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. It was such an exciting read. The pot twists were challenging. There were a lot of characters of keep up with. I loved the intrigue. Would Edmond wind up with Mércèdes? Benedetto and Eugénie can’t marry – they’re siblings! Is Eugénie a lesbian? Will Valentine and Maximilien ever get together? Duels, revolution, treachery, murder, incest, love revenge!
Vittorio the Vampire, Anne Rice, Knopf:
This book was awful. I had to force myself through it. What has happened to Anne Rice? All of her most recent books stink. I miss Louis and Lestat. Not the Lestat from Memnoch, but the other mischievous Lestat. I hope she gets “it” back. Vittorio got bogged down with the paintings and the angels. Why does she spend so much time on just a year or a week? Vittorio has been around 500 years – surely he’s seen other things!
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts:
This book was wonderful. I stayed up all night reading it, which is very rare for me. I just had to find out what was going to happen to Novalee. I had heard really good things about this book, and I really wanted to read it. I thought the characters were wonderful. 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! A bit of mystery. Love and lust. Victorian mores collide with sexual desire. Poetry. Genealogy. Forbidden fruit. My husband recommended it to me. I loved every page.
As you have noticed, I didn’t include a synopsis of any of the books. I simply wrote my opinions of each. If you want a summary, you’ll have to ask me nice. I’m too tired tonight, and I want to get into that tub right now. G’night.