Soon another year will past. 2009 is just around the corner. Reflecting on 2008, compilations of outstanding books are emerging. This week's The New York Times’ Book Review (Holiday Books) has a compilation of 100 Notable Books of 2008, fiction and nonfiction. I feel rather indifferent, but also discomfit, for I have not read any of the books on this list. After perusing the list, though I do read books outside the genre of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, I do not have an inclination to go visit the nearest bookstore to buy many books from the list. Two books in the fiction category did stand out. While in Barnes & Noble, I skimmed through “Dear American Airlines” by Jonathan Miles, which I thought was witty but did not buy it due to expensive purchases relating to my limited edition book collecting tendencies. The one book that did pique my interest in the compilation is with no surprise related to the supernatural with a philosophical twist, “The Sacred Book of The Werewolf” by Victor Pelevin, translated by Andrew Bromfield. Here is the list. In addition, compilations of the The New York Times' best books for the past ten years are accessible.
It was well packages to not shift around in the box. The book was plastic wrapped then covered with a soft paper slipcase. The disguised wizard textbook that contains “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is marvelously built. The front cover, back cover, and spine feels like it is made out of leather. The front cover is impressed with the title and an illustration by J.K. Rowling. The fake pages of the textbook are made of slabs of wood, painted gold and page lines are carved to create a realistic look. Inside on the right, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is stored in a burgundy velvet bag, and to the left is a side pocket, which holds an envelope containing 10-printed illustration by J.K. Rowling. The book looks very similar to the handwritten book J.K. Rowling auctioned at Sotheby except for the lack of tattered page edges, and the bookmark is not green but blue. I am very satisfied with my purchase of the Collector’s Edition; all I need now is a reading copy.
Click "Read more..." to view the 10-printed illustrations, which is not available with the standard edition or original and photographs of my copy.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about 26 pages. Consequently, it is expected to have many aspects in the film that was not present in the book. Although the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt will not be release in theaters until December, around Christmas time, viewing the trailer demonstrates detail contrasts.
The first distinction between the short story and the movie is the physical appearance of Benjamin Button at birth. Granted that books have more leeway than the movies, the book describes Button as an old man with a long grey beard whose legs hang from the hospital’s baby crib. However, in the movie, Button is small as an average baby but appears to be a septuagenarian with aged wrinkled skin. Another distinction that immensely changes the story is Benjamin Button’s cognitive ability. In the book, when born Button’s has the intellectual level of a wise elderly man, but in the movie, Button’s intellectual level is of a normal infant.
The short story has a theme that while Button gets younger so does his intellectual ability correspond with his physical changes; he is finally in harmony physically and intellectually, and eventually is socially accepted. Fitzgerald short story demonstrates that Button had an entire life experience, as would a normal person even though he has had an aberrant beginning. Thus, there is a major theme difference between the short story and the movie. Lastly, in the book, Button’s father never leaves him on a stranger's doorsteps. In my perspective, it is essential for Button to be raised by his relentless father who has a mindset that his child is average, because it illuminates the second half of Button’s life with congruity. Nevertheless, I am going to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in theaters December, because well, I am curious.
Anyway, after going to PetSmart, I stopped next-door to Borders. There I saw a new horror anthology edited by Peter Straub. The anthology Poe's Children, represents horror writers that do not write stereotypical horror gore, but share aspects of the eminent Edgar Allan Poe's dark literature. The book includes 24 short stories with some heavy weight horror authors such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Ramsey Campbell, and David J. Schow. When I went to enter my new book into my digital library, I realized this book is not supposed to be available until October 14. This is the first time; I was able to get a book before the release date. I know it is not extraordinary, but to me, it is very cool.
My intention is to collect the entire series. It may seem to be a simple plan, but some of the books are quite difficult to find, because the publishing company is based in the UK. Most of the books are out of stock on Amazon, so I will have to buy it from an Amazon Seller or on EBay. However, the books that are in stock on Amazon are eligible for special offers, which is the 4-for-3 promotion.
How is it possible for a baby or child to survive without human tending? There are circumstances that feral animals such as wolves and monkeys have embraced children, nurturing them as their own. Fictional stories, The Jungle Book and Tarzan of the Apes have romanticized this notion, as it has enthralled children and adults. Neil Gaiman an admirer of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has written his own version of unpredictable nurturers.
After a cold-blooded murder of his family, a baby is thrust into the world without a soul. With the killer on the hunts to eliminate the entire family, the baby soon to be name Nobody Owens (nicknamed Bod) needs protection. Denizens of a graveyard amalgamate to support Bod, and welcome him to his new home, the graveyard. The support of the supernatural provides Bod with supernatural abilities, but he is still vulnerable.
Gaiman weaves a world of not only ghost, but also of an intricate supernatural realm. Each chapter of The Graveyard book is entertaining, revealing subtle information that illuminates about the characters and the main plot. Fantasy, and supernatural enthusiast should definitely read Neil Gaiman's new book.
by A. Lee Martinez
Too Many Curses is A. Lee Martinez's fifth and most recent novel. Like all his novels except The Automatic Detective, which is the only Martinez's book that I have not read, Too Many Curses is what I would call a comical fantasy. Reading an interview, I discovered Martinez does not intentionally try to write comically, and this is seen in his writing style. The humorous aspects flow naturally with his story; it is never trying.
Similar to Martinez's other comical fantasies, the characters are all unique, and his protagonist is the underdog with many idiosyncrasies that do not always attribute to the classic hero, in this circumstance heroine. Nessy, a kobold with dog like features (can be similar to Germanic mythological kobold, but also differs) is lowly housekeeper for Margle, a diabolical wizard that meets an unfortunate end, which leaves Nessy to protect and maintain the inhabitance of his castle. The inhabitances of the castle are Margle's foes that he has cursed into bizarre forms and monsters he has created and collected. For instance, Margle's brother Yazpib is a gooey substance of teeth and eyes in a glass jar. Almost all Margle's cursed adversaries have their own story to tell, and participates with Nessy to fight the forces contending to destroy the castle and the creatures within it.
Though I enjoyed reading Too Many Curses, and thought that the many characters within the story were interesting, Nessy I believed lacked depth until the end. I did not seem to care about her well-being as much as I cared for other supporting characters like Sir Thedeus, the bat. Nevertheless, it was a good magical story with imaginative characters, but my favorite A. Lee Martinez book is still Gil's All Fright Diner. If you are a fantasy fan that appreciates humor then you should read A. Lee Martinez's books.
Another humorous writer I recommend is Christopher Moore especially his novel A Dirty Job
Another interpretation, Hill House is haunted and targets Eleanor, the most vulnerable inhabitant. As for me, I agree with the latter, but it is a moot issue. The validity, I would argue is the third person omniscient narrator that describes Dr. Montague intent of his research at Hill House, which would absolve him of any disingenuous behavior. Nevertheless, Eleanor also narrates the story. Lastly, the treacherous library scene, and the words Eleanor utters before the tragic end, demonstrates there was a paranormal event-taking place at Hill House. The disputable interpretations of The Haunting of Hill House substantiates it is a brilliantly written psychological horror. Reading attentively (for me a reread) reveals repletion of foreshadowing and correlations among characters.
Dr. Montague, an erudite man pursues to validate his premise of uncovering supernatural phenomena through conducting research in an infamous haunted house called Hill House. He seeks out individuals with paranormal abilities to aid in his quest. Cold spots, loud banging, and mumbling voices are just a few of the abnormal events that occur at Hill House.
The literature section, chapter two, titled “For the Love of God, Montresor! The Literature of the Dread” contains some remarkable lists by prominent writers such as Bentley Little, Poppy Z. Brite, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Thomas Ligotti, Tim Lebbon and more. The lists encompasses topics about locations, surprising horror writers, revealed horror writers' pseudonyms, one hit wonders, apocalypses, original book titles and much more.
Sample List from The Book of Lists: Horror
Stephen King’s Ten Favorite Horror Novels or Short Stories
1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
6. Casting the Runes by M. R. James
7. Two Bottles of Relish by Lord Dunsany
8. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
9. The Colour Out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft
10. The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford
Left: One of the many waterfalls I saw while hiking. Photo taken by me.
Anyhow, I consider myself lucky; I purchased the last set of bookends and candleholders. After some (Velma) snooping, I found out that these items availability at the Disney store are limited. It is not even selling on the Disney online store. The Nightmare Before Christmas bookends are of the Mayor’s car. The headlights actually lights up as well as the back hanging lanterns.
Revered Richard Matheson is well known for his novella I am legend, which has recently again dawned our motion picture multiplexes, starring Will Smith. It is not the only literary work of Matheson to make it to the big screen. I can think of at least two other films based on Matheson's novels. The first to thought, Hell House and the second is What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams. In 2009, another motion picture, starring Cameron Diaz will be added to Matheson's credit, based on a short-story Button, Button. Renamed to The Box, the movie will be release in theaters late March. In addition, Button, Button was also adapted to an episode of The Twilight Zone. Only eleven pages long, it might be a surprise that this very short story will soon be a movie. Keep in mind it is not the quantity but the quality that is salient. It is a unique and intriguing story.
Teaser Synopsis: A surprising gift with a peculiar offer, sometimes if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A couple gets an offer too sweet to resist, money, but someone will have to pay the price with life.
I have never been an enthusiast of anthologies or short-story collections. Although I must admit, I own quite a few anthologies. Button, Button: Uncanny Stories a short-story collection, is an instant gratification book. Each story is engaging by the first page, but I have my favorites, which are Mute, Dying Room Only, and Clothes Make the Man. After reading Matheson's Button, Button: Uncanny Stories, I am inclined to start reading more short stories.
For all the Stephen King fans, short-story collection Just After Sunset will be available on November 11 2008. N., one of the short stories, is accessible before the release of the book in a series of 25 graphic video episodes. The episodes are available for download on itune, but you will have to pay for it. On the other hand, view it below on my blog or go to www.NisHere.com
“The original series tells the story of a psychiatrist who falls victim to the same deadly obsession as his patient—an obsession that just might save the world!”
Note: This has been available since July 28th. Synopsis quoted from (http://www.simonsays.com/specials/stephen-king-nishere/questions.cfm)
Again, this is not a definitive ranking of the best horror novels but should be approached as a guide.
I own quite a few Dan Simmons' novels. For years, I intended to read Carrion Comfort (considered to be a vampire classic). When The Terror was publish, I purchased it planning to enjoy a good read. I actually started reading The Terror, but the heavy hardcover was a deterrent. Thus, A Winter Haunting is the first Dan Simmons novel that I have read.
Picking up A Winter Haunting at a bookstore, I did not realize that it is a sequel to Summer of Night; there was no indication in the synopsis. I read the entire book without the slightest clue that there was a prequel. I am not sure whether I will read a Summer of Night now or ever, but I will certainty read more Simmons' novels.
A Winter Haunting is a cleverly written suspenseful psychological horror. Dale Stewart, an English college professor has hit a snag in his life when he commences an affair with a graduate student, Clare Two Heart. On sabbatical, Dale travels to his childhood hometown of Elm Haven to seek solace. He rents the home of a decease childhood friend Duane McBride, who is narrating the white-knuckle winter events.
Although the story is slow paced, and I would rather there have been less flashback of Dale's romance with Clare, the adage, patience is a virtue is quite true for A Winter Haunting. Simmons uses Henry James' short story The Jolly Corner to establish a certainty of reality within his own story then breaks it all down. Are there really ghosts? The evocative prose supplies the mind's eye with classic horror scenes, simply, CGI free. Con: The esoteric, cryptic messages was annoying but engaging at times.
Now iPhone has different apps that can read electronic books. The free application eReader only read books bought or uploaded from their online eBookstore. Their site does provide a few free books. Another application BookShelf cost $9.99. It supports uploading your own electronic books in various formats such as.txt, .html, .fb2, .pdb, .prc, and, .mobi. However, both apps lack the ability to read .lit format, which is a Microsoft Reader format. Anyway, I am on a budget and I do not want to buy an app to read public domain books, which is not compatible with the .lit format (University of Virginia Library has many free electronic ebooks in .lit, pdb and html). Searching for an app that would read .lit, I found Stanza. Right now Stanza is free on Beta version. Their website LexCycle, has a free library of public domain books that can be uploaded to the iPhone once downloaded to a Mac. Furthermore, there is no restriction where to obtain electronic reading material. Stanza’s supports numerous formats.
I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I finally decided to follow the crowd and buy Meyer's Twilight. It was good enough for me to purchase her two followup books in the series. Taking into consideration that the Twilight series is written for young readers, its colloquial diction was a fast read; even though the books are lengthy, I read all three books in less than a week.
The Twilight saga is a romance, but it happens to be about a flourishing love between a human and a vampire. The story is narrated by 17 year-old Isabella Swan, who happens to fall in love with Edward Cullen, the vampire. He reciprocates the love she feels towards him but love between a human and a vampire is never that simple, so the saga begins.
About a little over 300 pages of Twilight is character development; the conflict occurs almost at the end of the book. The duration of conflict and climax is less than a hundred pages. Towards the end Isabella (Bella) seems whiny constantly stating, "Don't leave me Edward, stay." Their love seems more like lust. Bella perpetually describes Edward as beautiful and perfect; there is no actual conversation or bonding between Bella and Edward besides approbation of esthetics. Nevertheless, Twilight was entertaining, because it keeps the reader (me) curious.
New Moon tackles the conflicts between human and vampire love. Is Bella safe having a relationship with a vampire that thirst for blood? Can she survive without Edward, and can he survive without her? In addition, a new relationship is forge, and there are more magical creatures in Forks.
Eclipse brings closure to the last surviving vampire nomad who seeks revenge against Edward. The Cullens cannot contend their enemies alone; they needed help from friendlier foes. Bella struggles with conflicting emotions while Edward competes with Jacob Black for Bella's love. The relationships among characters develop depth.
Though the story line of love between a human and a vampire may seem unique, it is strikingly similar to Charlaine Harris's Sookie series. Only the characters' traits are reverse. Harris' main character Sookie, a human is a mind reader, but she is unable to read the minds of vampires. Thus, she is attracted to having relationships with vampires rather than humans. Meyer's protagonist Edward is a mind reader, but he is unable to read Bella's mind, which is one of the reasons he is drawn to her. Sookie and Bella also share similarity that they both are impervious to vampires special powers.
I think Meyer's Twilight saga is popular, because it fills the avoid in the young readers market for vampire romance, which has already been establish in the adult market by authors like Charlaine Harris, and MaryJanice Davidson.
Meyer’s Twilight series is a entertaining read for young readers seeking an innocent vampire romance. However, at times the romance appears superficial, and the narrator Bella seems weak not only physically but also mentally. She allows her life to be dictated by her boyfriend, which is not a good role model for young girls.
by Dean Koontz
Many years ago, I read Demon Seed by Dean Koontz. Since it has been such a long time, I cannot remember the details of the novel or even the denouement. Nevertheless, I remember never wanting to read another Koontz’s novel. It was an interesting plot, a home monitoring smart computer develops humanistic emotion of obsession for the lady of the house (Susan), who is a twice survivor of abuse. I recall enjoying the fast pace novel, but hating the conclusion. Now, today, I cannot remember why I hated the end, but it is the reason I have shunned Koontz’s novels.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that Dean Koontz published Odd Hours, fourth installment to his Odd series, which is currently seventh on the New York Times book review bestseller list. I had heard that the series is very interesting, narrated by a young man (Odd Thomas) of twenty-years-old, who is a short-order cook in the arid Californian town of Pico Mundo with the gift to see dead people and other things. Odd creates a memoir recounting his life experiences seeing the dead, conveying, and fulfilling their wishes. In Odd Thomas (book one), Odd takes a proactive approach when an abundant amount of ominous visitors “bodachs” surround a strange man and then denizens of Pico Mundo. Odd must protect the people he cares for and save Pico Mundo from a grand massacre.
I am glad I gave Dean Koontz another try. Even though M. Night Shyamalan has already made The Six Sense, and it is a great movie, Odd Thomas is nevertheless creative and interesting though it does have similar aspects to Shyamalan’s most popular film.
The first chapter is gripping, disclosing Odd Thomas' talent and his proactive approach towards the dead. Aspects of the story unfold slowly never revealing too much but not being overbearingly concealed. There is a stirring plot twist; just when everything seems to be revealed and only the pursuit seems to matter, more questions arise. In addition, even an element of the conclusion was unexpected.
I will surely be reading Forever Odd soon.
For more information on Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series visit Odd's website Odd Thomas. There you can view Odd's webisodes called the Odd Passenager An Odd Thomas Story.
I would recommend horror fans to purchase or borrow this book, for there are more reading recommendations. The list is not a definitive ranking of the best horror novels but should be approached as a guide.
Note: This is an old edition, which was published in 1998. The most recent edition was published in 2005.
1. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
My opinion, books are beautiful and in its own right a work of art, but it should be cherish for the contains inside and as a bonus it exterior beauty that is bestowed to an environment. I also consider slowly acquiring books throughout the years enjoyable; I would not want someone else doing it for me. Much can be learned about a person through their book collection. What can be said about a person that merely buys books for its appearance?
1. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
2. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5. The Stranger by Albert Camus
6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
7. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
8. Light in August by William Faulkner
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
11. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
13. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
15. The Ambassadors by Henry James
16. Ulysses by James Joyce
17. The Trial by Franz Kafka
18. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
20. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
21. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
23. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
24. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
25. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
26. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
27. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
28. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
29. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
30. Beloved by Toni Morrison
31. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
32. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
33. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
34. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
35. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
36. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
37. All Quiet On The Western Front by Remarque
38. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
39. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
40. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
41. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
42. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
43. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
44. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
46. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
47. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
48. Night by Elie Wiesel
49. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
50. Native Son by Richard A. Wright
There are a plethora of vampire novels out there sitting on the shelves of bookstores and libraries, and it is a difficult task to distinguish between the humdrum and phenomenal. Lately I've been googling noteworthy vampire novels. I wanted to get past the the obvious great vampire novels like Stoker's Dracula, King's Salem's Lot, Rice's Interview with the Vampire, and Simmons' Carrion Comfort. After some searching, I discovered science fiction writer George R. R. Martin's vampire novel Fevre Dream.
Fevre Dream is an outstanding vampire novel. The story is unique and wonderfully written capturing the steamboat era's opulence, and abject imperceptibility in conjunction with slavery. From the first chapter Martin seizes my attention. There is no such thing as slow pace in this novel. The suspense is unbearable; I could not read fast enough!
Without revealing too much, the vampires in Fevre Dream are unique. They are an entirely different species. Martin explains the primordial history of the vampire, which makes reasonable sense. The book has a strong undertone theme of morality. The plot is found on an analogous correlation between master/slave and predator/prey. Simply, societies hierarchical system is questioned. Two powerful vampires struggle. Joshua wants to change the way his people live, and Damon sees nothing wrong with the old days even though the red thirst is conquered. Abner, a man of integrity is Joshua's only hope.
If you're a horror enthusiast, this should be on your list of "to read" books (on the top). I loved it so much, I bought the signature edition.
To the left is the signature edition, which is limited to 448 copies.
The Dracula Tape
Tired of trying to find the next enjoyable read in your favorite genre? I've felt that way through the years, but for the past 2 years I've found help in my quest of what next to read.
Suzanne Beecher, a book lover among other things has numerous email book clubs. The email book clubs differ depending on the genre. These are the genres available: nonfiction, business, fiction, good news, horror, mystery, prepublication, romance, teen, science fiction, audio books, classics club, read-it-first from St. Martin's, Christian books, mysteries and thrillers from Bantam. Once signed up to a particular club, emails will be sent during the weekdays. The emails will include a 5-minute sample of the novel highlighted that week, and by the end of the week you should have read at least the first few chapters of the novel, which should allow you to deduce whether the book is worthy for furthering reading. The email also contains a short “Dear Reader” column that is written by Suzanne, and is also pleasant to read.
Okay, signing up is simple, just go to: Dear Reader
Then pick a club, enter your email address, which is where you would like to receive the emails and your zip code. Also, don’t worry about junk mail. I’ve never received any solicitations relating to my Dear Reader book clubs.
Keep reading my small audience. I hope this helps you, as much as it as helped me.
1. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce
2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
3. The Monkey's Paw & Tales of Mystery and the Macabre by W. W. Jacobs
4. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
5. In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan LeFanu
6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
7. At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
8. The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne Ou Maurier
9. Tales and Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
11. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyell and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
12. Dracula - Bram Stoker
13. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
Since I have finished my undergraduate studies, my objective today was to tidy up my desk, which is engulfed with textbooks and reference material. I thought to myself, I don't need all this anymore. The spanish textbook and dictionary can be placed on a distant bookshelf. While rummaging through old notes and anthropological articles, I found my old reading ledger. The reading ledger came with a bookish set that contained bookplates, which I never used, matching library checkout cards, and pencils. Inside the reading ledger it includes a check list of the 100 world classics according to W. John Campbell PH.D. From the list it is apparent that Mr. Campbell likes Shakespeare.
From: The Book of Great Books, A Guide to 100 World Classics
1. Aeneid by Virgil
2. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
3. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
5. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
6. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
7. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
8. Beowulf by Anonymous
9. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
10. The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
12. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
13. Candide by Voltaire
14. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
19. Daisy Miller by Henry James
20. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
21. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
22. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
23. The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
24. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
25. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
26. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
27. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
28. Euthyphro, Apology , Crito, Phaedo by Plato
29. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
30. Faust, Parts 1 and 2 by J. W. von Goethe
31. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
32. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
33. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
34. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
35. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
36. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
37. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Ftzgerald
38. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
39. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
40. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
41. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
42. Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
43. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
44. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
45. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
46. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
47. Iliad by Homer
48. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
49. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
50. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
51. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
52. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
53. King Lear by William Shakespeare
54. Light in August by William Faulkner
55. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
56. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
57. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
58. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
59. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
60. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
61. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
62. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
63. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
64. Native Son by Richard Wright
65. 1984 by George Orwell
66. Odyssey by Homer
67. The Oedipus Trilogy by Soppocles
68. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
69. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
70. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
72. Othello by William Shakespeare
73. Paradise Lost by John Milton
74. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
75. The Plague by Albert Camus
76. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
77. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
78. The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli
79. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
80. Republic by Plato
81. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
82. Richard III by William Shakespeare
83. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
84. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
85. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
86. Silas Marner by George Eliot
87. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
88. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
89. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
90. The Stranger by Albert Camus
91. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
92. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
93. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
94. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
95. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
96. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
97. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
98. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
99. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
100. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Today, to remember the great American writer Mr. Poe, I went to the Poe Museum in the historical district of Richmond, Virginia. The museum boasts a large collection of Poe related materials such as rare first editions, hand written letters by Poe (Poe has a beautiful penmanship), and personal belongings such as clothes and a walking stick to list a few.
The museum is located in an Old Stone House that was establish in 1922. It is comprise of five separate areas, one of which was close due to construction. One must first enter the gift shop in order to view the rest of the compound. Admission of $6.00 is paid at the gift shop register. After paying, a sticker which states Poe Museum and has the prominent image of a raven is given that must be placed in visible sight. Then an informative green handout is given. It contains a map that is helpful for your self tour.
The museum has a lonesome atmosphere, for my husband and I were two out of the three visitors. Nevertheless, the museum is worth viewing for a Poe enthusiast. What makes the visit worth it to me is the rare first edition books, the beautifully written letters by Poe himself, and the Raven Room that exhibits illustrations created by James William Carling for the publication of The Raven in 1882.
Above are photographs of the Enchanted Garden. The first photograph is the bust of Poe that is the shrine for museum visitors. The second photograph is just one angle of the Enchanted Garden. The Garden was created to commemorate Poe's love of Gardens. Photography is prohibited in the museum.