The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Co, Jonathan Stroud

Ghosts and dark days: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

 

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When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in. For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead, she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately, this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again.  (GoodReads, 2013)

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The Afterlife of my quest to examine my strength—or, The Afterlife Reading Challenge

Today marks the century of not blogging. The endless ‘to blog or not to blog’ dilemma must come to an end. Moreover, the fact of having a stalker (some men are mad, never takes no for an answer, never to understand: what is merely a pure friendship), which turned my life into the five stages of grief—to the understanding that I am too strong for this childish game.

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, so I shall tickle the areas of fantasy and Gothic literature this year—like every day for my past 32 years on earth, which drew me to The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand realizing that I wish to read more concerning the afterlife—in the aspect of amusing fictional manner, not hellish fires.

Because of Cynthia Hand‘s The Afterlife of Holly Chase, I will start a challenge of reading books that include: ‘The Afterlife of’; with a character that is living in-between life and death, fulfilling an achievement following their afterlife; or the setting in the afterlife.

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SKETCHING THE ESSENCE OF INSANITY AND CRIME IN NETFLIX’S ALIAS GRACE (EPISODE FOUR)

This was originally posted for Sketching the Essence of Insanity and Crime in Netflix’s Alias Grace (Episode Four) | The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates as part of the Neo-Victorian reviews.

Within the enlightenment of emotions, humans have the liberty to develop opinions that become actions. Opinions grow over the course of a lifetime and, if they are taken in faith, they will be sincere. Yet if poisonous trees of sin surround an individual, they will nourish upon errors. Rappaccini’s Daughter is used to bring this idea to the fore at the beginning of the fourth instalment of Alias Grace.

Blessed are all simple emotions, be they dark or bright! It is the lurid intermixture of the two that produces the illuminating blaze of the infernal regions.

Nathaniel Hawthorne probes human emotions in this above quote, and how life may influence an individual beyond their genes. There are various conceivable changes that come together to form a personality. These include one’s place of residence and community. The experiences gained in everyday life throughout acquaintance, family, and the community unite; all influence our personality. (Essays, UK. (November 2013))

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Announcing: “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

It has always drawn me to classics as for this year I have restarted my The Classics Club reading goals. Thus it is with utmost pleasure, I will join “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

 

How to Participate in the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along

  • Get a copy of each of the four books listed below.
  • If you have your own blog, write a welcome post explaining why you are joining the read-along and what you hope to gain from it. Leave a link to your post in the comments section at the end of this post (One Catholic Life). If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your information in the comments section below as well.
  • Download the daily schedule: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. Life happens.
  • If you feel like it, post a line a day from the current chapter on social media, using the hashtags listed below. I’ll be posting to Twitter and Facebook each day and I would love to read your thoughts, too. When you post, I would ask that you please respect the reading experience of those who may not know the full story. In other words, no spoilers!
  • You will find official 2019 read-along graphics at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use them on your website if you wish.
  • And be sure to subscribe to this blog to receive any read-along updates.

The goal of these chapter-a-day read-alongs is to encourage people to read books they might not otherwise read because of their length or age. With that in mind, I chose four classic novels that I think you’re really going to enjoy. Two of the novels are favourites of mine, and two of them are books I haven’t yet read by authors I like.
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for 2019:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. #quixotereadalong
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. #montecristoreadalong (Which I am excited for) 
  • Lilith by George MacDonald. #lilithreadalong
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. #curiosityshopreadalong

The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Reading Schedule

Here is the broad outline of the year:

  • Don Quixote: January 1 to May 8 (126 chapters plus 2 prologues = 128 days)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: May 9 to September 2 (117 chapters = 117 days)
  • Lilith: September 3 to October 19 (47 chapters = 47 days)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop: October 20 to December 31 (73 chapters = 73 days)

So, 128+117+47+73 = 365 days. You can download a pdf of the entire year’s schedule in detail here: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019.

 

To join this read-along, please visit One Catholic Life

 

SKETCHING THE ESSENCE OF INSANITY AND CRIME IN NETFLIX’S ALIAS GRACE (EPISODE TWO)


This was originally posted for Sketching the Essence of Insanity and Crime in Netflix’s Alias Grace (Episode Two) | The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates as part of the Neo-Victorian reviews.

Introducing Mary Whitney

Introducing Mary Whitney – Alias Grace, 2017: S01 E01 (Netflix, inc.)

… for it is the fate of a woman
Long to be patient and silent, to wait like a ghost that is speechless,
Till some questioning voice dissolves the spell of its silence.
“The Courtship of Miles Standish” By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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