Movies

Wait what about the Movie?

Dracula

Dracula

By: Bram Stoker

Aside from over romanticized modern vampire stories my knowledge of Dracula is mostly based on the 1992 movie. Gary Oldman played Dracula. Winona and Keanu might have gotten married. Watch the movie. It’s great.

I was still a little nervous about finally picking up the novel.

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Books

Mini-Review Wrap-Up: Halloween Reads Edition

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Fake Blood

By: Whitney Gardner

Grade: A

I thought I’d do quick mini-reviews of the rest of my “Halloween” reading as I throw myself into non-fiction/sci-fi November because there were some interesting reads. See Fake Blood. Which is completely my kind of relationship drama.

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Books

The City of Mirrors

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The City of Mirrors

Author: Justin Cronin

Grade: A

The City of Mirrors is the last book of Cronin’s Passage Trilogy and despite having a couple of things that usually drive me nuts I thought it was a fitting end to the series and I really enjoyed the story. Both this book and as a whole.

(Some possible spoilers for the first books…)

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Books

Soulless Review

I picked up Soulless by Gail Carriger mainly because I had never before tried anything ‘steampunk’ and I wanted something different from the usual.

The main character is Alexia- a young woman whose smart, witty and can handle any situation she finds herself in. (She also has no soul.) This all works for her as she lives in a world where vampires and werewolves are out in the open and mix with society. In fact she often tangles with vampires, werewolves and at one point verbally with Queen Victoria. It’s a quick easy to read book with a good mystery that begins when Alexia is attacked by a young vampire who obviously doesn’t know anything about the social etiquette of the day.

I really enjoyed the characters and the universe. It alternates between light and fun and sometimes downright creepy. (The wax faced man creeps me out even now.) Sure it gets a little repetitive and Alexia gets herself into a lot of the more dire situations by not listening but otherwise I liked her as a heroine. My only problem was I expected something more out there and imaginative but all I could really think was she’s basically Buffy with a little bit of Pride and Prejudice thrown into the mix.

Still I enjoyed it. I’d recommend it and I will probably continue with the Parasol Protectorate series as well as other work from Miss Carriger.