Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Maus ii by Art Spiegelman
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Disquiet by Julia Leigh
1) I read the prequel first so PPZ was most definitely a dissapointment compared to that constant action. I know that Grahame-Smith had to work within Austen's frame, so I'm led to wonder did Dawn of author Steve Hockensmith really work within theirs. Lizzy has two different pseudo-suitors in the prequel that express characteristics of both future suitors Wickham and Darcy, but while Lizzy in the prequel makes very bold statements of how she will be a better judge of character in the future it just doesn't transition into the main story. Is what all the girls critics say true? That women are too changeable a lot, and therefore cannot be bothered to hold fast to their own principles let alone save king and country from Unmentionables? Or was Hockensmith simply trying to be cute by using Austen's plot device? (Let's not get into semantics, I'm sure she wasn't the first.) Oh well. Zombies.
2&3) I've had Maus for quite a while and simply never read it until now. Simply stated, I loved them. They were hard judgements/realizations/worries about a survivor through the eyes of his son. Just couldn't put them down.
4&5) As said before, Kleypas is my guilty pleasure but these books were a nice change from her usual fare of balls and lowered lashes. There was an uncomplicated murder mystery and angst that didn't make me want to wretch.
6) So I found myself more interested in deconstructing Screw rather than enjoying it as an old ghost story. My friends know my love for tales of governesses and maids, but the Gov here...She was too eager (though that's really not the word I want to use) to accept that the children in her charge were corrupted. We spend pages and pages hearing about how beautiful and innocent these kids are and then the switch is clicked and suddenly they're Satan spawn. There's such verve over the 'fact' that the kids lied or the idea that they could even contemplate it. All I saw was a lonely young woman too caught up in her own head about thinking how important she was, (really important, super important, come down off your cross important), attracted to her absent employer--who didn't give two jots for his two wards--and struggling with how to bring this man back to the estate without making it look like she was the problem. The whole possession/ghosts thing was entirely in her head as far as I'm concerned, and she used the hapless illiterate housekeeper to further her scheme. Or maybe the book was boring and I'm looking for something to argue about.
7)I picked Disquiet up on a whim and the name suits it perfectly, though I wouldn't call it 'Hypnotic' or say that it 'electrified' me (like the reviews on the back say it should). I was left hoping that the main character didn't go back to her husband or try to kill herself, but other than that it didn't create any long lasting thoughts.