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22 February 2012


I think the title in the UK is "Mr. Briggs' Hat", because this was already on my TBR from a couple of other blog posts. Good to know I need to look for the US title! I do like Victorian era reads. Your post reminds me I also need to read The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. More True (Victorian) Crime.

I read the book The Woman in Black and just found it so-so. It didn't scare me at all. Maybe my expectations were too high. Now, The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters? That totally got under my skin.

I saw the play of The Woman in Black in London and also just thought it was so-so. Ooh, the rocking chair rocks ALL BY ITSELF! It seems I'm not easily frightened.

I had vague plans to see the movie anyway a couple of weeks ago because it did seem like the creepy factor would be better on the big screen than my tiny TV. In the end, however, my friend and I opted to have more sangria and linger over dessert. The right choice, I think.

I do love the Victorians. Everything just seems so sinister and dark and strange all the time. This reminds me of Thunderstruck, which I haven't read, but the whole wiring across the Atlantic thing seems similar.

Ah, Ruthiella,
Thanks for the info. I hadn't thought about it being published in GB first but of course that makes sense. For once I prefer the American title.
I did read The Suspicions... but can't remember being as taken with it as everyone else. I think I much preferred Rick Geary's book about Lizzie Borden, although evidently a lot of that strayed from truly factual nonfiction.
Too bad about "The Woman in Black"! I was thinking about reading it but may not spend the time if it too was only so-so...

HA! Yes, the rocking chair got a lot of play in the movie too. What I couldn't get past was this: so you've got a ghost in the neighborhood who goes after kids? If you had kids, wouldn't you move? Now, I know people didn't just move around very easily in Victorian England but still...you'd think that would light a fire under you.
More sangria and dessert is always the right choice. But I do have a little crush on Daniel Radcliffe, so it was kind of fun. Maybe get it on DVD?

I was never that into the Victorians but have found them more alluring of late. I suppose it all started with the BBC program "North and South..."

A large part of Thunderstruck was the newness of the telegraph technology, so they could let a ship captain know that he had a suspected murderer (Crippen) on board his ship. That book must be set just slightly later than this one. I read it because everybody's crazy for Erik Larson, but I found it pretty meh. I am not really a big Larson fan.

There was an earlier film version of The Woman in Black in the late 1980s that I remember thinking was rather creepy. But maybe it was because I was watching it late at night home alone.

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