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Michael's Book Babble

I'm an indie author and a scribbler of inane babble. I talk about books I've read/liked. Or at least, that's the plan.


Most of the reviews will be considered "mini-reviews." Usually, it's mostly my reaction to what I've been reading. There are people who are far better at doing full and helpful reviews. But I still have fun doing them, and hope you enjoy them!

Delightfully demented and full of impending dread

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ott, Jonathan Lethem

Here's the deal. I tried my best to write a review, but I couldn't come up with anything that seemed decent enough to count as a review. It happens. Even if I really enjoy a book, sometimes I have a hard time trying to put it into words. So, this won't be one of my typical reviews. Truth be told, it's not much of a review to begin with.


But I will say I loved Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in a Castle. After I finished, the book lingered in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more I couldn't escape it. This is an ugly, ugly story--but it's so well done. Jackson is able to create dread and tension through atmosphere alone. There isn't a whole lot of action here, but when the action does happen--wow.


I highly recommend the audiobook. It's read by Bernadette Dunne, and she does an amazing job as she presents us this very troubled narrator. I couldn't think of anybody else who'd do a better job.


Well... Look at that. I guess this kinda looks like a review after all.


4 and a half stars