Adult Fiction · Romance

Classics Club Review: Emma by Jane Austen

The Classic: Emma by Jane Austen (1815) “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” So begins Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece Emma. In Emma, Austen’s prose brilliantly elevates,…… Continue reading Classics Club Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Doctor Faustus by Marlowe and Faust by Goethe

The Classics: Doctor Faustus (published in 1604 but performed earlier) by Christopher Marlowe Faust (1808/1832) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Was it what I expected?/Did I Like It?/Is it worth reading? I don’t have much to say about Faust, but I thought I should say something, because I wanted to read these plays as part of my many-times-mentioned…… Continue reading Classics Club: Doctor Faustus by Marlowe and Faust by Goethe

Children's & Middle Grade

Classics Club Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Classic: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) by L. Frank Baum L. Frank Baum’s tale of a little girl who discovers that there’s no place like home is one of the most beloved novels ever written. When a cyclone carries Dorothy and her little dog Toto into the magical land of Oz, she and her…… Continue reading Classics Club Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Classics Club Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Classic: The Invisible Man (1897) by H.G. Wells With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin – the new guest at the Coach and Horses – is at first assumed to be a shy accident victim. But the true reason for his disguise is…… Continue reading Classics Club Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Classic: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Probably Garcí­a Márquez finest and most famous work. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men and…… Continue reading Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

The Classic: Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin Set in the contemporary Paris of American expatraites, liasons, and violence, a young man finds  himself caught between desire and conventional  morality. James Baldwin’s brilliant narrative delves  into the mystery of loving with a sharp, probing  imagination, and he creates a moving, highly  controversial story of death and passion that reveals the  unspoken complexities…… Continue reading Classics Club: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

The Classic: Cain, a Mystery (1821) by Lord Byron This is a rather obscure play, and as such I couldn’t find a good blurb, but basically it’s a play in poetry clearly inspired by Paradise Lost, telling a story about Cain and his conversations with Lucifer leading up to the murder of Abel. (“Mystery” is used here…… Continue reading Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Classic: The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. 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…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Classic: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories (1883-1890) by Anton Chekhov The first English translation of many of the lost early stories by the world-renowned author of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya. Each story in this fine collection is a fresh reminder that this prodigious dramatist and storyteller charted unexplored depths of the…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Adult Fiction · Queer · Romance

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)

The Classic: Beebo Brinker (1962) by Ann Bannon Designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction” for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon’s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters…… Continue reading Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)