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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

TBR2010 - August Theme - Author(s) you’ve never read before

"You hate me but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself."

Frankenstein is as part of the pop culture zeitgeist as much as Dracula and all the sparkly goodness that descended from Stoker's creation. Mary Shelley is often cited as the mother of horror and science fiction and it's no doubt why from her wonderful first novel.

I'm a huge fan of the Universal movies from the 30s and still watch them to this day. Like many, my influence of horror and the two timeless monsters are from these movies. Only now am I getting to read the original sources that inspired the movies and I'm having a blast seeing how things changed over the ages.

Frankenstein is a novel of many layers. On the surface, it's a monster tale of creation gone wrong but deep down there is a plethora of philosophical ideas touching upon what it means to be human and the responsibility humans have to the creations …

The Little Prince (Graphic Novel) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with Illustrations by Joann Sfar

2010 - Young Adult Reading Challenge #12 (After the excellent Heist Society #11)

The Little Prince is a beloved classic French children's story that many continue to love well into their adulthood. Even today I hear friends and peers of mine talking about wonderful memories they had of the little prince that came from outer space. I still have fond memories of the animated movie that I grew up loving.

That's why I jumped on the chance to check out a recent incarnation of The Little Prince in graphic novel formats, also considering I love GNs.

That said, I would say this version of the novel is more fit for those like me who are familiar with the story they grew up loving. The essence of tale is here in that The Little Prince has his adventures and an immense imagination as he tries to understand grownups and the new world he landed in, but the style of the narrative seems more fit for adults who may also be fans of philosophy. There are a lot of things that I tripped over a b…

Guest posting today at Book Faery!

Heads up!

If you haven't grabbed a copy of the first two books in my Ashen Twilight series, now's your chance to win printed versions of both! Today I'm guest posting at Book Faery's for Day 24 of the Battle of the Sexes. I invite you to come on down to check out my post, Rascals, Rogues and Really Bad Boys: The Allure of the Alpha Hero and enter to win both copies in the series.

Click the pick to zoom on over to the website! Contest ends Sept. 4, 2010!

Rae Lori Kindle UK Store now open!

A mini belated message. ;-)

All my books available at the Amazon US store are now available in the Amazon UK! A few readers were interested in grabbing the books in their area and I hope this will make it more accessible to them. The prices should be in the equivalent of the US prices. Plus there is no DRM whatsoever! So feel free to trot on over to grab yourself some reads.

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Classic Inspiration

Lately I've been MIA offline taking care of some things. Sometimes when I write, I usually take 'extended leaves from offline' to get the clutter out of my head. (Apologies to all who had comments in moderation. I put the modding up due to some of my posts being spammed. Argh).

While away, I started getting back to the things that I really enjoyed as a kid. One of them is checking old horror movies and books. In addition to my SFR books I'm currently reading, I started reading Frankenstein after watching the original Boris Karloff/James Whale Universal classic movie. I hadn't seen it in awhile and it was good to check it out again with all the scenes that were usually cut. I also watched Bride of Frankenstein which I also enjoyed, especially the beginning which showed Lord Byron, Mary W Shelley and her husband Percy Shelley (where was Polidori?) around the fire telling ghost stories while it rained. I always wondered if someone would make a movie about that moment …