Nutcracker – E.T.A. Hoffmann – Translated by Ralph Manheim

“I hope,” said the child’s mother, “I do hope, dear Judge that this story won’t be as gruesome as your stories usually are.”
“Oh no, dear lady,” said Drosselmeier. “On the contrary, this is a fairy story.”
“Oh, tell it, tell it, dear Godfather,” the children cried. And the Judge began.” (Page 40) Continue reading “Nutcracker – E.T.A. Hoffmann – Translated by Ralph Manheim”

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carré

We have to live without sympathy, don’t we? That’s impossible, of course. We act it to one another, all this hardness; but we aren’t like that really. I mean … one can’t be out in the cold all the time; one has to come in from the cold.” (page 15) Continue reading “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carré”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Televised Murders, Oompa-Loompas , and Other Reasons I Hate Library Genre Stickers. Continue reading “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson”

Becoming Mrs. Smith – Tanya E. Williams


“Miss Marshall,” he says. “She’s getting married.”
“Does that mean we’ll have to call her Mrs. Marshall?” Iris asks from across the table.
“No, Iris. She will have to take the last name of her new husband.”
“Huh?” Iris looks dumbfounded.
“Say Violet marries me.” John hesitates and casts me a brief glance. “She would become Mrs. Smith.”” (page 241 – [Amazon Kindle version]) Continue reading “Becoming Mrs. Smith – Tanya E. Williams”

We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. … I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.” (page 1) Continue reading “We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson”