Though its been quite sometime since I have blogged, I have been doing a lot to talk about. Maybe I will overcome my laziness and tell you all about it , someday.
For now we will do a book review of the very first book that I have read over a mobile device , iphone4 !
Yes I bought a new phone and its an iPhone and am luvn it!
I am using the Apple Reader iBooks to chose and read from a huge amount of free material they offer. Stanza is another app based reader and I tried Kindle too, but I think in terms of readability iBooks tops.
Now on to the review. “The Haunted Hotel” is a sufficient gothic story with its fair amount of interesting characters, haunted rooms and scandalous love affairs.
Though I did not notice this when I read the book, but as I try to explain the plot, I realize that its quite complex. As it is more of a mystery than a ghost story ( with a huge potential for making a real good movie) I wont divulge too much. Lets say there is a hush hush marriage, a scorned lover , rivalry between brothers, missing servants and phantom visions.
Wilkie Collins creates a fair amount of sympathy for almost each character in the book that it is hard to really dislike somone. In the first half of the book, there clearly emerges a murder . Our detective in this case is the scorned lover who is unwittingly pulled into the main stream. Though as a reader you have already categorized your cast into evil and angelic – you are never too sure – as all characters display layers.
The the word is “haunted” in the title, there is not much of spooky stuff happening – chilling and gory maybe – but not haunting.
This is not an elaborate blog post , and nor is the book probably Wilkie Collins best works , but I only put it here because it is nice a gothic story ideal for a rainy or cold evening
Sometime to think about from the book
“How much happier we should be ” she thought to herself sadly ” if we never grew up!”