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text 2017-07-21 11:51
21st July 2017
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

I barely knew I had skin before I met you. 

 

Sarah Waters

 

Happy birthday, Sarah Waters! As part of her research for her PhD thesis, the Welsh writer read 19th-century pornography. The unusual reading gave her the title for her debut novel, Tipping the Velvet.

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review 2017-03-09 01:36
Tipping the Velvet (Audiobook)
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

This was well-written and well-narrated by Juanita McMahon, just like Fingersmith was, but it didn't quite grab me the way Fingersmith did. Nancy King and her plights and travails through London on her quest to find herself, love and acceptance are all just a little too over the top for me. And talk about your coinkydinks! The last chapter especially was loaded with them. Maybe Waters was doing a final curtain call thing, but it was a bit too much, ya know?

 

I do like Nan's tenacity to keep going and never get knocked down no matter what life threw at her, and it was an interesting journey through London in the late 1800s, when things were still very dangerous for LGBT people. I didn't always understand why Nan made some of the decisions she made. They at times felt kind of generic, like she needed to make x decision so the story could go to y plot line, and the story just kind of meandered at points. 

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text 2016-11-24 06:24
A FREE Slice of Thanksgiving Meat!

Today, I'm thankful for all readers of horror, strange stories, and other nasty, nasty stuff.

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review 2016-07-31 21:46
So, so creepy!
Tipping: A Short Story - Gregor Xane

Man, this whole story was so fucking creepy.  

 

I can't even with how much this creeped me out.  It's taken me *mumble, mumble, can't remember, too long, mumble, mumble* to read this because every time I picked it up, I had to read it in short chunks and then stop before I started getting creeped out again. 

 

I'm not even gonna try to review without spoiling because I'm not sure I can tell you how creepy and effective this is without spoiling it. 

 

I need another shower now, though, that's how thoroughly creeped out I am.  And I couldn't say that to anyone but a horror writer and mean it as a compliment.

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review 2016-02-25 21:59
Review: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

Goodreads summary:

This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler.

When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue", Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education - a sort of Moll Flanders in drag - finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places.

 

My opinion:

I really, really liked this book. It is a different one than what I've read before, and so good. This is a historical fiction with a lesbian main character and she also stands up for social issues. I also really liked the theatrical aspects of this book. Those two things made me really like this book. I can't give it 5 stars though, because there were some minor things that bothered me (Nancy) and it was something very slowly. That is was a slow read was also because I really wanted to remember the story and I didn't want it to end (same thing happened with Great Expectations and Burmese Days) and the writing style made it a slow, but beautiful read as well.. It was also sometimes a little bit over dramatic, but that made it also realistic in a way.

At last I want to to be aware that there might be lesbian sexscenes and language, so if you're underaged or don't want to read about that, then don't read it. However, I liked those parts as well and that made the story also very realistic.

 

This was the first book of Sarah Waters that I've read (this is also the first novel she has written) and I really want to read all of her works now.

 

Have you read Tipping The Velvet? What is your favorite Sarah Water's novel?

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