The season of snowfall, gifts, and Santa Claus - The Christmas season is almost here. And if you are someone, who like me, prefers to stay in their rooms on Christmas Eve, with warm blankets and hot chocolate while reading Christmas stories, then I got you covered!
The following are some short story recommendations that will help you get through the Christmas Eve.
During the wintertime, I like to shut myself in my room and read some of my favorite books. I often come back to Blankets, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson.
Surprisingly, for a lover of horror, it’s not often that you’ll find me reading a book about vampires. This may be in part due to the saturation of them in the media, or my preference of werewolves (#teamjacob) but this only makes it more intriguing for me to find well written pieces of vampire fiction. That’s why I was lucky to come across the Forget Me Not book tour and engross myself in its first chapter.
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