LMGilbert wrote:Made myself finish "Mockingjay".... ok, fine, whatever. Let's just say there were no surprises. Now reading a collection of Shirley Jackson work, which includes a lot of short stories as well as "Haunting of Hill House" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," which I haven't read since high school, and am REALLY looking forward to, esp after having done with the best-selling trilogy that shall not be named.
I am a dyed in the wool horror fan, and I must say "Haunting of Hill House" is one of the most terrifying novels ever written. Some claim the film based upon it, "The Haunting," is the scariest movie ever made, but imho it pales compared to the novel. So read it at night, just before bed, with the lights dimmed.
Decades ago I started reading "The Bird's Nest" by SJ, about a woman with multiple personality disorder, and I found it so disturbing I had to stop reading. Very uncharacteristic of me! A couple years ago I read it all the way through, and it gave me ideas for my second novel, about a young pianist with MPD whose different personalities manifest themselves in her playing.
I also recall loving "The Sundial." And of course there is always her infamous short story "The Lottery."
Shirley Jackson is terrific, so enjoy!
"Wagner's 'Das Rheingold'" (Oxford 1993). Winner of the Society for Music Theory's Wallace Berry Award, 1995.
"Elements of Sonata Theory" co-authored with James Hepokoski(Oxford 2006). Winner of the Society for Music Theory's Wallace Berry Award, 2008.