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Maxwell Volume

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Musician, occasional writer, civil and digital liberties activist, trans-dimensional etymologist, surrealist sportsman, dangling participle.

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The Wine of Angels (2011, Corvus) No rating

‘The red soil and the long, wooded hills… the twisted houses with old bones of …

Starting off like a slightly dark version of Vicar of Dibley, but I've enjoyed what I've read of Rickman's other works, so I'm willing to give it a go. Also, I'm in the market for a bit of low-commitment entertainment right at the moment.

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Interview with the Vampire (1994, Alfred A. Knopf) 3 stars

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey …

Struggling through - having a difficult time putting myself in the mindset of a moody teenager. I'm trying to keep in mind that in 1976 all of the modern goth vampire tropes didn't exist. On the other hand, I haven't given up, since some aspects of it are better than I remembered.

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Interview with the Vampire (2010, Ballantine Books) 3 stars

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey …

As the saying goes: "don't revisit a book you read & loved back when you were a teenage goth". Or not. Thus far, I'm amazed at how all-over-the-place the prose is. It's either bad, or more experimental than I remember it. Knowing now that it was written in response, or at least influenced by, the death of Rice's daughter, I'm finding it more nuanced than when I first read it. We shall see.

Our Endless Numbered Days (2015, Penguin Books Ltd) 4 stars

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her …

An interesting intersection between nature writing and thriller.

4 stars

Simultaneously the fairytale of a girl and her father living alone in an isolated cottage in the woods, and a tragedy of abduction and mental illness. Written primarily from the perspective of the young girl, the quality of the prose captures the developing awareness of the narrator’s situation very well. The pacing and narrative structure was a little… fluid shall we say, which I wouldn’t necessarily say is a negative thing, considering the nature of the narrator and the subject matter. A great debut, I’m looking forward to reading her subsequent novels.