Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Reading Report

Visited the main branch of the Cobb County Library yesterday morning. It's a great library, very well stocked with the sorts of reference books I always seem to be needing. I came away with four books. Gothic, by Fred Botting which is a decent overview of the British Gothic novels of the late 18th/early 19th century. Didn't have a lot in it that I didn't already know, but I'd recommend it as a good text for anyone just beginning a study of the Gothic form. Also picked up Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, which contains short stories by some of the authors who were either part of, or were influenced by the Gothic movement. I read through both those books yesterday when I got them home.
The other two books were both historical reference works which I haven't delved into yet, but both Norman Canter's Civilization of the Middle Ages and The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe (judging by the tables of contents) have at least some material on Greece during the middle ages, which you may recall, was a period and place that I am curious about.
Also re-read Mirage, one of Karl Edward Wagner's Kane short stories, and the Castle of Terror, which is probably my favorite of the Lin Carter/L. Sprague Decamp Conan stories. Has a nice Lovecraftian feel to it.

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