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2019/11/18

BOOK REVIEW:
MELMOTH BY SARAH PERRY

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Title: Melmoth
Author: Sarah Perry
Published: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Set in Prague, an Englishwoman living there comes across the legend of Melmoth the Witness and she starts getting the sense that she's being followed... and then suddenly, one of her friends disappears.


Review:
You may know that this author wrote The Essex Serpent which I read a few years ago and adored. I had high hopes for this book because of that, but I was sadly a little disappointed with this.

The writing in this is undeniably gorgeous and creates a really bleak, eerie and amazing atmosphere. The setting of Prague is brought to life and you get a good sense of the history of the city. The whole story has a wonderfully gothic feel to it. I liked reading about the characters in here, but now that I've finished the book, they do feel a very forgettable.

My biggest problem with this book was that I honestly found it to be... boring. There were definitely parts that really had me hooked but then a lot of the stuff in between those bits felt tedious and uninteresting. I love the idea of Melmoth and her constantly watching and she's the one who I feel is supposed to hold all of the threads of this story together and she doesn't quite make it.

So I can't say I'm not a little let down by this. I just wasn't that into it.
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2019/11/16

BOOK REVIEW:
THE TELL-TALE HEART BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

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Title: The Tell-Tale Heart
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Published: 1843
Language: English
Pages: 48
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This little volume contains three famous stories by Poe; The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amantillado.


Review:
This was actually a reread for me, as I have read these stories before, just not in this edition.

I really enjoy the stories and poetry of Poe and so I rereading the stories in here was very enjoyable. I really like the writing, the atmosphere and just overall find stories like these really compelling. These stories manage to be incredibly dramatic in such a short space, which I really like when I'm in the mood for it.

I don't have much more to say really! It was short, spooky and entertaining. Perfect to read on a cold, windy night.
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