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Maven Books

Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Süskind , John E. Woods
It's Up to the Women
Eleanor Roosevelt
The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel
John Wray
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, and What It Means for Your Health, the Law, and Human Nature
Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula - Bram Stoker, Joseph Valente

I'm pretty sure I read this back in high school, but as I started to read it just before Halloween, I realized I had completely forgotten everything about it.  It has a good dose of creepy and thrilling elements, though it's a bit plodding in parts, what with all the journal entries and exclamations of "oh, what brave men!"  Some of the characters' actions were a bit baffling, and they felt like they were written that way to fit in later plot points.  (Why on earth would they keep Mina out of things, right after saying how great and smart she was, with her "man's brain?"  And then see what happened as a result!)  That said, it's still a good book, and a classic, at that.