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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft - Cherie Priest

What did I just read?


I sort of liked this book. I love historical fiction & the setting of this one, 1890's Massachusetts, was pleasing. I enjoyed the epistolary format as well, with the different voices of the various characters.


But, on the other hand, I don't really get it. Maybe because I've never read Lovecraft, and this is supposed to be Lovecraftian mythology (Chthulhu, I think).


The ending was the biggest disappointment for me. I really didn't understand the resolution at all. I know there is a sequel, but it looks like it takes place in a completely different location and is thirty years later (Lizzie is 60). I'm sort of interested in it, just because a bad ass sixty-year old axe wielding heroine sounds engaging.


But this ending. What?


Page 261:


Whether that embarrasses you or not, you’d be foolish to deny that my sociable nature is useful. Should you think otherwise, then I offer you a small tidbit for future thought: Ask your Boston investigator what he makes of the tentacles.




Page 167:


I started this book a few nights ago, got sidetracked finishing Jane Eyre, and then decided to try to finish it off this afternoon.


Lucky for me, I'm sitting outside on a beautiful autumn day. It is bright and sunshiny. Because this book is terrifying.


Also, it's super gross.


It's set in Fall River, Massachusetts, so I'm planning on using it for: