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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
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The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
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All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
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The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
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Linda Hilton
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

I'm glad that's over

Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

I'm not even sure why I gave this two stars.


Vampires just don't interest me.  I think I was spoiled by Yarbro's St. Germain series; nothing else comes close.


I knew part of the basic story of Carmilla so there was nothing particularly surprising in the reading of it.  Everything was predictable, and there was no real development of the characters.  This happened, this happened, this happened, then this happened, and finally the end.  Boring.


If there was anything about the background of the story that provided some interest, it was the strong undertone of lesbian sexuality.  This struck me almost immediately upon reading the dream sequence of the six-year-old narrator in which she is attacked/bitten in the breast rather than the neck.  The sexuality of the later, post-Dracula vampire tales has been explored almost to the point of being common knowledge, but because Carmilla predates the Stoker novel by more than 20 years, I had not expected this element in the earlier book.


And of course I tucked that little bit of knowledge away just in case I ever get around to working on my Victorian novel again.


So I read it and it's out of the way, and now I can move on to something more enjoyable.