These days, I’m more into short reviews of books (might be the after-effect of lingering too much on Goodreads).
To cut the long story short, here are two mini and quirky reviews of two books I finished off recently.
Book: The Haunting of Hill House
Author : Shirley Jackson
Genre(s): Horror, Gothic, Classic, Fiction
Year Of Publishing: 1959
It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
As I’m writing a short review and I won’t go into the details— there are plenty of them on the internet.
Would point out what I felt after reading the book:
- In case you are looking for chills and sleepless nights, then this is not the horror book you want. This is veering more towards creepy, psychological dread.
- To get the creepiness under your skin, read it slowly. Let the sense of doom sink in just like the house descended upon its invaders by taking its time.
- Did the house start to possess the main protagonist Eleanor or it was another way around? Was it really a paranormal phenomenon? Or the spooky things that happened in the house had scientific explanations? Thank you,Shirley Jackson, for making things ambiguous for us.
- Given it was released in the 50s, it was phenomenal of the author to add a lesbian touch in Theodora- Elanor camaraderie.
- How credible was Eleanor as a narrator? Given her fragile, on-the-verge-of-insanity mental state, did all the paranormal events really happen or some of them were her figments of imagination?
- I liked reading the book but upon finishing, forgot about it. It was strange given its cult status among goth-horror fans. Or I might be the odd-one-out.
- In short, the book didn’t linger in my mind unlike” The Lottery” –legendary short story by Shirley Jackson.
- In case you want to experience the real chill, do give ‘The Lottery” a go. You can read it here for free- link. Thank Me Later.
My rating: 3/5
Book: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Year Of Publishing: 2013
Genre(s): Romance, Humor, Fiction
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date….whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband…….he embarks upon The Wife Project…
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms…
“I am socially awkward genius blah blah …. good looking and have wads of cash….blah blah …dated and rejected few women based on my weird parameter blah blah …met “not-my-type- but- sexy-nonetheless” Rosie…blah blah ..we both want to get into each other’s pants but would wait till the DNA-quest for Rosie’s MIA biological father is over..blah blah”
And then it all gone down the rabbit hole of epic blahness.
My rating: 1.5/5
Friends don’t recommend friends “The Rosie Project“.
Friends suggest friends “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” to devour sad-quirky-realistic- a tug-at-your-heart journey of a socially awkward genius.