Spoilers for GtN and HtN
CW for discussions of death, murder and toxic relationships
Gideon the Ninth article
Harrow the Ninth is the galaxy-shattering sequel to Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth. It follows Harrowhark Nonagesimus, who has just risen to the position of Harrowhark the First, eighth hand to serve the Emperor. She has just achieved Lyctorhood, but at a horrible cost.
One of the best things that this book manages to achieve is using all three kinds of perspective. First, second and third person are all used at some point over the course of the book. The other strong point that this book holds is the use of incredibly complex relationship dynamics.
Gideon the Ninth is Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel. It is a beautiful mix of fantasy, horror and science fiction, with sword lesbains, gothic castles and just… so many memes.
November will be a month of ecstasy for the book community, it seems. From promising debut titles to long-expected sequels, here’s a list of five book releases you can’t miss this month.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Book Review by Parisa Afkham
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving follows the story of a poor schoolmaster called Ichabod Crane as he tries to woo the Heiress Katrina Van Tassel to obtain some more money. However, he must beat his rival Brom Bones, to marry Katrina. This story takes place in the mysterious town of Sleepy Hollow where things aren’t always as they seem.
Frankenstein Book Review by Pei Fu
In this suspenseful, tormenting tale, Mary Shelley lays bare the limitations of humanity that must not be defied. Merging science-fiction and Gothic horror, Frankenstein pushes readers’ conception of nature and morality. The foreshadowing and dreadful inevitability present throughout make it a frightening demonstration of how glory and genius may in fact brink on devastation.
The Tell-Tale Heart Book Review by Elena Juarez
Imagine nails on a chalkboard. Imagine the sound of styrofoam rubbing together. Imagine the sound of someone chewing with their mouth open or the non-stop clicking of a pen. How far would you go to make it stop? This is what “The Tell-Tale Heart'' by Edgar Allen Poe explores.
Dracula Book Review by Asher Lee
Dracula is one of the most iconic, oldest monster and horror creature. It is most notable for its slow burn horror, written in letters from different perspectives. It is also experimental; back then the horror always ended when you escaped the 'haunted mansion'. In Dracula the horror follows you home
Since the existence of humans, there has been an interrelationship between humans and the environment. We consider ourselves the grandest, smartest, and most resourceful creatures that ever scaled this planet. We have utilized every resource this planet could provide to fulfill the needs of the ever-growing population using our intelligence, memory, imaginary ability, skills which only we, humans possess. We pride ourselves on dominating this planet. But what if there is something stronger than us, something beyond humanity, something beyond our imagination? We as humans are a minuscule part of this vast universe. Humans always have had the fear of the unknown. From this fear sprung the genre of ‘horror'.
I didn’t realize Victor Hugo was buried in the Panthéon when I walked by the magnificent building in Paris, which is strange for me because I’m absolutely obsessed with that city and have been trying to learn everything about it since I got back from my study abroad. His impact on literature is immeasurable and was often thought of as radical.
Major Spoilers for all of the Grishaverse, including, Crooked Kingdom, King of Scars, and Rule of Wolves. Seriously, if you haven’t read the books, read this article at your own risk, or unless you love spoilers.
I was pretty late to the party as far as the Grishaverse is concerned. I started reading at the end of April and have just recently finished Rule Of Wolves, Leigh Bardugo’s seventh installment in the Grishaverse as a whole, and the second book in the King of Scars duology. I was kind of worried going into this series, as some of my friends who’d read it before me reported massive amounts of emotional damage, but I couldn’t put it off any longer, and I really just wanted to know what happened.