Friday, 7 December 2018

CARMILLA by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

CarmillaCarmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had this book on my Paperwhite TBR shelf for AGES. And because I was in the mood to read a shorter book, but definitely one on the creepy side, I thought of Carmilla. The vampire tale that came before Dracula.

The story is told by Laura, a lonely young woman who lives with her father and a bunch of servants. When her friend can't come and stay with her, it just so happens that an accident introduces a mysterious and beautiful woman into their home.

Carmilla is left in their care, and as soon as she arrives people in town start falling ill. Laura starts having strange dreams that Carmilla claims to be experiencing too. But all is not as it seems, and it doesn't take long for the truth to reveal itself...

Well, that was an excellent read! I quite enjoyed this book and was hooked from the beginning. The narrator tells her story, but included within what she shares are tales and the experiences of others.

There were so many ways this could have failed, but it didn't. And as much as the writing and descriptions bordered on too much in some places, everything totally worked. I got so caught up in Laura's story that I didn't want to put it down.

Not to mention that I got carried away by the spooky air of mystery, as well as the vivid description of the gothic location. There's a LOT to like about this book, and the vampire lore is another thing I enjoyed. Carmilla is beautiful and cunning, looks so innocent but is clearly keeping secrets. And doesn't really hide the fact that she is.

Oh, and the attraction/passion between Laura and Carmilla was so obvious. There was no denying that these two wanted to be together, even if Laura was often confused by her need. I loved the natural way Carmilla's sexual preference was presented. No one freaked out. No one judged. They just accepted this was happening and ultimately, the only reason Carmilla is suspected of anything is because she might be a bloodsucker.

I don't know why it took me so long to read this very excellent book, but I'm glad I finally did.

LOVE vampires. Always will. And this satisfied my vampiric craving. For now.

Monday, 3 December 2018

We've hit the last month of the year...

How are you?

I can't believe it's the start of another month. Or that the new month happens to be DECEMBER. OMGosh. 

Anyway, since I finished my NaNoWriMo story a few weeks ago, I've been busy doing a bunch of other stuff so I didn't bother posting anything. I was taking a mental break.

Asides from suffering through the After First Draft Is Done Blues, I threw myself into reading. And unfortunately, found myself in DNF Hell. I DNFd FIVE books! I hate DNFing books, but if I can't get into a story, I refuse to force myself to keep reading. There are just TOO MANY BOOKS.

I also got stuck into my Revision List. So that's done. For now. And I did eventually find some cool reading material: Stephanie Plum #25. I also squeezed in a few more Sabrina comic book issues. 

But that was the week before. Last week was different. I had plenty of energy, so I got stuck into some serious spring cleaning. Actually, my daughter inspired me. After finishing her HSC, she spent several weeks getting rid of her school stuff. Then embarked on a total sweep through her entire room. 

I started with my stationery trunk. I got serious and cleared out a LOT of stuff. Even then, I still have heaps of notebooks & stuff, but got rid of so much. Then I moved onto my bookshelves, and have been clearing toys and reorganising my books. I even sorted through my winter clothes. There's SO much to go through. And although I've done quite a bit, I'm still not done. 

Being a collector of many things means that bookshelves & room space is forever a WIP. 😳 But that's cool, I'll keep going until I'm done. 

One of the best things about all of this decluttering is how much we've donated to our local thrift store. In the last week we've walked there and dropped bags full of stuff five times! It's tiring, but I like the thought of someone else enjoying what we don't have space/use for anymore. Recycling is much better than throwing away. 

I also wrote the first draft of a short story I've had bouncing around inside my head for a few years. It was inspired by the empty playground nearby on a rainy day, and every time it rains, the idea resurfaces. And this time, I wrote it. On my phone. 

Total word count: 2,570

I'm very happy with how it turned out and look forward to revising it. I actually want to sub it to an anthology, too. So that's one of my projects for December. To have it finalised & subbed before X-Mas break. 

We also watched the entire season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, and it was such a delight. I'm a big fan of the original She-Ra show and used to watch it when I was a kid, so I was curious about this one. I REALLY love what they did with it. They took the original idea and turned it into something fantastic. The story was amazing. The characters were interesting. And it looks beautiful. Yeah, loved everything about this show. 😍 

Well, that's about all. I've got a new to-do list ready to go, and hope to get stuck into that.

Hope you have a great week!

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