Happy Friday! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Isabelle Holland, The Marchington Inheritance.
Remember that care package my roommate sent me over the summer? I’ve been eking it out, book by book. This one felt bizarrely topical, since it was set in New York and involved a UN meeting.
— John Harwood, The Seance.
I scared myself silly last year with The Ghost Writer, Harwood’s debut novel. While both do an excellent job of channeling the creepier side of Victorian storytelling, I was impressed by how different the two books were. I definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys classic ghost stories.
— Georgette Heyer, Sylvester.
This book is really about the growth and development of the hero. Heyer takes a man who has the external hero qualities (title, consequence, etc.), shows his flaws, and forces him, painfully, to realize his shortcomings and grow up. With, of course, all of the usual madcap humor.
— Liza Picard, Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840–1870.
A lively whirl through the various facets of daily life in mid-nineteenth century London.
— E.F. Benson, The Collected Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson.
Classic British ghost stories– after all, we are heading towards Halloween.
What have you been reading?