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Book 26

  1. Amis, Martin — London Fields (471 pages)
  2. Morpurgo, Michael — War Horse (182 pages)
  3. Winterson, Jeanette — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (177 pages)
  4. Robinson, Bruce — Paranoia in the Launderette (43 pages)
  5. Carter, Angela — Heroes and Villains (152 pages)
  6. Burroughs, Edgar Rice — A Princess of Mars (209 pages)
  7. Hill, Susan — The Woman in Black (152 pages)
  8. Fowler, Karen Joy — Sarah Canary (293 pages)
  9. Rennison, Nick — 100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels (174 pages)
  10. Beresford, David — Ten Men Dead (426 pages)
  11. Freedland, Jonathan — Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic (245 pages)
  12. Kierkegaard, Søren — Fear and Trembling (150 pages)
  13. Nothomb, Amélie — Fear and Trembling (132 pages)
  14. Delany, Samuel R. — Babel-17 (194 pages)
  15. Raine, Craig — History: The Home Movie (335 pages)
  16. du Maurier, Daphne — Jamaica Inn (312 pages)
  17. Kurlansky, Mark — The Basque History of the World (361 pages)
  18. Allin, Michael — Zarafa (204 pages)
  19. Cain, James M. — The Postman Always Rings Twice (116 pages)
  20. Brin, David — The Postman (324 pages)
  21. Skármeta, Antonio — El cartero de Neruda (130 pages)
  22. Moers, Walter — The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (698 pages)
  23. Shostakovich, Dmitri — Testimony (312 pages)
  24. Souders, Steve — High Performance Web Sites (145 pages)
  25. Skinner, Dave and Henry Paker — Don't Arm Wrestle a Pirate: 101 Really Bad Ideas (101 pages)
  26. Gaskell, Elizabeth — Lois the Witch and Other Stories (250 pages)
Page count
6288

As usual, at Halloween I plucked an appropriately themed book from my shelves, and this time I decided to discover what Elizabeth Gaskell is all about.

For the most part I enjoyed these stories and Gaskell's style, so I'd be more disposed to tackling one of her larger works. Despite the title and being packaged as part of a horror series (Penguin's Red Classics), these are not so much horror or suspense stories as much as they are studies of the long-term and often extreme consequences of people's actions, tinged with a bit of the supernatural as a guiding moral agent. I most enjoyed the first story, "The Poor Clare," for its various twists and the title story for its portrayal of the state of mind of one of the accused of the Salem Witch Trials.

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