A photo of a woman in a blue dress seated in a prison cell

Alias Grace

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.

The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.

A Darker Shade of Magic

Shades of Magic : Book 1 Group read with Fantasy Favourites. Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the […]

The little stranger - Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger

Read for this year’s RIP event. Part of The Estella Society’s readalong, although a much delayed addition. The story opens with a happy scene at Hundreds Hall, our narrator is remembering how grand the house was. How impressive it was to a small child visiting from a poor family. Thirty years later when Doctor Faraday […]

Neverwhere

Neverwhere (group read part 2)

I may have been late last week, but for part 2 I’m all caught up. This week’s read covers chapters 6 through 12, so there will be spoilers. Chapter 6 begins with Richard chanting the mantra, “I want to go home”. How do you feel about Richard and his reactions at this point to the […]

The Lantern (group read, week 3)

This is the final week of our group read of The Lantern, and it was a really good experience. First off because I don’t think I would have read this one without the group prompting me to. And Secondly because I thought about it a lot more than I otherwise would have. Hats off to […]

Fragile things week 3

This is just a round-up post of my thoughts after week three of the Fragile things read. As with any short story collection some of the stories worked for me, and other didn’t. I tend to like the more traditional stories, where we have somewhat of a resolution or development. The more open-ended and experimental, […]