lady_green_bat (lady_green_bat) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

August Reading: 129-139/200

Mina: The Dracula Story Continues - Marie Kiraly
Strange Bedfellows and A Singular Proposition - Tanya
The Mist in the Mirror - Susan Hill
Wishful Thinking - suallenparker
Time Magazine: Secret Societies - Kelly Knauer Ed.
Bleach Volume 56 & 57 - Tite Kubo
The Most Beautiful Name - Rayvah
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
Foxes and Geese - Sister_Wolf

Kiraly's story was...nothing new. I've read MANY versions of this same theme, ie: Dracula told from Mina's perspective or extended through Mina's perspective. Most writers, in my opinion, who pick up pen to write this sort of story have nothing new to say, nothing new to create. Either it's Mina was in with Dracula all along, Mina's boys think she's nuts with various tales of asylum life, or a combination of the two with a little Mina comes around and kills Dracula once she stops thinking about her clit and realizes he's a stone cold killer.

The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill is a lovely atmospheric work brought to us by the same woman who wrote The Woman in Black. It's not fast moving and yet while the main character is "experiencing" his ghostly encounters you really feel that you're there with him, getting those same goose bumps on your arms, feeling eyes between your shoulders, feeling your breath begin to race just by an errant sound. I liked it...except for the ending.
Tags: drama, fanfiction, ghosts, gothic novels, manga, romance, vampires, werewolves

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