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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1974)

In Film on December 23, 2005 at 10:06 am

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, atmospheric film directed by Peter Weir, it left me desperately intrigued and mystified.

The premise: Valentine’s day, 1900 – A group of students and teachers from an upper-class all-girl boarding school went picnic at the Hanging Rock, a landscape attraction in Australia. Four girls and one teacher went up and never returned. The search party’s efforts were fruitless, until days later they found one of the girls unconscious at the top of the rocks, who later recovered but seems to have lost her memory of the incident. The disappearance haunted those remained: fellow students, headmistress, police, strangers. They mourned, speculated and questioned…what happened to the other girls? what really happened up there?

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The Monk

In Novel on May 4, 2005 at 2:41 am

themonk.jpegThe Monk (1796)

by Matthew Lewis

Another Gothic related entry~ ^_- I have a BLAST reading this, it’s a pity this novel is burdened with the status of “Classic Literature”, when in fact it is a galloping over-the-top, exploitative sensational shock entertainment (you know, trashy like Wuthering Height). It is a DAMN good read! I feel ashamed to say but it is quite up there at my most favorite novels list. XD Though not the first, The Monk is the best-selling and most influential Gothic Literature of its time. Author Matthew Lewis wrote it when he was a 19 year old teenager in ten weeks…and it shows. The story revolves around a well respected and proud monk named Ambrosia. He regarded himself morally superior and cruelly unforgiving to everyone else. His vanity and inhumanity eventually led him spiral to hell in an epic, bloody and spectacular fashion full of horrors, tortures, witchcrafts and demons (the good stuff).

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

In Novel on December 12, 2004 at 3:27 am

johnstrange.jpgJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
Susanna Clarke

Finally finish this 800 pages book after spending the past month reading it, absorbing the richly detail world setting, investing in the colorful cast of characters and stories-within-stories that’s full of mysteries and twist and turns. Now I feel a sense of lost and wish there’s a sequel!! >0The writing style is witty, fun and easy reading, and I can totally see why some critics called it a “Harry Potter for adult”. The book start out slow with seemingly episodic events, then they weaved together as the pace pick up. You can read the summery here.

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Two George MacDonald Fantasy

In Novel on November 10, 2004 at 2:48 am

princessgoblin-thumb.jpgThe Princess and the Goblin (1871)
by George MacDonald

I found these expensive luxury UK import Children books on bargain at a bookstore for only $5 each. They’re all richly cloth bound with very nice paper and printing. Inside are classic illustrations from the 19th century edition. So I picked up two that I’ve always wanted to read, which are two victorian children Fantasy novels by George MacDonald, who’s known to be one of the first and most influencial Fantasy writers from the 19th century. The Princess and the Goblins was also known to be Tolkien and C.S. Lewis childhood favorite; I can definitely see the influences.

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