abilities or knew that they were using them.

(spoiler show)

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-09-14 21:37
Reading progress update: I've listened 366 out of 366 minutes.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,David Warner

Finished!

 

This second time through the story gave me a different perspective of it, but I don't think it's going to change my overall rating of 3 stars. It has some excellent moments, but it isn't the kind of ghost story I wanted it to be. In fact, this time around I came to the conclusion that

it isn't a ghost story at all, but rather a story about a very mentally unwell woman who was tipped over the edge by an active imagination, a house with architecture that played on the darkest aspects of that imagination, and people who didn't understand how truly unwell she was and, in any case, didn't have enough of an emotional connection to her to care. Dr. Montague's insistence that Eleanor had to leave Hill House alone was all the more terrible because of this interpretation I'd come to (and because I knew, this time around, what was coming next).

(spoiler show)

Remaining squares on my Halloween Bingo card that this would work for:

 

Gothic: I think this counts? It's one of the top tags for it in Goodreads.

 

Terror in a Small Town: Technically it's terror just outside a small town. I know this takes place almost entirely in Hill House, but there's a certain creepy aspect to the nearby town as well.

 

Supernatural: It depends on what you think was going on at Hill House.

 

Ghost Stories: I have my opinion on this, but most of the characters believed that Hill House was haunted, so it fits.

 

Genre: Horror

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text 2018-09-14 20:14
Reading progress update: I've listened 330 out of 366 minutes.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,David Warner

The fact that the planchette didn't work in the library seems to support my theory about Hill House, Eleanor, and Theodora, especially considering what Eleanor was thinking just a few minutes ago, during her daydreaming.

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