These reviews come from a reading journal I started (and abruptly forgot about) in 1999.
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Bantam (abridged):
I loved this book.Â It was such an exciting read.Â The pot twists were challenging.Â There were a lot of characters of keep up with.Â I loved the intrigue.Â Would Edmond wind up with MÃ©rcÃ¨des?Â Benedetto and EugÃ©nie canâ€™t marry â€“ theyâ€™re siblings!Â Is EugÃ©nie a lesbian?Â Will Valentine and Maximilien ever get together?Â Duels, revolution, treachery, murder, incest, love revenge!
Vittorio the Vampire, Anne Rice, Knopf:
This book was awful.Â I had to force myself through it.Â What has happened to Anne Rice?Â All of her most recent books stink.Â I miss Louis and Lestat.Â Not the Lestat from Memnoch, but the other mischievous Lestat.Â I hope she gets â€œitâ€ back.Â Vittorio got bogged down with the paintings and the angels.Â Why does she spend so much time on just a year or a week?Â Vittorio has been around 500 years â€“ surely heâ€™s seen other things!
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts:
This book was wonderful.Â I stayed up all night reading it, which is very rare for me.Â I just had to find out what was going to happen to Novalee.Â I had heard really good things about this book, and I really wanted to read it.Â I thought the characters were wonderful.Â It showed me once again why all the best books seem to be Southern in nature.
Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt, Vintage International:
What a wonderful read!Â A bit of mystery.Â Love and lust.Â Victorian mores collide with sexual desire.Â Poetry.Â Genealogy.Â Forbidden fruit.Â My husband recommended it to me.Â I loved every page.
As you have noticed, I didnâ€™t include a synopsis of any of the books.Â I simply wrote my opinions of each.Â If you want a summary, youâ€™ll have to ask me nice.Â Iâ€™m too tired tonight, and I want to get into that tub right now.Â Gâ€™night.