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REVIEW: COMPLETE POEMS BY EDGAR ALLAN POE


COMPLETE POEMS
EDGAR ALLAN POE
GENRE: POETRY

SYNOPSIS

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is internationally renowned as a pioneering master of the macabre. He is regarded as one of the world's great short story writers as well as a great lyric poet, and is credited with inventing the detective story and the modern gothic horror tale. He has been an important influence on many major American and European writers including William Faulkner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Baudelaire, H.P. Lovecraft, and William Butler Yeats, among many others.
Poe's poetry, which is collected in this volume, is more personal than his prose. The themes of love, death, and despair which recur throughout reflect the anguish he suffered in his own troubled life. "Annabel Lee" is a haunting lament to his young wife, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis. "The Bells" is an eerie and melancholy meditation which recreates with brilliant musical language the hypnotic, funereal aura of ringing bells. "The Raven" is a comic tour de force in which the protagonist turns his strange visitor into a symbol of his own sorrow and loss. Poe's best poems remain some of the most popular and technically accomplished in the English language.
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MY TAKE



If you have never read anything (short story or poem) by Edgar Allan Poe, I would suggest starting with this book. You may find that many of Poe's poems strange, depressing, or just downright weird. Some of them strike me that way as well. However, this collection contains some poems that MUST be read. My all time favorite by Poe is The Raven, which is included in this book. Others that I feel are worth mentioning are: Annabel Lee, A Dream Within a Dream, Serenade, The Sleeper, Romance, and Evening Star. 
 



 
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REVIEW: THE CELLAR BY RICHARD LAYMON


THE CELLAR
RICHARD LAYMON
GENRE: HORROR

SYNOPSIS

Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. Armed with video camcorders, these poor souls enter the forbidden house, never to return. The deeper they go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. Don't even think about going into the cellar.




THE BEAST HOUSE:

Your first look:
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Your guide:
a bizarre old woman who claims her husband and children were butchered there years ago, and further darkly hunts that others have since disappeared

Your fate:
If you are--
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Woman: a sexual enslavement beyond your wildest fantasies or nightmares




MY TAKE



Oh boy! I was so not prepared for what this book contained. So please be forewarned BEFORE you decide to pick up a copy of The Cellar. This book had it's good and bad points.


I like the overall idea Laymon had with the Beast that lives in the house. I think the “tourist trap” angle was pretty good as well. I liked the characters in the story and was a quick read—I finished it in one day. The Cellar was interesting and kept my attention. Some parts of the book were predictable and maybe even a bit clique. What I really, I must stress REALLY, didn't like was the character Roy's obsession for little girls. Those parts made me nauseous and very uncomfortable. I was definitely cheering when Roy got what was coming to him. What really surprised me about this book was as I was nearing the end, in my mind I thought I knew how it would end, but I was completely wrong. All in all, this was an interesting read.

 
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REVIEW: IN COLD BLOOD BY TRUMAN CAPOTE


IN COLD BLOOD
TRUMAN CAPOTE
GENRE: NONFICTION/TRUE CRIME

SYNOPSIS

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.





MY TAKE



Before this book, I had never heard of the Clutter murders; never heard of Holcomb, Kansas; never heard of Perry Smith or Dick Hickock—after reading this book I will never forget.

I found this book to be a very sad journey. The Clutters were truly good people—the kind of people you would want as neighbors or friends. They (father, mother, daughter age 16, and son age 15) were murdered senselessly.

In Cold Blood is one of those special books that will stay with you for a very long time. If you like to read true crime, you must read this book.




 
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This week I'm reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (True Crime genre). I'm only a few pages in so I really don't have an opinion of it yet. I'll have the review posted when I'm finished.

What are you reading this week? Let me know by commenting below! Happy reading!
 
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I was tantalized by the mystery of her. The leech inside me came out to find prey, but found none in this enigmatic girl. The close proximity of her essence didn’t entice the monster within, so what did that make her? I had more questions than answers, but one thing was unmistakable; although she released me from her embrace, her hold on me remained.

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REVIEW: THE DEATH OF JAMES DEAN BY WARREN NEWTON BEATH


THE DEATH OF JAMES DEAN
WARREN NEWTON BEATH
GENRE: NONFICTION

SYNOPSIS

Drawing on the inquest manuscript and other previously unpublished material, Warren Beath cuts through the welter of conflicting reports and rumors to provide a taut reconstruction of Dean's final hours.







MY TAKE



Before this book, my knowledge of James Dean was very limited. I had seen Rebel Without a Cause many years ago. I knew Dean had died in a car accident before the movie was even released. That was the extent of my knowledge of the late, great Mr. James Dean.

I was prompted to buy this book because I wanted to know more about the alleged “curse” of James Dean's car. I was a bit saddened that only a couple of pages actually discussed the “curse” of Dean's 550 Porsche Spyder. The first half of the book discussed a lot that happened September 30, 1955—the day James Dean died. Many conflicting reports, witness statements, etc. The second half of the book dives into Dean's loyal following and those obsessed with the crash that killed him.

Overall, this was a decent read for those like myself with limited knowledge of James Dean.




 
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Everyone has a soul.

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Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was: since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.

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The Doctor said I should be dead.

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Successful middle-aged publishing executive David Grossman risks everything to fulfill a promise to a woman he has not seen in forty years. When teen sweethearts and now aging Baby Boomers David and Jill reunite after four decades, sparks fly fast and furious, despite his long marriage to Allison and Jill’s reputation as a famous, former lesbian.

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Breakspear Gardens was the roughest housing estate in the north of England. Smackheads, car thieves, burglars, violent ex-offenders, the estate had them all.

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