Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier #DDMreadingweek

This is the first of my (hopefully) two reads for Daphne du Maurier reading week between 10 and 16 May 2021, hosted by Ali at Heavenali (details here and here). A story of suspicion, jealousy, love, infatuation and murder, set in du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall. My Cousin Rachel (1952) is narrated in the voice of…

Book Review: Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt #SpookyReads

This is the first of Victoria Holt’s gothic romances, and my first time reading one of her books though I have read and enjoyed historical fiction written under her other pseudonym, Jean Plaidy, before. This was also one of my first seasonal reads this October, since it was described as having a gothic/spooky tone to…

Book Review: The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick

My thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for a review copy of this one. This is a very strange little book. I put in a request for it because essentially of the themes that the description said it dealt with, of Mary Shelley, and Frankenstein; of the thought processes that go into imagination, into…

Frankenstein and the Meanings of “Monster”

Last year, I took this course on ‘Fantasy and Science Fiction’ on Coursera. And one of the books we discussed was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—a book that I’d read before and which turned out to be very different from what I’d expected. One of the things discussed (in the course) was the meaning of the word…