Two bookish gifts for me that I am really looking forward to read and watch:
A cabinet of Roman curiosities by J.C. McKeown.
This one has been on my wishlist for a long time. In structure it reminds me a bit of Schott’s Miscellany, in that it is just a number of “strange tales and surprising facts”.
The movie “Night train to Lisbon” with Jeremy Irons. I just hope they didn’t butcher the wonderful Nachtzug nach Lissabon by Pascal Mercier. Relying on Bille August here.
Will be watching it tonight.
The Beast by Alianne Donnelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a great twist on the common Beauty & the Beast. This is sort of an inverted werewolf story, just that it’s not a werewolf but some unspecified beast. On three days a month the nice and friendly beast turns into a human who is a real monster, just without the claws.
Of course, you come to quite like the monster pretty quickly, even though he is a bit mean at first, but that is only defense machanism, isn’t it? Plus, I would be pissed off as well if they chained me to the wall on the few days a month I could actually go out and party like I used to before I got cursed.
From what I read Bastien must have been a right bastard before the curse, but I can’t see much of that here. I suppose 300 years of being cursed beats it out of you.
Anyway, this is a really good and entertaining read. And it is free to boot (available on Smashwords). I recommend it to everybody who likes a beauty and the beast theme, tortured heroes and fairy tales. The only problem I have with it is that is too short. Way too short!
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