Soulless, by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger introduces Alexia Tarrabotti, a strong willed spinster living in an alternative universe Victorian London. The universe of the Parasol Protectorate is much like ours, except the supernatural are an integral part of society, vampires introduced low necklines, and Alexia herself... is Soulless. Intro For Halloween I wanted to review one of … Continue reading Soulless, by Gail Carriger

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguru

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a beautiful, hazy portrait of life in post war Japan. It explores generational tension, changing social mores, guilt and atonement. It is also another excellent example of the unreliable narrator, a trope of Ishiguro's work. The Unreliable Narrator "Kazuo Ishiguro’s study of guilt, ageing and … Continue reading An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguru

Affinity, by Sarah Waters

An interweaving tale of two entrapped women; a suicidal noblewoman with no purpose and an imprisoned spiritualist claiming innocence. Reality, voice and oppression - not to mention manipulation - are the key themes in this stunning lesbian Victorian ghost story. A rich, beautiful, haunting novel by an excellent author, set in the late 19th century. … Continue reading Affinity, by Sarah Waters

A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro

I just finished reading A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro. As usual with his work, the book has stayed with me for over a day now. Etsuko is a Japanese woman, living in rural England in the 1970s. Her younger daughter Niki visits, and their conversation triggers a series of dreams and memories. She … Continue reading A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro