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Have you read Anne Rice? Interview with the Vampire is exactly what you describe, and there are sequels too. Very dark and gothic.
There's also the classics, like Dracula (Bram Stoker) and Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) but they may or may not be holiday reading to you!
Ever, to the outside world, is an ordinary 16yr old girl. But she isn't. Ever since her family died in a ccident she somehow survived back into the world with a gift that she thinks she would be better out- a psychic gift and seeing auras. She wants to be normal, and handsome Damen helps her do exactly that..she tries not to show that she like him, but of course she does..when they touch...when he speaks..he's the only thing in the world. but whats more strange is that he doesn't have an aura. Only dead people dont have aura...but if he isnt dead..what is he?
Brotherhood of the Black Dagger by JR Ward.
Yasmine Galenorn - 3 sisters, one is a witch, one is a vampire and one is a death maiden and they are half fae.
Karen Marie Moning - fae series
well my moms reading this one series i think its a Sookie Stackhouse novel their vampire books the HBO show True Blood is based on them
read A LOT So here are some titles that are pretty good. If you have anymore questions or want to know something on a book please feel to contact me
Peeps: Scoot Westerfeld
Tantilize: Cynthia Lertich Smith
The secret Circle: L.J Smith
Blue bloods series: Melissa Delacruz
The House of Night Series: P.C Cast and Kristen Cast
The Vampire Chronicales: Anne Rice
The Beasties: William Sleator
Prom Nights form hell: Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle.
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I can only imagine that the complaints arise from how often the viewpoint jumps, and it's pretty hard to follow for awhile. In fact, I found myself really lost at a few points as to how anything was relevant. But when the conclusion comes around, and you see what everyone and everything is all about, your mind just reels from all the meaning you can draw from it!
Sydney Carton is definitely one of the most profound characters I know. A life of perpetual disappoint would lead so many to choose so differently, and especially when they could have benefited from it like he could have. But when he makes his final choice... not only giving his life a final purpose, but to define the height of true love and nobility, brings out the best of humanity we all hope actually exists in us.
This book will forever be one of my favorites... I wish I could talk about it for pages, but no one would read the post, haha! But the best way is to read it yourself.
I'm currently reading "The Time Machine" and loving it. I think the way Wells leaves the characters unnamed helps draw you into the story. By purposely leaving the descriptions vague, he allows you to create your own. You become a part of the story rather than just an observer.
My affection for Emma as a novel lies in its tightly laced plot and signature Austen imagery. My adoration of Emma, the character, lies in my lingering childhood desire to somehow make the most popular girl in school like me. (Despite the fact that such a desire is generally rooted in the secret wish that the popular girl will tumble from atop the throne, leaving a vacancy for none other than yours truly.)
It may be cheesy girl stuff, but Emma will always be one of my favorite characters of classic literature. (Complete review available at whatrefuge.blogspot)
About a 14 year old boy growing up in a poor rural town in the 1920's alongside his beloved grandfather. Will Tweedy has many adventures and close-calls. This book will keep you laughing and probably make you shed a tear or two.
My ALL TIME FAVORITE!
A little bit of "Tom Sawyer" mixed with "To Kill a Mockingbird" style.
To previous poster, you're not alone in your love for Emma. I loved all of Jane Austen's novels, but I think my favorite is still Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennett is the perfect heroine IMO.
As far as other Classic literature, I'm a big fan of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as well as The Picture of Dorian Grey. Everything Wilde wrote was brilliant, but these two differ from each other in tone so much as to make them stand out for me. I also like Lady Windermere's fan.
I think Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is an amazing story. It sucks me in every time I read it. Heathcliff is still the most diabolical villain I've encountered in literature.
I'm not sure if it's a major classic, but Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 combines wit and dark shades of humor to deliver an enjoyable read. Loosely related to the fire-bombing of Dresden, the author describes Billy Pilgrim's experiences as he becomes detached of time, frequently reliving memories of his life. Lovely.
Although I have not yet finished Notes From Underground, Dostoyevsky presents an embittered man who gives brilliant discourse on logic, reason, and everything the "stupid man", as he sees it, is infautuated with. While he presents himself as rambling, the journal-esque structure (it is his notes, after all) presented with the eloquent lunacy in his ideas mold beautifully. Must read for anyone who considers themselves a reader at any level.
I'm new to the book club. I just finished reading "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde for the first time. I was supposed to read it in High School many moons ago but never did or at least I don't recall that I did. This book is extremely Candid, about Life and Differences between Men and Womyn. I learned alot about Life and Love from this book. I do recommend this novel to anyone who loves fiction and classic lit. Now I've started further on my list of classic books to read and am reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Happy Reading Everyone! 7-5-2010
PhotonicGuy wrote:I must agree with The Tuggernaut. Crime and Punishment is a complex classical book and I love it.
Crime and Punishment is absolutely amazing! Definitely in my top 5 books ever, I think everyone should read it, and then read it again.