Spoiler-Free Thoughts on “Drood” by Dan Simmons

Summary: On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a [...]

Thoughts on “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL. As an avid fan of du Maurier's Rebecca, I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed with My Cousin Rachel. It started off very strong with little Philip coming face to face with the corpse of a man who had been hanged for murdering his wife, a scene [...]

Research, Write, Repeat: Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction. Especially novels that take place around the Victorian or Regency era. I realize I'm romanticizing a period of inequality, poor hygiene, and convoluted social rules, but dammit if they didn't look good in those waistcoats. What I don't love (well, besides everything I listed above) is all of the research that [...]