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Dana Johnson

Book-obsessed twenty-something with a passion for poetry, hiking, and being happy with what I have.

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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

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As part of my journey to read more gothic fiction, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho was my first read of 2016. If you have any interest in the Gothic Horror genre, I highly recommend reading this book (although I think this is technically more of a Gothic Romance?). Read on for my thoughts on this classic novel–but be warned: there are spoilers aplenty!

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Dracula by Bram Stoker — Review

I'm scared of everything, but here we go.

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Let’s make one thing clear–I typically stay away from the horror section of all bookstores and libraries. I’m easily frightened, unbearably paranoid, and don’t enjoy the goosebumps, cold sweats, or “hair on end” feelings that spooky books typically produce.

But I think I may be a convert. I absolutely loved Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula, and I’m eager to dive deeper into the Gothic Horror genre. Here are my thoughts on the classic book:

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Post in Which I Rave About “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

I finally read Ernest Cline’s first novel Ready Player One, and was instantly sucked in to this modernized depiction of planet earth. The novel takes place in year 2044 (which doesn’t seem too terribly far away, frankly), when larger cities are crawling with “stacks,” structures of trailers stacked haphazardly on top of each other and housing several families in each. Half the human population is starving, cities are riddled with crime, and nearly everyone finds escape in a digital world known as the OASIS.

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Bi-Monthly Review: (More) thoughts on Robert Fagles’ Translation of The Iliad

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.

I gave my first thoughts on this translation of Homer’s The Iliad back at the end of February, when I was in Book Seven…now I’m done and back with more (brief) thoughts!

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Bi-Monthly Review: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.

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This is the type of book that makes me want to write an essay for fun. A story that I couldn’t put down until it was over, and then immediately wanted to read again. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read something by Henry James, and I’m actually thankful that I was able to discover this story on my own, and not as required reading back in school.

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Bi-Monthly Review: SOS: Poems 1961-2013 Amiri Baraka – Selected by Paul Vangelisti

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.

Amiri Baraka

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Bi-Monthly Review: Home by Now by Meg Kearney

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.

Home by Now

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Bi-Monthly Review: Seam by Tarfia Faizullah

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.
Seam

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Bi-Monthly Review: The Erotic Spirit

The Bi-Monthly Review is a twice monthly feature of whatever I happen to be reading. Highly informal. Opinions are my own. Try to enjoy.

Erotic Spirit

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