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About meI'm currently taking a break from teaching English at a secondary school to enjoy raising my son.


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Thank for your comment. The only other book of hers I've read is The Great Stink, again nothing for the faint-hearted. Somehow The Savage Lands didn't appeal, but I just noticed she has since published Beautiful Lies, so maybe I should give her another go as I really adored her writing. - Petra
I've just given this a bit more thought and this is what I think: I believe the bird motif shows that Gabriel still hasn't abandoned the sickening feeling of power he derives when taking a life (something that was hinted at first in his memory of the boy in the stable torturing and killing the cat, and later when he takes a more active part in restraining Caley's victims), only now it has taken on a publicly accepted guise (the euphemism he uses is "procuring specimens"). When he subsequently draws the birds, this is even something that is regarded as commendable. Does that make sense?
Hello, I just read your review of The Resurrectionist with interest, and agree with a lot of the comments you made. As to the explanation of the bird motif on the front cover, I think this is a rather bad photoshop design by faber & faber, showing the reader an old-fashioned carriage (equalling historical fiction) plus two crows (often seen as a bringer of death or a bad omen), therefore letting the prospective reader know at a glance that they're dealing with a Gothic horror/chiller as described in the blurb on the back cover and not some religious tome. That's what I think anyway. - Petra

I'm currently reading The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing. I'm stopping by to say how much I enjoy your review

(Whisper1), a member of the 75 challenge group.
I loved your review of White Crow - helped me to think about why I couldn't quite love it.
Are you an English teacher by any chance? I'm shadowing Carnegie with a group at school - will look out for your other reviews with interest.
I'll always love well written stories, no matter the age group(I'll always adore Slaves of the Mastery, all 3 books, because William Nicholson can build a character like nobody's business). It just seems that most vampire stories aren't well written when directed towards young adult. It's all, his teeth glistened with desire, her eyes spoke of infinite fear, his lips were like the gates of heaven, blah blah blah. It get's on one's nerves, after awhile.

Have you seen the movie Nightbreed by Clive? So good, so 80s. You should definitely rent it if you haven't yet, the masks alone are worth the money spent, especially so close to Halloween!

btw nice Brokeback review!
Ahh thank you so much, that's very helpful! Yes, I do like dark books about... creatures. :/ Clive Barker is my favorite artist/aurthor, his stuff is love if you haven't read it yet.
I really liked your review of Twilight! In it you mentioned reading other vampy novels besides Anne Rice, do you remember what any of them are called? Most of the books I come across at Borders or Half Price are generally for tweens, and I'm looking for something meant for an older reader. I tried to read the Historian, but absolutely hated it! Can't seem to get past Pandora. :/ Any recommendations?
Great. I actually found two copies this morning. Send me your mailing address (my e-mail is and I'll send you a signed copy.



Noticed you liked Girl Interrupted, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's mental illness and also a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


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