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Haunting of Hill House ; Book Review

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After the huge success of the Netflix adaptation of this novel, it was inevitable that I had to read the book. Let’s get things straight, the show takes mere inspiration from the book and the two are completely different.  Bottom line, I prefer the show but this is about the novel.

Haunting of Hill House- the novel entails a sappy tale about a lonely thirty something female who has mommy issues and uses the horrors of Hill house as an escapade from her real problems. Now you can either choose to look at it that way or you can view the novel as a classic take on a haunted house.

It is obvious that the author never meant for the horrors of hill house such as the creepy shadows and the lingering touches of the dead to be the REAL horrors. No, you see, the actual horror is in the minds of the people inhabiting Hill house and the way they recklessly treat each other.

As the novel is written from Eleanor’s pov, she does quite a shallow job of painting the other characters. I mean, according to her they don’t have a past or warranted emotions aside from those that revolve around her. I would’ve preferred the novel to be from different points of views.

Don’t get me wrong, I had goose bumps multiple times reading the book but mostly it felt like i was waiting for something to happen but it never did. Even the ending felt a little anti-climatic.

I much prefer the depth that the show provides with its psychological traumas but if you’re looking for a classic haunted house read to give you a few chills- Hill House is the one folks.

Book reviews

Book Review | Frankenstein

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Genre: Classics-Horror

Page count: 273

Synopsis

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever

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Deemed one of the first science fiction novels ever Frankenstein delves into human nature, morale and the age old question of: Are people born evil or is it circumstance that makes them evil?

Writing

Simply written in the typical 19th century prose Frankenstein is narrated from various first person points of view, first through an explorer sending letters to his sister then through Victor Frankenstein and then through Frankenstein’s monster’s point of view which I found very interesting. The language is what intimidates people from getting into classics but I can vouch that this book is very easy to understand.

Plot

The plot of Frankenstein is not so much horrible as it is tragic. Set amongst some of the most beautiful places in Europe the story progresses as one event after another unfolds smoothly until you’re drowned in misery and you feel Frankenstein’s doom yourself.

Characters

The characters for me were the most intriguing part. The parallels between Frankenstein and the monster and how they’re often compared to Adam and Satan or good Vs evil really got me thinking because Frankenstein and the Monster are in such similar circumstances. People have literally written essays about those two so check them out if you’re into deep analyses of characters.

The Monster seems to invoke empathy in me for his need for affection and friendship was so strong. Humans tend to be quite prejudiced towards someone that is different and “ugly” and to me the Monster seems like a metaphor for how people are treated not very nicely just because they have a different skin colour or whatever,  just my opinion.

That was my take on Frankenstein which I’ve been meaning to read since Halloween last year. Definitely a worthwhile read!

Rating

4

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Author: Ransom Riggs12396528

Series: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2

Genre:Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, horror

Pages: 396

Summary

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

Hollow city was a brilliant sequel and has since become my favorite book in the series. The game was stepped UP and there was just so much more that this book had to offer.

  • For those who haven’t read this series (1) you’re missing out and (2) these books are accompanied with great vintage photographs. The pictures do such a great job of supporting the information in the novel , they are extremely unique and peculiar like everything in these novels. The photos in Hollow City were just as creepy however, I prefer the photos in the first book

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  • This book explores so many different worlds and eras. It was so adventurous I mean one moment you’re in a gypsy village and the next you’re in wartime London. The world building was done so brilliantly, it was easy to visualize and imagine yourself being there with all those children which is what made it so magical.

 

  • The plot is fast paced and action-packed, it was like reading one of those adventurous fairy tales. The chapters always ended in an interesting manner which made you want to keep reading on and on, seriously this book was so hard to put down. The writing was so engaging and descriptive, Ransom Riggs really does know how to suck the reader in.

 

  • Since the characters are living in the past the book explored this interesting idea of “the past cannot be changed”. There are countless times when the characters want to save someone’s life but since it is the past it is already written in that someone’s destiny to die. It was interesting to see the children come to terms with the idea of them not being able to alter the past.

 

  • Character development was such an amazing aspect of Hollow City. I love how this book explores the character’s pasts and their struggles. The children have seen so much in their lives that they’re mature beyond their years, they do have their insecurities but throughout the book they seemed to grow and it was so fantastically done.

Hollow City ended at a cliff-hanger of sorts because of the plot twist oh my god! I cannot wait to see how the series concludes in the third and final book.

Rating:

5

 

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