Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library explores Gothic culture’s roots in British literature and celebrates 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel.
Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Eyre, the exhibition brings the dark and macabre to life with artefacts, old and new. Highlights of the exhibition include a vampire slaying kit and 18th and 19th century Gothic fashions, as well as one of Alexander McQueen’s iconic catwalk creations. Also on display is a model of the Wallace and Gromit Were-Rabbit, showing how Gothic literature has inspired varied and colourful aspects of popular culture in exciting ways over centuries.
The exhibit runs through 20 January 2015. See the full press release for more details.
I think this speaks for itself. Enjoy!
What do you think of this ever so short clip from the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?
Finally, a vampire movie I want to watch! What We Do in the Shadows comes from New Zealand and made the film festival rounds this year where apparently every reviewer rated it hilarious. Its due for a US release in February. I’m planning to be just a teensy bit tipsy when I go see this because, as funny as it looks from the trailer and this amazing clip, I’m guessing it will be pure magic with a few beers in me.
The final chapter in the story of Thorin Oakenshield… and the little guy without a beard.
Attack of the Mega Cute Vampires – Double Feature. Start!
Our first feature is Chibi Vampire and here’s what Tokyopop said about it.
Karin is a cute little girl who also happens to be a vampire…with a twist. Once a month, she experiences intense bleeding from her nose–we’re talking gushers! In other words, she’s a vamp with blood to spare, so rather than stealing blood from humans she actually gives her blood to them. If done right, this can be an extremely positive experience that benefits the “victim” as much as the vampire. The problem is that Karin never seems to do things right!
Karin’s family, of course, are “normal” vampires. Karin is their precious little ugly duckling of a vampire. Crosses and mirrors don’t phase her. [Groan.] She works at a Chinese restaurant that uses lots of garlic. [Moan.] Karin gives people her blood when she bits, instead of taking theirs. [Doh!] And she can even go out in the daylight. [Shudder.] Karin is just trying to enjoy a peaceful high school life, with a part time job. Karin needs that job since who else is going to pay the electric bill? Her family sees in the dark far better than she does. But the blood, her blood, gets in the way. Not only does that time of the month (yeah, I know, only a female mangaka can get away with that) intrudes on her life but her blood seems to act up when she’s around the new transfer student, handsome but poor Kenta Usui. What is going on? Gusher!
So this came out yesterday and it looks pretty good though vague on plot details. The special effects, especially the Hulk-sized Iron Man suit, look as good as you would expect from a Marvel movie and the Ultron/Spader narration with Pinocchio lyrics is a fun wink to Disney that took me a minute to identify. Should be fun. What do you think?
Just in time for Hallowe’en.
WWEnd Top 25 Reviewers:
Last week, Worlds Without End passed 4,000 book reviews! You may recall that at the end of January we announced 2,500 reviews which kind of puts into perspective how fast our review database is growing. We’ve had over 1,500 reviews posted in just 8 months! Our hats are off to our 331 members who have put so much time and effort into these great reviews and we want to especially recognize our top 25 reviewers who have gone above and beyond.
Click any avatar on the right to find a list of all the reviews for each of our top reviewers. See our Books Reviewed on WWEnd list for all the books in our database that have been reviewed thus far.
Of course we know how you like your stats so we broke down the data for your entertainment and edification.
|Actual Books Reviewed|
|Total Books Reviewed||1,882||1,227||663|
|SF Books Reviewed||1,019||747||274|
|Fantasy Books Reviewed||729||375||360|
|Horror Books Reviewed||172||121||51|
|Total Authors Reviewed||736||430||306|
|SF Authors Reviewed||413||270||143|
|Fantasy Authors Reviewed||362||169||193|
|Horror Authors Reviewed||104||65||39|
Please note: The male and female numbers refer to the authors’ gender not the reviewers. Some of the numbers above don’t match up exactly because some books are listed in more than one genre and some books are co-authored by male and female authors etc.
Most Reviewed SF Books:
- Ancillary Justice (26)
- The Forever War (23)
- Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (19)
- Zoo City (18)
- The Demolished Man (16)
- Doomsday Book (16)
- The Stars My Destination (16)
- The Dispossessed (15)
- Boneshaker (14)
- Childhood’s End (14)
- Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (14)
- Rendezvous with Rama (14)
Most Reviewed Fantasy Books:
- Feed (23)
- Among Others (20)
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (18)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (14)
- The Drowning Girl (13)
- Souless (13)
- A Wizard of Earthsea (13)
- The Best of All Possible Worlds (11)
- The Night Circus (11)
- American Gods (10)
- Dragonflight (10)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (10)
- Perdido Street Station (10)
- Redemption in Indigo (10)
Most Reviewed Horror Books:
- The Graveyard Book (8)
- Gone Girl (6)
- Blackout (5)
- Coraline (4)
- A Discovery of Witches (4)
- The Girl With All The Gifts (4)
- Heart-Shaped Box (4)
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle (4)
- Abarat (3)
- The Between (3)
- A Dark Matter (3)
- Dead Until Dark (3)
- Drawing Blood (3)
- The Exorcist (3)
- Flesh Eaters (3)
- It (3)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (3)
- Red Dragon (3)
- Salem’s Lot (3)
- Servant of the Underworld (3)
- The Strain (3)
- Those Who Hunt the Night (3)
As you can see, Science Fiction book reviews lead the way with almost 1,000 more reviews than in Fantasy while Horror, which is relatively new to WWEnd, lags far behind with fewer than 300 reviews to date. I would have guessed our Fantasy reviews would be closer to even with our SF reviews so those numbers are a little surprising. There does not seem to be a whole lot of cross-over from SF/F to Horror but 259 still seems a bit lower than expected.
There is an interesting mix of old standbys and newer works in the most reviewed books lists. Ancillary Justice tops all books with 26 member reviews which is pretty amazing considering it came out just last year. I like that The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination, both with 16 reviews each and both personal favorites of mine, made it into the top reviewed SF list.
The most reviewed SF books list is an even break between books by men and women authors whereas the Fantasy list is all women authors aside from Neil Gaiman and China Meiville. The Horror list is more male dominated but it’s a much smaller number of reviews than the other lists. I wonder how that compares to other sites?
What do you make of these stats? What points of interest can you find in them?
Thanks again to all WWEnders for sharing their thoughts on the books they’ve read. I hope visitors to our site find these reviews helpful in finding great books to read!
In an earlier blog, I mentioned that it was my intention to peruse the endless manga bookshelves to find the best SF and bring it to your attention. And by doing this, hopefully some quality SF manga would earn places right next to their top level USA SF counterparts.
To my own chagrin, I’ve discovered I didn’t need to look any further than my own bookshelves for this title. For a variety of reasons, none of which are any good, Eden made it’s way onto my shelf, but not onto my reading pile. That has changed. Eden is a manga we should pay attention to.
This is what Dark Horse has to say about the first volumes of Eden: It’s an Endless World.
Eden Volume One is both a brilliant love song to the post-apocalyptic survival genre and the beginning of a deep exploration on man’s role in the natural order. In the near future, a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus that hardens the skin while dissolving internal organs. Those who aren’t immune are either severely crippled or allowed to live with cybernetically enhanced bodies. Taking advantage of a world in chaos, a paramilitary force known as the Propater topples the United Nations and seeks world domination. Elia, a young survivor searching for his mother, travels towards the Andes Mountains with an artificially intelligent combat robot. When he encounters a group of anti-Propater freedom fighters, a maelstrom of unique characters unfolds. Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner!