Jean-Baptiste was born without any personal scent and has been shunned most of his life for it. Because of his unnatural nature, Jean-Baptiste becomes obsessed with finding the most perfect smells in the world to blend into a divine perfume. Unfortunately, this makes Jean-Baptiste a dangerous man to beautiful, virginal women – their scents being the penultimate in purity – and Jean-Baptiste must kill thirteen to create his ideal fragrance. The sense of smell becomes a character equal on the page to Jean-Baptiste in Perfume, by Patrick Süskind. Perfume is a disturbingly stunning novel that has been made into an equally eloquent movie starring Ben Wishaw, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman.
Archive for October, 2011
In 2001’s Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich set out to walk in the shoes of the working poor, trying to find jobs and living on the wages or lack thereof. The book remains timely and offers an eye-opening account of the challenges and obstacles faced by millions of Americans.
If changing leaves, creeping mist, and chill-laced evenings put you in the mood to be pricked with fright, we have the book for you. Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense brings together masters of the sublimely eerie in an atmospheric assortment of Victorian-inspired horror tales. Even the titles cast their spells: “Why I Was Hanged” (Gene Wolfe), “The Iron Shroud” (James Morrow), “The Proving of Smollett Standforth (Margo Lanagan), “The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn’s Balloons” (John Langan), and Peter S. Beagle’s exquisite “Music, When Soft Voices Die”. Dare to be scared with visitations by strange machines, seductive spirits, and grim obsession. We won’t blame you for keeping extra candles nearby.
If you think that all Christian music sounds soothing or mellow, like Amy Grant or old-school hymns, you’ve got another thing coming. Christian metal bands have all the thrashing and distortion you can take.
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Dreamland is a crumbling amusement park that Mab has been hired to restore. What Mab doesn’t know is that Dreamland is more than an old fun park. It’s a demon keep. Four of the world’s most dangerous demons are held prisoner in various statues and rides. As Dreamland’s Halloween grand re-opening draws closer, someone starts releasing demons. Meanwhile, Mab thinks she’s in love, and Ethan, the park owner’s son, well, he’s not looking for love, but he is looking for a good time. Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, is a comedic, supernatural romance à la Joss Whedon. In fact, it’s even dedicated to him. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you should give Wild Ride a try
In Hard Eight, Philip Baker Hall delivers a multi-layered performance as Sydney, an aging professional gambler who takes down-on-his-luck loser John (John C. Reilly) under his wing. John’s involvement with an equally wounded waitress (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a shady casino worker (Samuel L. Jackson) introduces a noir element into this compelling character study of a film.
Renee of Fiction/AV/Teen Service recommends Candor by Pam Bachorz:
Always be courteous.
Academics are the key to success.
Healthy breakfasts make for smart minds.
What if subliminal messages like these ran through your head all day? Then you’d be living in Candor. Through brainwashing, teenagers in Candor love to do chores, they get straight A’s and no one is ever an outsider. Oscar is handsome, smart, popular and…different. He’s learned to turn off the messages in his head and makes money helping other kids do the same, so they don’t walk around like programmed drones for the rest of their lives. Oscar’s latest target for business is Nia, except that Oscar finds himself completely smitten by her. Does he save Nia from the messages and never see her again or keep her close and risk exposing everything?