Friday, August 7, 2009

Book Blogging Babes

Back in May of last year, my friend Tiffany started an on-line book club that her friend, The Motherboard then named, "Book Blogging Babes." The basic idea is that we would all read the same book (where ever in the country we were living) and post our review of the book on-line at our common web-site. We were all really good about it for about eight months and then we all kind of fizzled out.

Well, with school starting in a few weeks, I have felt motivated to try and revive it. The book I have chosen for the month of September is "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins.

Here is what the web-site Goodreads has to say about it:

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White was a phenomenal bestseller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Dickens, Collins' friend and mentor. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall readers today.

The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening. Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.

Masterfully constructed, The Woman in White is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction: Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant "Napoleon of Crime."

I will be posting my review of the book on the Book Blogging Babes site on September 30th. If you feel so inclined, feel free to read the book and post your review there as well.

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life." - W. Somerset Maugham


michelle said...

Way to go Janice! I have missed our online book club. I'm in!

Gabriela said...

Dang, if only I had known a couple of weeks ago, I could have purchased the book. It sounds really good.

I'm totally in when I'm Stateside again. :)

Tess said...

I think Disney made a movie out of this book waaayy back when I was a kid...I think so, anyway.

If I remember right, it was spooky and very well done. I'll look forward to your review.

Jane Anne said...

I think I'll read it.